Sunday, December 20, 2009

6 senators sure of reelection — survey

December 20, 2009, 4:29pm

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Senate President Pro Tempore Jose ‘’Jinggoy’’ Estrada and five other incumbent senators who are running for reelection in the May 10, 2010 elections are sure of getting re-elected.

The six will be joined by four former senators and two members of the House of Representatives when the 15th Congress opens on July 19, 2010.

This was based on the results of a nationwide survey by the Issues and Advocacy Center (The Center) on senatorial preferences.

The survey was conducted Dec. 2-6, 2009 with some 1,200 respondents that cut across all demographic lines and in its list of senatorial aspirants who emerged as the most likely to make it to the winners’ circle if the elections were to be held Monday are:

Estrada who has been topping past and previous surveys conducted by The Center is still the most favored among senatorial aspirants with 53 percent or 636 of those surveyed who said they would vote for the young Estrada if elections are held Monday.

Sen. Pilar Juliana ‘’Pia’’ S. Cayetano is a close second with 50 percent. Trailing her is Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago who emerged with 49 percent of the responses.

Ed M. Malay of The Center, however, said that Estrada’s lead though consistent is still insignificant since all three are deemed tied if the margin of error of + 4 percent is applied. On the other hand, all three are expected to figure in the race for top honors given the fact that Estrada, Cayetano and Defensor-Santiago have been consistently occupying the top three places in the same order in the past surveys of The Center.

The other incumbent senators who, according to The Center, are assured of getting reelected are Senators Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr. (46 percent), Manuel ‘’Lito’’ Lapid (37 percent), and Juan Ponce Enrile (36 percent).

Also in the list of favored senatorial aspirants are former Senators Franklin M. Drilon (47 percent), Sergio Osmeña III (44 percent), Ralph G. Recto (44 percent), Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III (41 percent) and Congressmen Teofisto Guingona Jr. (40 percent) and Bongbong Marcos (35 percent).

The Center said the question presented to the survey respondents was who among the 52 names appearing in the list of senatorial aspirants would they vote for if the elections were held Monday. The respondents were asked to write down the number corresponding to the names of the 12 senatorial aspirants that they will vote for.

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