Former senator and presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., or BBM, is headed for a possible landslide win in the May elections, according to Stratbase ADR Institute.
However, the think tank does not discount a scenario where the winning candidate getting 30 percent of the votes, resulting in a “tight race.”
Also, things are looking dimmer for Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, as she is not the top second choice of those who will be voting for her rivals.
“It could be a landslide for Marcos on May 9 or a tight race where we will simply have somebody at a little over 30 percent winning the presidency,” Stratbase ADR Institute President Victor Andres “Dindo” Manhit said.
Marcos, or BBM, dominated the recent surveys conducted by Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations, with respondents heavily favoring him over Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo.
In the recent Pulse Asia, 60 percent of 2,400 respondents favored Marcos while second-placer Robredo got only 16 percent.
However, Manhit said there is a possibility of a tight contest in May where the winner in the presidential race will get about 30 percent of the votes.
“Or Marcos slowly declines…but nobody’s really gaining,” he added.
He added that Marcos’ numbers were not declining enough “to threaten Marcos at this time.”
Manhit said that because Marcos’ lead is not declining, the other candidates “need to work harder.”
As for Robredo, he said that while she still ranked second to Marcos in the surveys, she was not most popular second choice candidate among those who will vote for her rivals.
For example, in the Pulse Asia survey, Robredo ended up in fourth among second choice candidates. Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso emerged on top as the second-choice candidate.