BARELY four months before the election day, Vice President Leni Robredo emerged as the top pick among the presidential candidates in the 2022 polls, based on Data Analysis and Research for Elections (D.A.R.E.) Survey conducted from December 27 to 31, 2021 to January 3-7, 2022.

The survey was conducted in Angeles City, Pampanga, which has more than 200,000 registered voters.

The respondents were particularly asked, “Of the people on this list, whom would you vote for as President, Vice-President, Mayor, Vice-Mayor and City Councilors if the May 09, 2022 elections were held today and why?”

Covid-19 response has been the most prominent issue for candidates such as the distribution of “ayuda,” medical assistance, cash aid, livelihood projects and more.

Results showed that 41 percent of Angelenos have expressed support for the presidential bid of Robredo in the 2022 national elections.

Coming in second place, by a slim margin, was former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos with 38 percent of the voter preference.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso was in third place, with 15 percent of the voter preference.

Senator Panfilo Lacson came in fourth with six percent of the respondents.

In the same survey, Robredo’s teammate Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan emerged as the top pick among the vice-presidential candidates with 38.7 percent, followed by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte with 30.6 percent, Senate President Tito Sotto with 22.4 percent and Dr. Willie Ong with 8.3 percent.

Reelectionists

At the local level, reelectionist Mayor Carmelo Lazatin is leading with 92 percent, compared to eight percent obtained by his lone rival, City Councilor Amos Rivera of Aksyon Demokratiko.

Reelectionist Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting obtained a whopping support of 97 percent of voters surveyed in the city compared to the three percent who said they support Dr. Pie Juan of Aksyon Demokratiko.

Top 5 councilors

Meanwhile, the leading choices in the Sangguniang Panlungsod were reelectionists, former and independent candidates.

Reelectionist City Councilor Dan Lacson lead the survey anew with 19.4 percent, following by (2) Bonifacio, Alfie - 15.3 percent; (3) Suller, Arvin - 12.9 percent; (4) Mercado, Alma - 11.5 percent; (5) Sangil, Jay - 9.2 percent; (6) Aguas, JC - 8.7 percent; Tied (7) Cortez, Cris and Banola, Niknok - 7.64 - 7.65 percent respectively; Tied (8) Pamintuan, Edu and Cauguiran, Alex - 6.82 - 6.83 percent; Tied (9) Mamac Jr., Rodelio and Del Rosario, Raco - 5.71 - 5.72 percent; and Tied (10) Pineda, Aaron and Indiongco, Alex - 2.93 - 2.94 percent, respectively.

Common preferences

LACSON - name recall, record holder 8-term local legislator, visibility, senior citizens welfare and benefits, public cemetery, Covid “ayuda,” Brigada Eskwela, Tolda Sa Toda;

BONIFACIO - name recall, dental missions, committee chairmanships in various public hearings, save Chevalier School issue, affiliation in various organizations, Covid “ayuda”, name recall;

SULLER - name recall, free notary, socialized housing for the urban poor sector, save Chevalier School issue, visibility, Covid ‘ayuda,” various affiliations;

MERCADO - barangay chairmanship, barangay frontliner, Covid “ayuda,” livelihood projects, medical assistance, scholarship programs, visibility, civic and religious affiliations, women’s and other NGOs support, name recall, ABC Support;

SANGIL - name recall, affiliation with Philippine Daily Inquirer, fraternity, name recall, Covid “ayuda,” boasts his winnability as “lone survivor” in the 2019 elections notwithstanding the lack of endorsement from an influential religious organization;

AGUAS - popularity as celebrity, name recall, Covid “ayuda”, social media sensation in Couple Power with 11,433 followers;

TIED: BANOLA - name recall, oplan “Tuli” and hypertension check-ups, fraternity affiliations, visibility, Covid “ayuda”; CORTEZ - barangay chairmanship, frontliner, Covid “ayuda,” fraternity and religious affiliations, ABC Support;

TIED: CAUGUIRAN - name recall as former councilor, political/aviation track record, visibility, leadership and experience in local and national levels, affiliations with various organizations, his brainchild Partido Abe Kapampangan and “Tigtigan Terakan Keng Dalan”; PAMINTUAN - name recall as former councilor, son of ex-mayor now CDC chairman Ed Pamintuan, Covid “ayuda”, Partido Abe Kapampangan.

TIED: DEL ROSARIO - name recall, Covid “ayuda”, Brigada Eskwela, visibility; MAMAC - name recall, visibility, son of Balibago Barangay Chairman Tony Mamac, LTO drivers seminars, identified with the late DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo.

TIED: INDIONGCO - name recall as former councilor, visibility, Brigada Eskwela, COVID “ayuda”; PINEDA - name recall, Patrol Party List affiliation, visibility. One of the respondents commented: “Dapat si Mrs. In (Councilor Thelma Indiongco) na lang ang ulit tumakbo, maganda ang record niya sa city council; may two terms pa naman siya gaya ni Councilor JC Parker-Aguas.”

Mechanics and criteria

The latest D.A.R.E. survey was conducted by five teams using face-to-face interviews of respondents identified in random streets of the total 33 barangays, in various meetings and events during the holiday season from December 27-31, 2021 and January 3-7, 2022.

However, challenges were encountered in the last leg due to the implementation of stricter health protocols by the local government unit. It had interviewed 16,344 respondents, 18 years old - above, and Angeles City registered voters. It has a margin of error ranging from +/- 2.53 percent to 3.36 percent. (PR)