CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The most recent in a series of surveys of mayoralty candidates here showed Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin keeping his wide lead over his rivals as the local campaign season starts.
Three pre-campaign surveys were conducted in November to December 2021, January, and February by private stakeholders Cabalens for Peace and Development with a total of 2,530 respondents.
Lazatin, who is running under Aksyon Demokratiko, is leading the race for the city’s top post with 45.77 percent or a total of 1,158 respondents supporting the incumbent vice mayor. A slight increase compared to 42.35 percent result in the January survey.
Vilma Caluag, president of the Association of Barangay Captains, came a distant second with 23.48 percent of the respondents saying they will support the village chief, an increase from 17.21 percent in the January poll results.
Lagging far behind is provincial board member Rosve Henson with 18.97 percent, a decrease from his previous support of 23.46 percent, while former Mayor Oscar Rodriguez received 3.64 percent support, a huge dip from his 14.73 percent previous survey results.
A tight race for the city’s vice mayoralty seat to be vacated by incumbent Lazatin as BJ Lagman and Noel Tulabut are toe-to-toe and statistically tied all throughout the pre-campaign survey results.
Meanwhile, in the presidential race former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is at the a lead with 48.75 percent while Manila Mayor Isko Moreno came second at 22.67 percent, followed by Vice President Leni Robredo at 13.52 percent, Senator Ping Lacson at 6.40 percent, and Senator Manny Pacquiao at 5.3 percent.
For vice president, Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte leads at 44.43 percent while Senators Tito Sotto and Kiko Pangilinan are tied at 16 percent.
The pollster said the survey had a three percent margin of error with a 99 percent confidence level rate.