Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero topped the pre-election survey commissioned by broadcasting giant Manila Broadcasting Company and its flagship station DZRH.
Duterte was the choice of 30.25 percent of the respondents while Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares placed second with 25.14 percent. She was followed by Vice President Jejomar Binay, 18.63 percent, former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas, 14.92 percent, and Sen. Miriam Defensor–Santiago, 6.22 percent.
In the vice presidential race, Escudero garnered 28.49 percent of the votes, with Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr coming in second at 24.62 percent. Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano placed third at 18.25 percent, followed by Rep. Leni Robredo, 12.53 percent, Sen. Antonio Trillanes, 7.75 percent and Sen. Gregorio Honasan, 6.11 percent.
In the senatorial race, re-electionists Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto 3rd and Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson led the survey rankings with 57.63 percent and 54.01 percent respectively. They were followed by Sen. Franklin Drilon (47.7.4 percent), Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri (46.97 percent), Senator Ralph Recto (45.98 percent), Sen. Francis Pangilinan (43.33 percent), Sen. Sergio Osmena 3rd (37.89 percent), Sen. Richard Gordon (37.07 percent), Rep. Manny Pacquiao (36.64 percent), Justice Secretary Leila de Lima (36.26 percent), Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros (33.81 percent), Sen Teofisto Guingona 3rd (26.22 percent), actor Edu Manzano (21.38 percent), Mark Lapid (21.18 percent), and Sherwin Gatchalian (19.46 percent)
With the biggest random sampling so far of 7,436 respondents interviewed face-to-face by Emeer 2 Research Services, the MBC-DZRH pre-election survey sampled 25 households in each of 300 randomly selected barangays in different provinces all over the country.
Researchers tapped male and female registered voters coming from ABCDE households.
The survey was conducted on November 28, a week after Duterte confirmed that he was running, but just a couple of days his controversial speech at the PDP-Laban proclamation. Duterte led throughout the country, except in regions 1,2,3,4A, 4B, 5, 6 and 8 where Poe topped the survey.
Robredo welcomed her increased poll ratings, saying it was the first time that she got double digits.
“The numbers are very encouraging because I started at the bottom. I only had 3 percent a month ago which was understandable because I am a neophyte in Congress and I haven’t join any national election before this,” Robredo said.
“The message here is that we still have a lot of work to do. We need to be relentless because this is an uphill climb. I really started from nothing,” she added.
Although he led in the vice presidential survey, Escudero admitted that the survey result does not make him feel secure.
“I am not just worried but I am scared. My father taught me that I should always be running scared in any election where I am running for a post. But I will do everything I can, within the bounds of our laws, and I will leave it for our people to decide,” the senator said.
“If you are ahead, you can’t be complacent. If you are trailing, you can’t sulk. You always need to be tireless in campaigning, answering issues and making a stand to send your message to the voters,” he added.