IF SURVEYS are indeed any indication of things to come in the May 10 polls, then clearly there may be a few specific items voters, particularly those who are still undecided at this point in time, need to consider insofar as what the latest polls tell us.

Firstly. There’s the belief that the presidential derby will be a race between the top two frontrunners.

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Secondly, the phenomenon that Liberal Perty bet Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III who had been leading in all major surveys thus far up to this date, is steadily losing ground to all his rivals ever since he declared his presidential bid late last year following his mother’s death.

Thirdly and perhaps most significantly, the results of mock presidential polls held in some of the country’s leading schools has shown the emergence of former Defense secretary Gilberto Teodoro as an almost overwhelming choice among youth and students especially in mock polls conducted in UST, Ateneo and UP.

But perhaps it is the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting survey done by the Campaign and Images Group, commissioned by the United Kingdom and US-based companies doing business in the country, which is the most credible so far in capturing the solid support of Teodoro among the youth.

In the January PPCRV survey Teodoro got the nod of 37.2 percent of the voters in the 18-20 age bracket and 32.4 percent of those from 29-39.

Apparently this clear support by the youth sector is not reflected in the survey results put out by the major polling organizations like SWS and Pulse Asia. But whether reflected or not, the youth support for Gibo is poised to spell the difference in the May 10 elections.