December 13, 2015, 6:02p.m. – SEN. MIRIAM Defensor-Santiago is the top choice of Thomasians in next year’s presidential election, based on a survey conducted by the Varsitarian.

Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. topped the survey for vice presidential candidates with 29 percent.

The survey was conducted from Oct. 26 to Dec. 10, with 1,366 respondents randomly selected through the cluster sampling method.

Respondents were asked who they would vote for president and vice president if elections were held on the day of the survey.

Santiago, who claims she has recovered from Stage 4 lung cancer, emerged on top with 66 percent, while 17 percent of the respondents were yet to make up their minds.

Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas placed third with 8 percent while Sen. Grace Poe, who has been disqualified by two Commission on Elections divisions, was at fourth spot with 5 percent.

Vice President Jejomar Binay got 3 percent.  

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was not included in the survey because the questionnaires had been prepared before he announced his presidential run. Still, four respondents picked him. 

In the vice presidential race, Marcos, eldest son of the late dictator, got 29 percent. 

Twenty percent of the respondents picked no vice presidential contender. 

Roxas’ running mate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, placed third with 17 percent followed by Sen. Francis Escudero with 15 percent.

Duterte’s running mate, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, got 13 percent, while Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV had 4 percent. Paul Xavier Jaehwa C. Bernardo, Monica M. Hernandez, and Mary Gillan Frances G. Ropero



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