PDP-LABAN presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte throttled all other presidential contenders leaving them with just single-digit shares in the latest presidential preference poll conducted by the Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU)'s University Research Council (URC) among all stakeholders from its two campuses in Davao City recently.
In a data furnished by the AdDU's URC after conducting the pre-election survey dubbed as "AdDu: Blue Vote 2016," in the span of 15 days from Feb. 29 to March 14, among 1,273 voting age sample, Duterte got the nod of 88.5 percent respondents. Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago ranked second with 2.4 percent votes while Senator Grace Poe placed third with 1.5 percent votes.
Meanwhile, Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel "Mar" Roxas II was fourth with 1.1 percent and Vice President Jejomar Binay came in fifth with 0.7 percent.
The 3.3 percent of the respondents were still undecided, 0.5 percent had abstained, and 2 percent belongs to the "Do not want to say."
Peter Laviña, head of Duterte camp Media Group, in a text message sent to Sun.Star Davao, thanked the AdDU community for their initiatives in showing their support for Mayor Duterte.
"The result of the survey mirrors the polling done by SWS and Pulse Asia, showing an unprecedented overwhelming support of the people of Davao to their mayor. This is reflective of the rising support of the mayor not just in the academe but in all sectors as well," Laviña added in his statement.
Mildred Megarbio-Estanda, Ateneo Migration Center (AMC) director, said that two methods were used in the pre-election survey that includes moodle method and face-to-face interview.
Both methods were applied in the two surveys in AdDU's Jacinto and Matina campuses.
The moodle-run survey was held last March 6 to 8 in Matina campus while it was held February 29 to March 8 in Jacinto campus.
The face-to-face interviews were administered last March 1 to 14.
Estanda said that the respondents who have participated in all the surveys were college students, teaching and non-teaching staff, administrators, and office-based non-teching staff (NTS).
"The moodle-run survey is like a computer-aided one where respondents were asked specific and socio-demographic type of questions as well as awareness of where are the members of the AdDU community get their information with regard to the election.
In the same computer-aided program, respondents were asked who they would vote for if elections were held today," Estanda told Sun.Star Davao.
Estanda said the survey is not only for the national candidates but for the local candidates as well.
In the vice presidential poll, Duterte's running mate, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano got 46 percent votes from the same 1,273 voting age respondents.
Santiago's running mate, Sen. Bongbong Marcos was second with 22 percent votes. The rest of the vice-presidential candidates registered single digit votes.
The same survey was also conducted in the same campuses but this time to a 1,877 respondents, a bracket they have labeled as non-voting age sample.
Duterte still earned the top rating with 89.8 percent while Santiago ranked second with 2.5 percent. Grace Poe (1.65), Roxas (1.2), and Binay (1.0 percent) occupied the third to fifth spots, respectively. The undecided respondents registered at 2.2 percent, there are 0.3 percent who abstained while 1.3 percent "Do not want to say".
For the senatorial polls, candidates Miguel Zubiri and Risa Hontiveros topped the magic 12 list among the voting age sample from both campuses.
Senatoriables completing the list were Dick Gordon, Sergio Osmena III, Franklin Drilon, Panfilo Lacson, Ralph Recto, Francis Pangilinan, Leila De Lima, Teofisto Guingona III, Francis Tolentino, and Sherwin Gatchalian.
Estanda said it was the second time that they conducted the Blue Vote pre-election survey after it was first launched in 2013.
"The objective of this survey is to provide the AdDU community of quality data on election preference this May's national and local election," Estanda shared.
She also bared that it was also a way to educate and provide awareness among the stakeholders and the public with the use of the data gathered.
Estanda said that they are also set to administer the Blue Vote 2016 off campus survey which is a city-wide social survey.
The off campus survey is set to be conducted on April 4 to 14 and will cover all three districts here in the city.
"We will cover all 62 barangays in the city," she added.
The results of the city-wide survey will be released days after the survey has been conducted, Estanda said.
The AdDU Blue Vote 2016 electoral survey was conducted by AdDU's URC in coordination with the school's Social Research, Training, and Development Office (SRTDO) and Ateneo Migration Center.