MANILA — With barely five days before the May 9, national polls, the country’s most respected pollster Pulse Asia is convinced that the majority of the 65 million registered voters have already decided at this time and no amount of convincing could make them change their minds about their preferred bets.
And based on their most recent and final pre-election survey where presidential frontrunner former Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. has maintained his huge lead against his rivals with 56 percent voter preference, it is highly likely that his win is indeed inevitable.
In a radio interview over DZRH, Ana Maria Tabunda, Research Director of Pulse Asia, also insisted that she believes that the result of the survey could also be the result in the May 9 elections.
“Magbago man kaunti lang hindi na magkakaroon ng upset. Mahihirapan na talaga yung ibang contender na makahabol,” Tabunda disclosed.
When asked if the voting population has already decided, she answered “Parang ganun na nga po.”
Marcos recorded his 56 percent voter preference in the final Pulse Asia non-commissioned survey conducted on April 16-21 with 2, 400 respondents.
The Partido Federal ng Pilipinas standard-bearer also obtained a similar 56 percent voter preference in the March survey of Pulse Asia and stayed as the huge leader in the presidential derby with a 33 percent lead against his closest rival Leni Robredo who only scored 23 percent, a drop of one percent compared to her 24 percent voter preference last March.
Manny Pacquiao is in a distant third with seven percent, while Isko Moreno, dropped to the number four position with four percent, and Ping Lacson in fifth with two percent.
Tabunda added that of the 56 percent voter preference for Marcos, the majority of them claimed that they will not change their decision until the May 9 elections.
“80 percent ang nagsasabi na hindi na magpapalit ang boto nila para kay BBM. Sa tingin ko hindi (na lilipat), that’s why yun pa rin ang number niya,” Tabunda explained referring to the no movement of survey numbers of the presidential candidates.
Earlier, Tabunda also revealed that if we convert the 56 percent of Marcos to votes, it is equivalent to about 36.5 million of the total 65 million registered voters in the country.
“Well, ngayon lang kami nakakita ng ganyan kalaking lamang sa buong experience namin. Kauna-unahang pagkakataon ito na mayroong nag-majority voter preference na presidential candidate,” Tabunda said during a previous interview.
She added that Marcos’ consistently high numbers are historic since it was the first time since they started conducting pre-election surveys that a presidential candidate has been able to maintain his 50-plus percentage voter preference throughout the duration of the presidential race.
“Marcos was leading by 33 percent margin points and if it is converted into votes, it could be around 19.5 million, which was even higher than the more than 16 million votes Pres. Rodrigo Duterte obtained in the 2016 presidential polls” Tabunda said. (ai/mtvn)