DAVAO CITY — Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte of Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban came away with an overwhelming 89.8 percent in the 2016 Blue Vote of the Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) electoral survey, leaving other presidential candidates with insignificant numbers as low as one to two and a half percent.
Duterte’s running mate, vice presidential candidate Senator Alan Peter Cayetano also topped the in-campus and off-campus site survey at 49.7 percent, followed by Senator Bongbong Marcos at 22 percent of the total respondents. Other vice presidential candidates registered single digits.
The 1,877 respondents answered to a question: “If elections were held today, which presidential candidate you would vote for?” for the electoral survey using Moodle method and face-to-face interview. AdDU’s off-campus sites are the Catigan Farm in Toril and St. Ignatius Spirituality Center (SISC) in Samal.
The Moodle method is computer/Wifi-aided online system of AdDU in which students, faculty and administrators have registered accounts.
The survey via the Moodle method was conducted at the Matina campus from March 6 to 8; Jacinto campus from Feb. 29 to March 6; and the face-to-face interview from March 1 to 14.
Among the 1,877 respondents are students, full-time and part-time faculty members, administrator, and non-teaching staff that include security guards, housekeeping staff and food court attendants. Of the total respondents, 1,273 are of voting age (67.8 percent); 584 are non-voting age (31.1 percent); and 20 respondents (1.1 percent) refused to answer.
By category, 244 are grade school students (13 percent); 309 high school students (16.5 percent); 762 college and graduate school students; 202 faculty and administrators; 360 are non-teaching staff (19.2 percent).
About three fourths (74.2 percent) of the voting age had their biometrics taken by the Commission on Elections (Comelec); one fourth (25.8 percent) have not taken their biometrics.
By district, 52.2 percent are from the first district; 28 percent from District 2; 14.4 percent from District 3; and, 5.4 percent are not residents of the city.
Even with the inclusion of non-voting age, Lourdesita Chan, chair of the University Research Council, however said the same results would still register from a 1,273 samples.
Chan said the respondents of voting age still show an overwhelming result for Duterte. According to Chan, they wanted to strike out inclusion of the pupils and high school students but the children wanted to participate.
Christine Diaz of the University Research Council said the AdDU would like to emphasize to inculcate civic education to the children. In fact, their participation is being appreciated as their form of political participation.
Chan said their political maturity send a message that nobody can play with them on issues. She added that in mock polls inside classrooms children chose Duterte for president. “It’s amazing,” Chan described the results from the grade school pupils and high school students.
Chan highlighted political will and accessibility to common people as leadership traits of Duterte.
“Overall respondents gave him (Duterte) excellent performance,” Chan said during a press conference after the presentation of results at the AdDU Community Center.
Chan said that the candidates were also sized up according to track record on implementing or passing laws and ordinances.
She said Duterte was cited for his implementation of the Anti-Smoking Ordinance, the Speed Limit Law, Anti-Nuisance Ordinance and the Women Development Code.
However, the mayor needs to implement the Rain Catchment Ordinance, Organic Farming and Address Income Gap.
“Call it no-contest but the statistics tell us that the landslide preference for Duterte is so huge,” said an analytical report of Ma. Isabel Tacub for the AdDU University Research Council.
Tacub said candidates were also sized up according to their political platforms and advocacies; leadership abilities; personal attributes of political candidates such as mass appeal; general areas of governance; and among others.
In the areas of general concern, Tacub said peace and order pulled away at 35.5 percent; graft and corruption at 27.1 percent; health at 25.5 percent; unemployment/jobs at 24.7 percent, disaster preparedness at 22.5 percent; and education at 20.3 percent. PNA/ northboundasia.com