By Kristina Maralit | The Manila Times
FORMER senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. continues to lead pre-election surveys despite countless attempts to discredit him.
A recent survey conducted by Laylo Research showed Marcos getting a whopping 64-percent voter approval rating, with Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo a far second with 16 percent.
The January 10 to 26 survey, participated in by 3,000 respondents, showed the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas standard-bearer's voter preference rating higher by six points than the 58 percent posted last November 2021.
Sen. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao and Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso were tied in third place with 6 percent each.
Sen. Panfilo "Ping" Lacson placed fourth with a 3-percent voter approval rating.
Marcos was the runaway favorite in all regions, but it was in the northern part of the country that his strength was amplified as he garnered 90 percent in Cagayan Valley against Robredo's 2 percent, 84 percent in the Cordillera Autonomous Region and 83 percent in Ilocos, respectively, compared to Robredo's 2 percent in both areas.
He also dominated the polls in Mindanao with an 82 percent rating in Region 11 (Davao Region), 71 percent in Region 10 (Northern Mindanao) and Region 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula), while also further widening the gap in Region 12 (Soccsksargen), Region 13 (Caraga), and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
Marcos Jr. was the preferred presidential candidate in all age brackets with an average of 63.33-percent preference, while Robredo was merely a far second with an average 16-percent preference.
Marcos also led the Pulse Asia survey that gave him a 60-percent voter approval rating.
"The Pulse Asia Pulso ng Bayan Pre-electoral Survey results reinforce the numbers of the other survey firms, the latest of which was the Laylo Research mega polls where Marcos received 64 percent voters' preference rating. Other survey firms like the Tangere, Social Weather Station, OCTA Research Tugon ng Masa surveys, Publicus, Issues and Advocacies Center, among others, also came out with almost similar results," Victor Rodriguez, the former senator's chief of staff and spokesman, said in a statement.
"Even the informal DZRH, RMN and nationwide Kalye Surveys, bring forward similar data, underscoring the very positive reception of the populace toward Marcos' candidacy for president. Numbers don't lie, and it is really humbling to know that our message for national unity is resonating among the overwhelming majority of the Filipino people," he added.