ILOILO City – Mayoralty candidate Rommel Ynion garnered a big chunk of additional support, at least more than 10 percent of voters who had remained undecided and ambivalent before a radio debate and a few days before the May 13 elections.
A survey conducted from April 27 to 28 showed a dramatic avalanche of support to Ynion from majority of voters across all sectors after Friday last week’s “candidates’ forum” of DyOK Aksyon Radyo.
The survey was conducted by Interlink Media Services, a Makati-based firm.
Of the 600 respondents, 65 percent said there should be a change in the city’s political leadership, which they considered “corrupt and vindictive.”
But the survey also showed 20 percent doubted Ynion’s ability to run the city in the next three years.
Fifteen percent of the respondents said they would remain loyal to Mabilog.
From a mere 13 percent December last year, Ynion’s rating rose to 30 percent last month.
“These past few days, I observed a massive departure of Mabilog’s supporters towards Ynion’s camp. His rallies are full of people who voluntarily support him,” said a Mandurriao district barangay captain who asked not to be identified.
In the recent comprehensive face-to-face survey conducted from April 16 to 21 by the same survey firm, Mabilog had the upper hand, garnering the nod of 1,004 respondents equivalent to 52.1 percent. Ynion settled at 47.7 percent.
The survey had 2,000 respondents, the biggest number of sectoral representation from the city’s seven districts and which more or less pointed to possible winners in the forthcoming mid-term elections.
Mabilog’s edge over Ynion was only over two percent. Both were considered in a statistical tie if the survey’s margin of error was factored in.
If the results of the latest survey after the radio debate were to be considered, Ynion is now ahead of Mabilog by about eight percent.
Political pundits observe a “dramatic bandwagon” taking place in Ynion’s campaign, with barely two weeks before the elections.
“The force of the poor is now manifested against the rich and the influential,” a city hall employee who asked for anonymity for obvious reason told Panay News./PN