Bong Go emerges No. 1 in text survey
January 12, 2019
Majority of Filipino voters have not yet made up their minds on their choices for senator in the mid-term elections on May 13 this year.
This was among the findings revealed by results released by SurveyNgBayan from respondents polled through mobile phone text messaging from December 6 to 31 last year.
Former special assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, however, emerged as the candidate of choice among these still undecided voters, followed by incumbent Sen. Grace Poe.
“Top of the mind recall” by the respondents saw Go (9.78 percent) and Poe (7.88) being followed by other candidates whose first names, nicknames or surnames were listed as Bato 6.79, Imee 6.52, Aquino 4.08 percent, Angara 3.80, Binay 2.72, Revilla 2.72, Villar 2.72, Roxas 2.45, Ong 2.17, Alejano 1.90, Tolentino 1.90, Ejercito 1.63, Lapid 1.63, Makalintal 1.63, Pimentel 1.63, Roque 1.63, Gutoc 1.36, Cayetano 1.09, Chong 1.09, Hilbay 1.09, Jinggoy 1.09, Diokno 0.82, Enrile 0.82, Gadon 0.82, Osmena 0.82, Colmenares 0.54, Mangudadatu 0.54, Padilla 0.54, Tanada 0.54, Alunan 0.27, and Roleda 0.27.
No coaching list was provided.
The respondents had to rely purely on names they can remember in identifying their choices.
The text message blasted to about 200,000 mobile phones was: “#SURVEYNGBAYAN Q: SNO ANG PIPILIIN NYO PRA SA SENADO. MGBGAY PO NG 12 PANGALAN. KUNG ISA LNG SNO YON, AT BKT? PLS GIVE AGE/GENDER/TOWN. REPLY STOPSVC TO STOP.”
Only 26 percent of the respondents shared their choices for senators. More than 30 percent did not indicate their choices, while another 5 percent stated that they had no idea on who the candidates for the Senate were.
A “significant” 14 percent said they were disgusted with their electoral choices while about the same number opted out of participating in the survey and requested that they no longer be included in future polling. Ten percent of the respondents were also curious about possible partisanship of the survey and replied with a question asking who are the people sending them the text polling messages.
These inferences are valid at the 98-percent confidence level and a 5-percent margin of error nationwide.
Since only a small proportion of the survey respondents gave indications of their choices for senator, the rankings presented here only have a 90 percent level of confidence and a margin of error of 6 percent nationwide.
Meanwhile, Go has denied an allegation of detained Sen. Leila de Lima that he uses public funds for supposedly premature campaigning.
In a statement on Friday, he said it was his supporters who fund the campaign materials that were plastered across the country.
“My heart is full for the help and support I get from my supporters. They are the ones who campaign for me, while I am focused on servicing the President and the people without asking for anything in return. However, let me clarify again that I have always advised my supporters to use the funds instead to help other people,” Go added.
He said his supporters fund even his television advertisements.
One television advertisement featured no less than Duterte.
Go said contrary to the claim of de Lima, he was not usurping powers by being there almost every time the President attends an event.
“It is true that I still go with President Duterte from time to time. I love him. I promised him that I will not neglect him while I am living. If I am always there by his side, it is because it is my promise to everyone who loves him. This is not a loss to the government, because I am doing this in my own, personal capacity. Government money is not being used, especially drug money,” he pointed out, apparently hitting De Lima, who has been behind bars since February 2017 on drug trafficking charges.
RALPH U. VILLANUEVA AND BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO