Vice presidential aspirant Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has surged in two separate surveys, taking the solo lead going into the final month of the 45-day campaign.
The Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC)-dzRH Third Wave Survey Result on April 2, 2016 showed Marcos surging to 29.8 percent, edging out his closest rival Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, who garnered 22.6 percent.
In third place was Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano at 18.4 percent, followed by Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo who got 17.8 percent.
Senators Antonio Trillanes 4th and Gregorio Honasan garnered 5.5 percent and 4.3 percent, respectively.
The survey used face-to-face interview with 7,490 respondents from randomly selected barangay (villages) in various provinces, harnessing the strength of the largest radio network in Asia.
MBC has 175 stations under dzRH, Love Radio, Yes FM, Aksyon Radio, Hot FM and Radio Natin.
It also operates dzRH News Television.
Marcos also took the lead in the latest Pulso ng Pilipino survey.
The non-commissioned survey conducted from March 16 to 22, 2016 by the Issues and Advocacy Center showed Marcos getting 27 percent of the “votes,” three percent higher than Escudero, who got 24 percent.
In the same poll, Robredo got 21 percent, Cayetano, 14 percent, Trillanes, seven percent and Honasan, five percent.
Marcos also led the rest of his rivals for A/B social classes with 27 percent, and 24, 23, and 24 percentage points for classes C, D, and E, respectively.
Ed Malay, director of the Center, said the survey showed the so-called millennials seemingly gravitating toward Marcos, whose campaign platform is anchored on unity and progress.
Marcos maintained that the rise in his ratings was a product of the people’s acceptance of his message for national unity.
“But we should not stop there. We will continue to bring the message to as many people as possible and give them hope and confidence that things will be better if we have unity,” he said.