By TOGER M. BALANZA
Vice President Leni Robredo collared more than half of respondents, more than double the votes of archrival former senator Bongbong Marcos, in a survey for presidential preference in the coming May 9 polls, in the 2nd National Elections Pulse Google Survey by the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP).
CEAP is the country’s largest association of Catholic schools.
In the survey conducted from January 24 to February 4 with 3,089 respondents, Robredo yielded 1,624 votes (52.57%) against Bongbong’s 758 votes (24.54%).
The CEAP survey followed the October survey, the first by the Catholic group, where Robredo also bested Bongbong, son of the late dictator president Ferdinand Marcos Sr.
The latest CEAP survey results are the exact opposite of results of recent surveys by the Social Weather Station and Pulse Asia with Bongbong grabbing the lead with more than 50% of the votes.
Bongbong is running with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte his vice president under the Uniteam banner.
Robredo is taking a crack at the Malacanang post as an independent candidate in tandem with Senator Francis Pangilinan as his vice president.
Respondents in the nationwide survey were students, school heads and administrators, non-teaching personnel, alumni and other staff.
Respondents from eleven regions went for Robredo. with Marcos winning in only four regions.
Respondents from 11 regions namely Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon), Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan), Bicol, Western Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, National Capital Region, and Cordillera Administrative Region, favored Robredo.
The regions of Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Davao, Soccsksargen, and Caraga voted for Marcos.