MANILA — With less than three weeks before the May 9 elections, presidential frontrunner Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos continues to lord it over all his rivals in every nationwide scientific survey conducted by all respected polling firms in the country.
Based on the April 2-6 OCTA Research Tugon ng Masa survey released on Sunday, Marcos scored 57 percent preference votes from 1, 200 respondents.
Marcos even went up by two percentage points compared to his 55 percent voter preference last February 2022.
The OCTA Research did not release its March survey saying it was privately commissioned by a private firm.
Leni Robredo is still lagging far behind with 22 percent, Isko Moreno with nine percent, Manny Pacquiao, with seven percent; and Ping Lacson, with four percent.
The Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP standard-bearer also maintains its lead at the National Capital Region (NCR) with 35 percent, 66 percent in Balance Luzon, 56 percent in the Visayas, and 50 percent in Mindanao.
Marcos was also the top choice in Class ABC with 52 percent; 59 percent in Class D, and 44 percent in Class E.
In age group, Marcos got the highest score from 18-24 years old with 77 percent; 25-34 years old with 62 percent; 35-44 years old, 46 percent; 45-54 years old, 50 percent; 55-64 years old, 54 percent; 65-74 years old, 53 percent; and 75 and up, 36 percent.
In the leaked March survey of the Social Weather Station (SWS), Marcos was also seen as the runaway winner after his voter preference went up by eight percent from its previous survey.
He scored 58 percent voter preference in March 2022 survey, that significantly increased by eight percent as compared to his 50 percent survey rating last January.
As usual, at a very distant second is Leni Robredo with 18 percent voter preference in March or down by one percent as compared to her 19 percent voting preference last January.
It was also noticed that the numbers of Marcos are continuing to rise as the elections come closer.
In the October 2021 SWS survey, Marcos scored 47 percent, while in December 2021 his numbers increased to 51 percent.
Last January, he got 50 percent before scoring 58 percent this March.
Meanwhile, Robredo remained below 20 percent in the SWS survey since October 2021.
She scored 18 percent in October 2021, 14 percent in December, and 19 percent in January then went back to 18 percent this March.
Also earlier, the Pulse Asia survey declared that Marcos could be the first “majority president” in the country under a multi-party setup, after maintaining his enormous lead against his rival.
Based on the results of Pulse Asia’s pre-election polls released last March, Marcos remained the huge leader in the presidential derby, scoring a dizzying 56% voter preference.
At distant second was Leni Robredo with 24% while Isko Domagoso scored 8%.
Manny Pacquiao, meanwhile, settled for fourth with 6%, while Panfilo Lacson got 2%.
In an earlier interview over SMNI, Ana Tabunda, Research Director of Pulse Asia, maintained that Marcos continues to dominate with an almost insurmountable lead and it would be very hard for Robredo to catch up.
“Medyo mahirap po siya (Robredo to catch up), kasi nga po itong huling pagtaas ni Leni ay nine points. Para po makahabol ay kailangang niya ng 16 points tapos kailangang mabawasan si BBM ng 16 points sa darating na araw bago ang eleksyon. Medyo mahirap siya (mangyari),” she explained.
“Maaring magbago, ang tanong e kung makakahabol pa. Hindi naman imposible pero medyo mahirap po kasi 32 points yung gap,” she stressed. (ai/mtvn)