The first quarter poll of PUBLiCUS Asia Inc conducted from 20-29 March 2021 has been released. The purposive sample comprised of 1,500 registered voters was drawn from an online research panel of approximately 100,000 Filipinos maintained by a Singapore-based firm. Location, gender, and age were key considerations in the construction of the sample.
Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao registered the highest total approval rating among incumbent Senators at 66%, slightly lower than his 70% mark in December 2020. Trailing him are Senator Bong Go and Senator Grace Poe at around 49%. Though they are nominally in the same rating, Go has higher total disapproval than Poe. The tail end is comprised of Senators Villar, Revilla and De Lima with total disapproval ratings ranging from 47% to 67%.
Pacquiao registered the highest “high trust” rating among incumbent Senators at 53% followed by Go (35%) and Poe (33%). Villar, Revilla and De Lima remain the least trusted with total low trust ratings ranging from 52% to 73%.
68 names were included in the list of potential candidates in the senatorial predisposition poll. The Top 12 can be described as a mix of senators seeking reelection (Pacquiao, Hontiveros, Villanueva, Gatchalian), former senators hoping to return to the senate (Escudero, Marcos, Legarda), incumbent members of the House of Representatives (Torres-Gomez, Santos-Recto), and personalities that figured in past senatorial races (Domagoso, Ong). The only personality that has not attempted a national run and is in the Top 12 of the predisposition poll is Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte at no. 6.
The survey is an independent, non-commissioned, national poll covering nine modules: state of the economy and economic prospects, COVID vaccine prioritization and openness to safety protocols, national issues, scorecard for national leaders and institutions, emotional quotient of incumbent and prospective leaders, media consumption habits and responses to media campaigns, predisposition, blended learning, and new normal consumption habits.
David Yap, PhD
Chief Data Scientist