Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s ratings. has dropped as reflected in the recent pre-election survey conducted by Pulso ng Pilipino between April 11 to 16, with 26.75 percent. Despite the decrease, the presidential bet from Davao remains number one.
However, according to Issues and Advocacy Center (The Center) executive director Ed Malay, Duterte and Sen. Grace Poe, who got 26.25 percent, can be statistically considered as a tie. Vice President Jejomar Binay lands third with 23.25 percent.
Malay also said that Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas ratings does not fall far from the other three. Roxas got 23.25 percent.
Malay noted that Duterte’s ratings has been greatly affected by his rape joke. In fact, Malay pointed out that the mayor’s standing is more affected by his rape joke as compared by his cursing on Pope Francis which took place during the earlier part of his campaign.
Meanwhile, since Duterte and Poe are on the same ground, Malay revealed that the presidential bets’ political machineries will play a significant role. This is the period where the public would be able to see who will be able to maintain the momentum with regard to their campaigns.
The Center head pointed out, however, that the candidate with wide political machinery will have an edge, just like what happened in the 1992 elections where there was only a slight difference between President Fidel Ramos and his opponents.
On the other hand, Sen. Bongbong Marcos’ ratings has seen more increase as compared with that of his opponents. He has 29 percentage points.
This is followed by Congresswoman Leni Robredo with 25 percent and Sen. Chiz Escudero with 23 percent. Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano got 15 percent, Sen. Gringo Honasan garnered 4 percent, and Sen. Antonio Trillanes landed at the bottom with 3 percent.