The Manila Times - Marcos widens lead in new survey

By Jaime Pilapil | The Manila Times

Manila timesSenator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has widened his lead in the latest non-commissioned survey conducted by Pulso ng Pilipino.

Marcos’ rating jumped to 31 percent from the 29 percent recorded in the survey conducted from April 11 to 16, 2016 by the same survey firm.

The latest survey was conducted from April 23 to 29.

The Issues and Advocacy Center (IAC) said 1,800 people were polled nationwide.

It has a margin of error of + 2.5 percent.

Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo remained at second place at 25 percent. She was followed by Sen. Francis Escudero with 18 percent, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, 15 percent.

Trailing them were Senators Gregorio Honasan and Antonio Trillanes 4th with five percent and three percent, respectively.

Marcos again dominated Metro Manila with 38 percent and the rest of Luzon with 39 percent.

The survey also showed that Marcos practically led in the level of preferences in all the demographic sectors with 27 percent from those in the “A/B” classes, 24 percent among the “C” class, 23 percent among the “D” class and 24 percent from those in the “E” class.

Edgardo Malay, director of IAC, said Marcos’ rating is a manifestation of the start of his breaking away from the pack.

Malay added that the senator’s continued lead was not “much of a surprise as there appears to be a nationwide protest vote against what is perceived to be the glaring incompetence of the Aquino administration in addressing the many issues related to corruption and illegal activities of unscrupulous individuals employed at the different government cash-generating offices such as the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Bureau of Immigration, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Bureau of Customs.”

“What these figures represent is that the level of support Marcos cuts across the societal classes and that his candidacy is practically embraced by majority of the populace,” he said.

For the presidency, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was the top choice at 29 percent, followed by Sen. Grace Poe with 25 percent.

Running third was Vice President Jejomar Binay with 23 percent, followed by former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd with 21 percent.