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VP also leads pack in new NCR survey

DESPITE the Senate investigation against him, Vice President Jejomar Binay continues to lead potential candidates in the 2016 presidential elections, according to new pollster Novo Trends PH.

Binay topped the new pollster’s first in-house survey which was conducted among 1,600 respondents from Metro Manila from Oct. 24-25, the height of the Senate subcommittee probe on corruption against Binay when he still mayor of Makati City.

Binay got the nod of 29.3 percent of respondents who were asked who they would vote for if the presidential elections were held today with a margin of error of ± 3 percent, according to Novo Trends PH president Carmelita Ericta, former head of the National Statistics Office

Binay was followed by President Benigno Aquino III 9 (13.1 percent) and Senator Grace Poe (11.8 percent), who were statistically tied at second and third place. Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago was all alone at fourth place (7.9%).

The fifth to ninth places were statistically shared by Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos (5.1%), Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero (4.6%), Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (3.6%), DILG Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas (3.4%), and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano (3.4%). Former Senator Manuel “Manny” Villar is at 10th place with 2.1% voter preference.

Ericta said Novo Trends PH is a newcomer in the Philippine social research scene, but it is an independent and non-political firm composed of experts well-versed in the collection and analysis of social, political, economic and business data.

“Novo Trends PH specializes in the collection and analysis of social, political, economic, and business data. This particular survey represents a test activity for the company and represents our contribution to a more solid appreciation of the 2016 presidential elections,” she said.

Ericta, who recently retired from government service, was civil registrar general and chairperson of the Committee on Statistics of the UN Economic and Social Commission. She is joined in Novo Trends PH by political science professor Amado Mendoza Jr. and political analyst Ramon Casiple.

Casiple, executive director of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reform, said the survey showed that Binay will emerge the winner in Metro Manila if presidential elections were to be held today, but Aquino and Poe are in a position to make a serious winning bid.

“Novo Trends PH will focus on the Philippines but will also cover ASEAN, particularly with the impending ASEAN integration, and will cover international trends as they affect Asian and Philippine developments,” Ericta said.

Novo Trends PH has a pool of experts that can be mobilized to provide consultancy services on its various areas of concern. Right now, it is undertaking commissioned and non-commissioned political surveys and consultancies in relation to the 2016 Philippine national and local elections.

Based on surveys conducted by the Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia, Binay’s public satisfaction ratings is still top among government officials.

The Binay camp said that the Novo Trends survey showed  that people still trust the Vice President and no amount of political controversies would change the people’s choice.

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