By Catherine S. Valente | The Manila Times
FORMER senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. continued to dominate presidential surveys, posting a double-digit lead in the latest Laylo Research poll.
Marcos got 61 percent voter preference among the 3,000 respondents in the survey, indicating that he had the support of the majority of Filipinos, with six out of 10 voters choosing him over the other candidates.
At a very distant second was Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo with 19 percent.
The survey was conducted from March 15 to 22, 2022.
Following Robredo are Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso who got 9 percent, Sen. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao with 6 percent and Sen. Panfilo "Ping" Lacson with 2 percent.
Marcos also dominated the Laylo preferential survey in all regions, with the Solid North delivering the highest voters' preference rating: 86 percent in the Ilocos Region (Region 1), 86 percent in the Cordillera Autonomous Region, 84 percent in Cagayan Valley (Region 2) and 62 percent in Central Luzon (Region 3).
The Partido Federal ng Pilipinas standard bearer also held sway in Mindanao over the other presidential candidates.
The Davao Region (Region 11) and the Caraga (Region 13) delivered the highest voters' preference rating at 80 percent each, followed by the Soccsksargen (Region 12) at 67 percent, Zamboanga Peninsula (Region 9) at 66 percent, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) at 63 percent, and Northern Mindanao (Region 10) at 55 percent.
The survey also showed that 58 percent of respondents from the A, B and C socioeconomic classes would have voted for Marcos if the elections were held during the poll period. He also led in the Class D group with 62 percent and Class E bracket with 58 percent.
In terms of trust ratings of candidates for president by major areas, Marcos got +53, followed by Domagoso with +16, Robredo, -9, Lacson, -11, and Pacquiao, -23.
The Laylo survey also asked respondents who among the presidential candidates could best continue the good things started by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Marcos, who received 65 percent, emerged as the most capable in continuing the legacy projects of the current administration. He was followed by Robredo with 15 percent, Domagoso and Pacquiao at 6 percent each, and Lacson, 4 percent.
Marcos and his running mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, whose campaign centered on unity, have consistently led pre-election surveys.
The duo attracted a massive crowd when they held a rally in Sultan Kudarat. The crowd was estimated at 100,000 in its early stage even before the UniTeam candidates addressed their supporters.
The rally was organized by Sultan Kudarat Gov. Suharto Mangudadatu, while the jam-packed Maguindanao rally in Buluan town was led by his wife, Gov. Bai Mariam Mangudadatu.
UniTeam officers said the Central Mindanao crowds were among the biggest they have seen in the course of the UniTeam campaign in Mindanao.
Another recent UniTeam rally with a mammoth crowd was in General Trias City in Cavite, where more than 100,000 supporters showed up.
On Monday, the UniTeam candidates attended a rally in Carmen, North Cotabato organized by Vice Gov. Lala Taliño-Mendoza who is eyeing a comeback as governor and her husband, Trade Union Congress of the Philippines party-list Rep. Democrito Mendoza.
In North Cotabato, lawyer Manases "Mans" Carpio campaigned for his wife, Duterte-Carpio.
Meanwhile, Salvador Panelo, former chief legal counsel of President Rodrigo Duterte, said that Marcos is ready for the presidency based on his performance in "The Deep Probe: The SMNI Presidential Candidates' Interview."
"He displayed a deep understanding of geopolitics, and gave us a preview of his foreign policy, which gladly resembles that of President Rodrigo Duterte. He impressed by not resorting to populist rhetoric in discussing possible solutions for the oil and energy crisis, detailing instead the country's realistic options. This showed humility, diligence and respect for the electorate. His proposed solution for the agri-fisheries sector seems viable and sustainable if properly funded and prioritized," Panelo said.
"His closing statement calling for suggestions from everyone to solve the country's problems showed that the call for 'unity' may not just be a captivating campaign slogan," he added.