The political stock of reluctant Presidential prospect and Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte continues to increase as the Filipino ‘masa’ slowly shift their support to him, abandoning erstwhile frontrunner Vice President Jejomar Binay who is facing massive corruption charges.
On line surveys conducted by the Philippine Star newspaper and Aliw Broadcasting Network’s DWIZ Boses ni Juan over the weekend showed Duterte way ahead in voters’ preference.
Duterte, in the Philippine Star voters’ preference survey, garnered 42% followed by the administration’s Presidential bet Manuel Roxas III and Senator Grace Poe.
Vice President Jejomar Binay who was way ahead in all of the voters’ surveys before the corruption issues were raised against him in the investigation conducted by the Senate Blue Ribbon Sub-Committee hearings, was in fourth place.
The Philippine Star survey for Election 2016 has just been started obviously based on the small number of respondents.
The preference for Duterte, who has repeatedly said he has no interest in running for the Presidency, was very clear as shown by the wide margin in the respondents’ preference.
The DWIZ Boses ni Juan SMS survey on the other has shown Duterte on top ever since it started getting text messages reactions from its listeners.
In its last weekly survey, Duterte was on top with 27%, followed by Poe with 23.24%, Binay with 18.1%, Miriam Defensor Santiago with 8%. while Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. and Roxas had 6%.
While both surveys could be dismissed by other political groups as “unscientific” and “unreliable” compared to those conducted by established polling firms Pulse Asia and Social Weather Station.
In Metro Manila, informal surveys conducted among taxi and jeepney drivers show a very strong preference for Duterte who reputation as an anti-crime and anti-drugs crusader has captured the imagination of poor people who live in neighborhoods threatened by drug gangs.
Face to face surveys conducted by independent groups show that 8 out of 10 jeepney and taxi drivers plying Metro Manila’s congested streets prefer Duterte to be the next President of the Philippines.
Here are the links to the results of the surveys conducted by the Philippine Star and DWIZ.