The administration party’s presumptive standard-bearer, Manuel Roxas 2nd, continues to trail behind the frontrunners, Sen. Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay, but he got the most significant ratings increase in the latest Pulse Asia survey.
Poe, an independent who was the Liberal Party’s (LP) original choice for Vice President, got 27 percent of respondents, saying they would vote for her if the elections were held at the time they were polled.
The figure, however, is three percentage points less than her survey rating in June.
Binay, the opposition’s presumptive standard-bearer, garnered 21 percent, a slight drop from his 22 percent rating in the previous quarter.
Roxas of the Liberal Party, meanwhile, garnered 18 percent, up by eight points from his 10 percent rating in June.
Malacañang was quick in attributing the increase in Roxas’ numbers to an “increasing support for him as the standard-bearer of daang matuwid.”
The “daang matuwid” or straight path policy is the Aquino administration’s catch phrase in promoting good governance.
Coloma also credited Roxas’ higher rating in the survey to President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s endorsement of his presidential candidacy in July.
“This improvement was achieved within a month after President Aquino endorsed his candidacy,” he noted.
In the survey, the respondents were asked: “Of the people on this list, whom would you vote for as President of the Philippines if the 2016 elections were held today and they were candidates. You may mention others not included in this list.”
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte scored 15 percent, followed by Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and deposed president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, both with 5 percent.
Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago garnered 4 percent while Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and former senator Panfilo Lacson both got a rating of 1 percent.
The survey, commissioned by media company ABS-CBN, was conducted from August 27 to September 3 among 1,200 respondents nationwide.
It had a margin of error of plus-or-minus three percentage points.
The survey was conducted at the height of a protest staged by members of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC or Church of Christ) when Poe received heavy criticism for allegedly siding with the religious organization whose members occupied a portion of Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), causing monstrous traffic jams all over Metro Manila.
Poe and Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero continue to lead in the vice presidential survey. Poe’s numbers dropped from the previous survey, even before she announced she was seeking the presidency.
The two are in a statistical tie, with Escudero leaping by 10 points to 25 percent from June’s 15 percent.
Both Cayetano and Marcos scored 7 percent in the vice presidential survey while Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto and President Aquino both scored 6 percent.
Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th and Lacson both garnered 5 percent, followed by former senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo with 2 percent.
Calls within the LP for Robredo to be Roxas’ running mate grew stronger after Poe finally declared her bid against Roxas in 2016.
Robredo, however, remains unsure of her 2016 plans to date, even as President Aquino already talked to her and her family.
Among the preferred vice presidential bets, only Escudero has declared his bid for the 2016 elections, where Escudero and Poe will run as a team.
Political analyst Ramon Casiple considers the three-point drop in Poe’s ratings as something not alarming since it is still within the three-point error margin.
This means that the senator’s current ratings remain the same as her ratings in the previous Pulse Asia survey as it does for Binay.
But Casiple admitted having doubts on the spike in Roxas’ ratings, which according to him cannot be justifiably attributed to the endorsement of President Aquino.
He said Roxas’ increase in ratings cannot be backed by Aquino’s endorsement and his continuous provincial sorties against the various negative events that happened since June like the balikbayan box controversy, EDSA traffic mess, Metro Rail Transit commuter woes, Super Typhoon Yolanda rehabilitation failure and the lingering Mamasapano and Bangsamoro Basic Law controversies.
Poe on Friday said she feels both “honored and humbled” by the recent Pulse Asia survey results.
“My sincerest gratitude to the people for their unwavering trust and support. I am honored and humbled by the results of the latest Pulse Asia survey,” Poe said in a statement.
“Surveys help us check if we’re on the right track, but we derive our inspiration from the needs and aspirations of our countrymen, with or without surveys,” she added.
Binay, also grateful
Binay’s camp said the Vice President is “statistically tied” with Poe and for this he remains grateful for the people’s support.
“The Vice President remains grateful and humbled by the people’s continued trust and support. Rest assured that he will continue to work hard. The people deserve genuine change in how their government works and in their lives and the Vice President is committed to this goal,” Rico Quicho, Binay’s political affairs spokesman, said.