• Duterte, Marcos also top Pulse poll

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    SURGING Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte brings his campaign to Cainta, Rizal. PHOTO BY CZEASAR DANCEL

    SURGING Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte brings his campaign to Cainta, Rizal. PHOTO BY CZEASAR DANCEL

    DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Du­terte and Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. were the runaway winners in the presidential and vice presidential pre-election survey conducted by Pulse Asia.

    The survey, commissioned by ABS-CBN and conducted from March 29 to April 3, showed Duterte enjoying a five-percentage point lead over his closest rival Sen. Grace Poe. Duterte got the nod of 30 percent of the respondents while Poe had 25 percent.

    In the vice presidential race, Marcos pulled away from Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero with 28 percent against the latter’s 21 percent.

    On Monday, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed Duterte and Marcos leading the two races. The poll was conducted from March 30 to April 2.

    The Pulse Asia survey showed that Poe suffered a three-percent drop from her rating in the previous survey.

    The latest poll used face-to-face interviews with 4,000 respondents and had a ±1.5% error margin at the 95 percent confidence level.

    In the Pulse Asia survey held from March 15 to 20, Duterte placed second to Poe with a rating of 24 percent, four percentage points lower than the senator’s 28 percent.

    Vice President Jejomar Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance and Liberal Party’s Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd were statistically tied at third place with 20 percent and 19 percent, respectively.

    Based on the previous survey, Binay also dropped by three percentage points while Roxas’ rating was unchanged.

    Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago got only two percent.

    Respondents belonging to socioeconomic classes ABC and D chose Duterte at 41 percent and 31 percent, respectively. Poe was the preferred candidate of respondents in class E, getting 29 percent of the respondents’ votes.

    Duterte was also the top choice for respondents in Mindanao with 55 percent while Poe took most of the votes of respondents from Luzon with 31 percent. Roxas topped Visayas with 34 percent.

    Duterte was chosen by 32 percent of voters in Metro Manila, followed by Poe with 30 percent, Binay, 20 percent, Roxas, 11 percent and Santiago, two percent.

    The mayor said he was humbled by the survey results.

    In a statement, Duterte campaign manager Leoncio Evasco said their camp welcomes the latest survey results with “guarded optimism.”

    “We are humbled by the results of the recent survey which have Mayor Duterte now in the lead in voter preference,” Evasco added.

    “While we welcome this with guarded optimism, we are fully aware that the battle is not yet over. We will continue to build on this momentum and aim for a complete, decisive and indisputable victory for genuine change,” he said.

    Evasco urged Duterte’s supporters “to continue to reach out to the undecided.”

    “We need to convert and convince others that the path to real change is through the unparalleled and decisive leadership that Mayor Duterte has been providing us,” he said.

    Binay’s camp said the survey results will prompt the Vice President to “work harder, together with our various support groups, as election day nears.”

    “The Vice President will continue to persevere to touch the hearts and minds of the people that his anti-poor programs will effectively uplift their lives,” Rico Quicho, Binay’s campaign spokesman, said.

    Meanwhile, Marcos said the new survey “is proof that our message for national unity resonates with the Filipino people.”

    “For years, we have been ruled by divisiveness and I guess the people want to change that because Filipinos are by nature cooperative, kind and gracious. We will keep on going and work harder to spread our message to more people,” he added.

    WITH CATHERINE S. VALENTE

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    9 Comments

    1. We need change and we need it now. We can no longer be slaves to the political powers whose corrupt ways keep us from being a free country. Crime and corruption have put a stranglehold on our basic human freedoms, and we need someone with a political will to free us from them. We need to throw these tyrants where they belong, in jail and out of our lives. I hope Mayor Duterte is the answer to our prayers. I hope he is the savior of the Filipino people. I am sick and tired of the status quo, lax labor laws, and the rich getting richer from the backs of the working class, I’m sick of seeing people mired in poverty with no relief in sight. I am sick of crime and rampant lawlessness, and syndicates that prey on the innocent.
      We can do better than this, we can be better than this, we just need to use our common sense when picking our leaders. Come on, Philippines! Let us oust the oligarchs, the power hungry liars, and the dynasties that have plagued this nation since the dawn of time. Go out and vote! Vote out the yellow cult, ignore the white puritan candidate. She is as phony as a three dollar bill. Go out and vote! Vote wisely. Vote Digong!

    2. With 1500 sampling to represent 40 million qualified Filipino voters, is that a good reliable sampling ? When I was in college in UP, I always question my instructor in Statistics Math 101 , the reliability of the number of samplings versus the total population of voters. There is a percentage of sampling versus population that will justify a good statistical result and it is not 1500 to 40 million voters.

    3. mabait na pinoy on

      The “silent majority” are letting us know that a big change is on its way, and shall elect a President that will lead in eradicating criminalities and equally distributing the wealth throughout the country (Federal System). They will choose a candidate that has been tested and proven, a public servant for so many years with so many great accomplishments, and have truly worked for his people, and this is Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. I may add, in his campaign promise that he is not interested in stealing people’s money and it shows in his lifestyle after so many years as a public servant. However, he have four (4) wives, which is an acceptable practice in Muslim World and the Roman Catholic Church respects other religion’s practices. To some people like myself, inggit lang kami.

      Please don’t get me wrong, I am not campaigning nor voting for any candidates running for public office because I am not qualified. However, I can see the pattern, on how the people express their frustrations on our existing government, a lawless and corrupt government and will elect an honest person that is capable in making changes.

      • A change to federalism would mean the approval of congress and the senate, what makes you think that Duterte alone can make the change by himself? What he said about the change to a federal system, for all intents and purposes, is a suggestion. Never mistake it as a promise.

        By the way, a change to federalism, would also entail a change in the Philippine constitution as well, and no one is above the constitution, not even the president.

        I’m not saying that it’s impossible, but with his bad mouth, his lack of decorum, how is he supposed to convince congress and the senate that federalism is good for the country?!

        In you comment, you made me feel that Duterte is your Messiah, your Savior, when it is quite obvious that he is feeding you empty promises (some people call it lies). I feel so sorry for you, your grammar is ok, your vocabulary is broad, but, too bad your reasoning is naive.

        Silly boy, you don’t know what you are saying.

    4. Romeo Tuazon on

      ast Thursday, Duterte in a news conference in Palawan, stated that in exchange for train that he will ask for China to build in Mindanao, he will shut up and and allow China to go ahead and claim what we really own, our rights in China Sea. That’s what I call traitor. He will give up the livelihood of our fishermen, our right to navigate with freedom to our own territory. What is next? Magiging tuta na tayo ng mga intsik, aalilain tayo at we will become 2nd class citizen in our own country. Gusto ko sana siya dahil sa strong stance nya against illegal drug, pero he will sell us to China. Inutil and labas natin at alipin tayo ng Chinese govt. WAKE up voters, he will sell our country, our rights and sovereignty and our soul. God bless the Phil. and may the Almight God rescue us from this reckless behavior. Long live the Pilipino people and fight for our right. Vote Roxas or Poe

    5. Just want to know which part in the visayas that the survey was conducted in w/ roxas bacome the #1 choice. just asking????

      • Perhaps in Guimaras, the bailiwick of the Lopezes (Roxas’ supporter) and Iloilo. I’m even not sure if he will be No. 1 in Capiz, his home province where he seldom visit.