MANILA, Philippines—If the 2013 midterm elections were held in the first week of September, Senator Loren Legarda would have emerged as the top choice for the Senate based on the results of a nationwide survey conducted by Pulse Asia Inc.
The survey showed that 67.3 percent of Filipino adults would have voted for Legarda if the elections were held between August 31 and September 7, Pulse Asia said in a statement on Monday.
Reached for comment, Legarda said the survey results inspired her to work harder and do more especially for the poor and needy because people appreciated the work she was doing. “I thank God and I thank the Filipino people.”
With eight months to go before the May 2013 senatorial elections, the same survey found that four in 10 Filipinos already had a complete slate for the upcoming elections, while on the average, Filipinos had identified eight of their senatorial bets.
The survey had a margin of errror of plus or minus 3 percent.
Pulse Asia asked 1,200 adult respondents nationwide, “If the 2013 elections were held today, who among the following personalities would you vote for, assuming they would run for office?”
The poll outfit provided a list of 36 candidates and instructed the respondents to choose only 12 names.
“Virtually all of the probable winners are either former or incumbent members of Congress,” Pulse Asia noted.
Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero ranked second with 61. 2 percent.
Tied in 3rd to 5th places were Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano (49.9 percent), San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito Estrada (49.9 percent) and Cagayan Rep. Juan “Jackie” Ponce Enrile, Jr. (47.4 percent).
In the 6th to 10th places were Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV (41.2 percent), Sen. Gregorio Honasan (40.6 percent) and Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III (39.2 percent).
Also sharing 6th to 11th places were former Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri (37.4 percent) and Aurora Rep. Edgardo “Sonny” Angara (35.9 percent).
Trailing Zubiri and Angara was Las Piñas City Rep. Cynthia Villar (32.7 percent, 9th to 11th places).
Four names made it to the 12th place, although their low statistical ranking puts them out of the winners’ circle, Pulse Asia noted. These are Ma. Lourdes Nancy Binay (27.4 percent, 12th to 15th places), former Sen Richard Gordon (26.2 percent, 12th to 16th places), former Sen. Ramon Magsaysay Jr. (25.4 percent, 12th to 16th places) and former Sen. Ana “Jamby” Madrigal ( 23.2 percent, 12th to 17th places).
Also included in the survey, but not on the list of probable winners were Justice Secretary Leila de Lima (21.9 percent, 13th to 18th places), former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel (19.9 percent, 15th to 22nd places) and Customs Commissioner Rufino “Ruffy” Biazon (18.4 percent, 16th to 23rd places).
Source : By Lawrence de Guzman, Cathy Yamsuan
Philippine Daily Inquirer