NEWS FEATURE: 'IBON' POLL SHOWS GMA JUMP AMONG PRESIDENTIAL BETS

MANILA, August 29, 2003  (STAR) Now even the IBON survey shows that President Arroyo’s ranking among presidentiables is rising.

In the latest IBON survey conducted nationwide from July 14 to 27, the President jumped four notches to rank third in the people’s choice for president. She ranked seventh in the last IBON survey conducted in the first quarter of the year.

The survey asked 1,457 randomly selected respondents who they will choose as president if the elections were held today and were asked to choose from a list of possible candidates.

In the first question, former education secretary Raul Roco emerged as the top presidentiable with 14.9 percent of the total number of survey respondents naming him as their top pick. Sen. Noli de Castro (10.16 percent) came in second while Mrs. Arroyo (9.40 percent) ranked third.

Some 636 respondents, however, did not name any presidentiable.

In the second question, Roco was again chosen by more people from a list of possible presidential candidates. Roco was chosen by 21 percent of the respondents, followed by De Castro (17.43 percent) and Mrs. Arroyo (10.30 percent).

In Metro Manila, Roco got the nod of 14.9 percent of the 449 respondents. Sen. Panfilo Lacson, however, followed Roco with 12.6 percent while Mrs. Arroyo remained in the No. 3 slot with 10.91 percent.

For vice president, Sen. Loren Legarda is the respondents’ choice with 23.40 percent. De Castro is second with 17.98 percent and Roco third with 8.79 percent. Legarda was also the top choice for vice present in IBON’s first quarter survey.

IBON’s non-commissioned survey is conducted quarterly to find out the people’s perception of the economy, their income and livelihood, government’s performance, choice for president and vice president in 2004 and other issues.

Aside from the top three picks, those named by respondents as their most likely choice for president were: Lacson (6.86 percent), actor Fernando Poe Jr. (5.35 percent), Legarda (1.78 percent), former President Joseph Estrada (1.78 percent), Eduardo Cojuangco (1.44 percent), Gregorio Honasan (1.44 percent), Teofisto Guingona Jr. (0.75 percent), Fidel Ramos (0.27 percent), Satur Ocampo (0.27 percent), Lito Osmeña (0.14 percent) and Juan Flavier (0.14 percent).

The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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