THE latest Pulse Asia survey results showing presidential candidate Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos actually padding his lead while the numbers of the other bets were shrinking down, only reinforced the studies that were also being flaunted by other polling firms in the past few months.
In the latest Pulse Asia results, Marcos dominated the pack yet again -- from a dominant 53% in December 1-6, 2021 survey to a very high 60% in the latest January 19-24 poll conducted by the same firm, with less than three months before the May 9, 2022 elections.
On the other hand, Leni obtained 20% in December 1-6 , 2021 survey but only received 16% in the January 19-24, 2022 , thus further diminishing her chances of winning in the coming elections.
Both surveys used 2,400 respondents nationwide in face-to-face interviews.
Marcos also strengthened his lead in all geographic areas and socio-economic groupings, which, if translated to votes, would easily make him a runaway winner if elections were held today.
The firm’s fieldwork using face-to-face interviews was conducted from January 19–24, 2022, when the country was preoccupied with the spike of Covid 19 cases and at the time that Marcos turned down a taped purported televised presidential interviews that aired on 22 January 2022 on GMA Network.
“The latest Pulse Asia survey results where presidential candidate Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. received 60% pre-election voters’ preference score confirm what we already know all this time, that the UniTeam standard-bearer is leading far ahead and by a very wide margin from the other presidentiables,” lawyer Vic Rodriguez, Marcos chief of staff and spokesman, said in a statement.
The result of the Pulse Asia Pulso ng Bayan pre-electoral survey results also gave credence to the figures given by other survey firms, the latest of which was the Laylo Research mega polls where Marcos received 64% voters’ preference rating.
To recall, the Laylo survey used 15,450 respondents from 80 provinces consisting of 38 highly urbanized cities, 1,319 municipalities and 3,090 barangays.
The results showed Marcos garnering 64% preference votes, while Leni Robredo was distant second with 16 % or a difference of 48%.
Earlier, poll firms like the Tangere, Social Weather Station, OCTA Research Tugon ng Masa surveys, Publicus, Issues and Advocacies Center, among others, also came out with similar results.
Other informal surveys conducted by DZRH, RMN, and nationwide Kalye Surveys, yielded similar results, which has become worrisome to the other candidates.
The consistency by which Marcos’ numbers are being set forth by the polling firms had resulted in other candidates’ shifting their campaign strategies.
This, and the massive attendance in every UniTeam sortie, are just testaments that Marcos and his running-mate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte are headed towards a massive landslide victory in May.
“Numbers don’t lie, and it is really humbling to know that our message of national unity is resonating among the overwhelming majority of the Filipino people,” Rodriguez said.