BY ROGER M. BALANZA
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte continues to be the top choice in Mindanao as the next President, chalking up 58 percent preference vote from Mindanaoans in TV5’s Bilang Pilipino Mobile Survey conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS).
Duterte, standard bearer of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino/Laban (PDP/Laban), also dominated vote-rich Metro Manila with 36%.
In the SMS survey conducted nationwide on April 13 with 1,200 respondents, Independent candidate Senator Grace Poe and Duterte were statistically tied at the top.The result of the survey was releases on April 16.
Duterte, however, is the biggest winner, his 33 % up by 7 percentage points against the Bilang Pilipino Mobile Survey of March 22. Poe’s 34% is down by 1 percentage point from the previous survey.
Duterte had topped recent separate surveys by SWS and Pulse Asia, wherein he was also the top choice of Mindanaoans.
The Mindanao vote is about a fourth of the country’s registered voters.
Records of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) show that as of November 2015, the country’s total voting population is 54,363,844.
The votes by island: Luzon has 30,417,790 or 55.95%; Mindanao has 12,629,265 or 23.23% and Visayas has 11,316,789 (20.82%).
In the April 13 Bilang Pilipino Mobile Survey, Mar Roxas of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) and Vice President Jejomar Binay. Standard bearer of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) were in a statistical tie for second place: Roxas with 16%, down by 1 percentage point; and Binay with 15%, a 3-point drop from the previous survey.
In the survey, Duterte led in Mindanao with 58%, followed by Poe (22%), Roxas (9%) and Binay (8%).
Duterte also dominated Metro Manila with 36%, followed by Poe with 24%, Binay (18%) and Roxas (17%).
Poe ruled Balance Luzon with 44%, followed by Duterte (23%), Binay (19%) and Roxas (13%).
Poe also led in the Visayas with 33%, followed by Roxas (28%), Duterte (27%) and Binay (10%).
Among socio-economic classes, Duterte was the top candidate of the well-off Class ABC (39%), and the poorest Class E (30%).
Poe was most preferred by Class D (35%), only 2 percentage points ahead of Duterte.
The Bilang Pilipino SWS Mobile Survey pooled 1,200 validated voters – 300 each in Metro Manila, Balance of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.