The number of voters who prefer Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte declined in a “Pulso ng Pilipino” survey conducted by Issues and Advocacy Center on April 11 to 16 with 1,800 respondents across the country.
Despite the dip in Duterte’s numbers however, the mayor has still obtained the highest score compared to all other presidential candidates.
From 30 percent, his score went down to 26.25, making him statistically tied with Poe, who obtained 26.25 percent. Poe’s score improved from 25 percent.
Vice President Jejomar Binay received a score of 23.25 percent from 20 percent. Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas garnered 20.75 percent from 19 percent. At the bottom of the survey is Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago whose survey results improved to 3 percent from 2 percent.
The latest survey reveals that only Duterte received a negative change in numbers because no decline of scores for other candidates can be gleaned from the said survey.
Radyo Inquirer noted that the stark decline in the score of Duterte may be inferred from recent controversies embattling the mayor. Earlier this month, Duterte was heavily criticized for his rape jokes about Jacqueline Hamill who was a rape victim in the 1989 Davao hostage crisis. The mayor’s confession of peeping at their household helper while the latter was sleeping also did not sit well with several respondents of the survey.
Recently, Duterte was engaged in verbal tirades with ambassadors of Australia and the United States regarding their criticisms towards the mayor’s rape joke.
It may also be noted that when Duterte cursed Pope Francis for the heavy traffic caused by the latter’s visit in the country, there was barely any impact to the mayor’s score. The recent issues, however, turned out to have a different effect.
The “Pulso ng Pilipino” survey of the Center has a 98% confidence level and a maximum margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.