New Survey Says Marcos Jr. and Moreno In A Tight Race For Presidency

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MANILA, Philippines — Aksyon Demokratiko standard-bearer Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso and former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. are statistically tied for the top spot for president based on the latest survey by the RP-Mission and Development Foundation Inc. (RPMD). 

The poll from November 16-24 asked 10,000 respondents who they would vote for “if the election will be held today?”

The respondents were interviewed based on the question: Who would you vote for President if the election will be held today? Undecided voters is at 2.56% only. 

While the RPMD survey indicated Marcos Jr.’s candidacy gaining momentum which resulted him to rank 1st with 23.94%, Moreno’s landing 2nd spot with 21.75% showed that the two presidential aspirants are statistically tied based on the margin of error of 2+/- with 95% confidence level. 

Senator Manny Pacquiao came in third with 15.94%. Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo scored at 15.10%, making her fourth, followed by Bong Go in fifth, who secured 14.25%.

Moreno strongly dominated NCR with 30.18% and even beat Marcos in the Visayas with 19.80% as against 17.87 percent of the former senator. 

Marcos Jr. leads in portions of Luzon with 28.85% as against Moreno’s 22.70%. The wealthy presidential son also has a slight edge over Moreno in Mindanao with 19.27% as against 17.56% of the former basurero. 

Senator Manny Pacquaio recovered his lead in the Visayas (20.52%) and in Mindanao (24.8%) which secured for him the 3rd spot at 15.94% which is actually a tie with 4th placer Vice President Leni Robredo with 15.10 percent. 

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go gained 14.25% placing him at the 5th. Whereas Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson hit 6th place with 6.35% and 7th contender Ernie Abella gathered 0.10% in the latest statistical survey. 

The list of presidential and vice-presidential aspirants was based on the final list of candidates after the November 15, 2021 substitutions that saw Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte filing her certificate of candidacy (COC) for vice president under the Lakas-CMD party after her withdrawal as mayor.  

Senator Bong Go also withdrew his COC for vice president and filed his COC for president under the Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan, the same political party of President Rodrigo Duterte who is running for senator. 

The race for the Vice President position seemed predictable which resulted in Sara Duterte-Carpio eminently overshadowing the other candidates with 44.88% pursued by Senator Tito Sotto with 33.20% at the 2nd position. Senator Kiko Pangilinan ensured 3rd with 11.34%, consequently Dr. Willie Ong landed 4th with 6.96% and Buhay Partylist Rep. Lito Atienza placed 5th with 2.11% 

Moreno welcomed the latest presidential survey by the RP-Mission and Development Foundation Inc. that showed him and Marcos Jr. neck and neck in the presidential race. 

“Salamat naman pero malayo pa. Tao muna ang pagtutuunan ko ng atensyon. Gusto ko munang makinig sa tao sa ibat-ibang bahagi ng Pilipinas. At the same time mairaos natin ‘yung tao, maitawid natin ‘yung tao. Kasi hirap ang mga tao ngayon,” Moreno said. 

Moreno was ranked No. 1 when the RPMD conducted its nationwide survey from October 17-26, 2021 and had a total of 10,000 respondents. 

Based on the October RPMD survey, Moreno got 25.39 percent in the entire Philippines and dominated the polling in two geographic areas : National Capital Region (NCR) at 30.53 percent and the Visayas at 24.63 percent. 

Both in Balance Luzon and Mindanao,  Moreno landed a close second at 25.84 percent 22.70 percent, respectively to Marcos Jr. 

Moreno is seeking the highest position of the land with Dr. Willie Ong as his vice presidential candidate. They are running on a Bilis Kilos 10-Point Program of Governance that seeks to protect life, promote livelihood and create jobs. 

In just two years since Moreno became Manila mayor in 2019, he cleaned up and brought order to the chaotic environs of Divisoria and Quiapo in a matter of days; built the 344-bed Manila Covid-19 Field Hospital at the Quirino Grandstand in less than two months; built four vertical housing projects for poor families and informal settlers; built modern public school buildings; distributed tablets and computers to public school teachers and students, and facilitated a continuous distribution of assistance to poor families at the height of the pandemic.

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