By ANNA FELICIA BAJO | GMA News Online
Presidential aspirant Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. dominated the latest OCTA Research's Tugon ng Masa survey.
In a tweet on Monday, OCTA Research fellow Dr. Guido David showed the result of the presidential survey where Marcos obtained 55% preference votes.
The survey was conducted from February 12 to 17, after the official launch of the campaign period for the May 2022 elections. A total of 1,200 individuals responded to the survey, with the question, "If the election will be held today, who will you likely vote for as president?"
The former senator scored 46% in Metro Manila, 56% in Balance Luzon, 47% in Visayas, and 65% in Mindanao.
Marcos was followed by Vice President Leni Robredo with 15%, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno with 11%, Senator Manny Pacquiao with 10%, and Senator Panfilo Lacson with 3%.
The survey had a margin of error of 3%, David said.
Marcos' camp expressed its deepest appreciation to OCTA Research for its "selfless endeavor of regularly bringing the true sentiments of the Filipino people to light."
"The latest Tugon ng Masa survey results of OCTA Research confirm that presidential candidate Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr.’s direct way of communicating with the people on the ground truly works," lawyer Vic Rodriguez, Marcos’ spokesperson, said.
"Certainly, there is no substitute to showing up in person, in flesh and blood, just to be in the company of millions of individuals one wishes to serve," he added.
Rodriguez also said the Marcos' camp enjoins the Commission on Elections in guaranteeing a free, orderly, and honest elections.
For his part, presidential candidate and Senator Panfilo Lacson said he remains unbothered by the recent results of presidential surveys.
"Ako, hindi ako bothered. Hindi ako perturbed. I remain unperturbed dun sa mga survey results," he said.
(I am not bothered by these surveys. I am not perturbed. I remain unperturbed by the survey results.)
"Kasi ang totoo lang na dapat tingnan natin e yung May 9 kasi kung papaniwalaan natin ang resulta ng mga survey, lahat kaming nakatayo kagabi talo. Yung wala doon ang panalo," he added.
(The only survey that we should look at is on May 9 because if we will believe these survey results, then all those who joined the debates last night will lose. The one who is absent last night will be the winner.)
Lacson was referring to the CNN Philippines presidential debates which Marcos skipped due to a conflict in his schedule.
In the recent Pulse Asia survey, Marcos also topped the presidential survey at 60%, with Robredo placing far second at 16%.
Sara tops VP race; Loren paces senatorial polls
Meanwhile, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte remained on top of the vice presidential race based on the same survey.
According to the survey, Duterte got 43% preference votes, scoring 40% in the National Capital Region, 24% in Balance Luzon, 43% in Visayas, and 82% in Mindanao.
The daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte was followed by Senate President Vicente Sotto III (33%), Senator Francis Pangilinan (10%), Dr. Willie Ong (7%), House Deputy Speaker Lito Atienza (1%), and Carlos Serapio (0.1%).
In the senatorial race, Antique Representative Loren Legarda topped the field.
The survey showed Legarda with 66% rating, which could secure her the first to third spot in the Senate’s magic 12.
She was followed by broadcaster Raffy Tulfo with 63%, Taguig City Representative Alan Peter Cayetano with 61%, re-electionist Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri with 60%, Sorsogon Governor Francis Escudero with 59%, and former Public Works secretary Mark Villar with 56%.
Actor Robin Padilla ranked sixth in the survey with 43% rating, followed by re-electionist Senator Sherwin Gatchalian and former Vice President Jejomar Binay both with 39%, re-electionist Senator Risa Hontiveros with 38%, former senator Jinggoy Estrada with 37%, and former senator JV Ejercito with 35%.
Following the top 12 are reelectionist Senator Joel Villanueva (33%), former Quezon City mayor Herbert Bautista (31%), former Information and Communications secretary Gringo Honasan (29%), reelectionist Senator Richard Gordon (25%), former senator Antonio Trillanes IV (21%), and former PNP chief Guillermo Eleazar (20%). — RSJ, GMA News