BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
One in every two Filipinos believe a win either for presidential aspirant Vice President Leni Robredo or former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. will bring back traditional politics in the Philippines, a survey firm said.
Forty percent of Filipinos expressed their sentiment of hopelessness, thinking of leaving the Philippines for a better country, if either of the front runners win in the coming elections, according to Martin Penaflor, founder and Chief Executive Officer of digital research group Tangere.
These were some key insights from the non-commissioned nationwide survey conducted by Tangere, an award-winning research company that provides quick and easy data gathering by leveraging on mobile application technology and social engagements, and its 600,000 strong Ka-Tangere online community, Penaflor said.
During a zoom meeting yesterday, Penaflor, who presented yesterday the results of their survey in the Voice of the Online Filipinos, a series of insightful deep-dive in the sentiments of Filipino voters in the May 2022 elections, noted that 52 percent of respondents believe that the existence of Marcos-Leni and/or Liberal Party can be considered as a comeback to traditional politics.
This belief is driven by National Capital Region residents and those who voted for Mar Roxas during the 2016 presidential elections, he added.
Of the 1,200 respondents from NCR, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, it showed a significant number of the respondents, or two in five, do not expect improvement in their lives if either Marcos or Robredo wins in the elections, Penaflor further said.
“This is turning to be a cynical election,” Peñaflor described the findings of their survey. “We have two leading candidates that are seen by many as traditional politicians where the poorest don’t believe inequality will be addressed and where many of the voters feel like even if their candidate is elected, it is still better to leave the country.”
Penaflor said. “A surprising 51 percent of the respondents agree that Leni and BBM are more focused on fighting each other and are looking for alternative leaders who will champion their interest as shown in the research for their preference towards Isko Moreno and Manny Pacquiao.”
Channeling their hopelessness in the country’s political system dominated by traditional politicians and feuding families, two of five Filipinos said it would be better to leave the country to settle or work elsewhere regardless of who will win the presidency between BBM and Leni.
“This belief is driven by the Visayas residents,” the survey added.
In addition, two of five Filipinos welcome the idea of leaving the Philippines for a better country due to the predominance of traditional politicians.
Unsurprisingly, two of five Filipinos would want their children migrate elsewhere in a Leni or BBM victory, the survey results further showed.
Asked if they believe Marcos Jr. is as strong a leader as his father, 30 percent of the respondents said “No.”*