In a recent survey conducted by Radyo Veritas, Vice President Leni Robredo was the first choice among the presidential candidates that Catholics believe to have the values of a good leader.
According to Veritas Truth Survey (VTS), 48 percent of the 2,400 respondents vote for Robredo who they believe has all the traits of a good leader.
Robredo was followed by Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (38%), Sen. Panfilo Lacson and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno (5%), Sen. Manny Pacquiao (2%) while Ka Leody De Guzman and former Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales both got one percent each.
The VTS nationwide survey was conducted from April 1, 2022, to April 30, 2022, through text-based and online data gathering.
According to Fr. Anton CT Pascual, President of Radio Veritas, the survey shows that the Filipinos will vote for the candidate based on Catholic values and beliefs.
“For the Catholic Voters that served as respondents for this survey, this survey tells us that based on Catholic Values and Beliefs, VP Leni has a significant advantage over former Sen. Marcos, Jr. and that Catholic Voters are inclined to vote for her,” Fr. Pascual told Radio Veritas.
Fr. Pascual also explained that the survey is a reflection that the Catholic faithful is looking for candidates who possess the ‘servant-leader qualities’ and have a genuine desire to serve the people.
“Such results are an affirmation that for most Catholic Voters, servant leader qualities are the basis of choice for these are deeply rooted in a Catholic’s values and beliefs. While traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the ‘top of the pyramid’, servant leadership is different. The servant-leader shares power puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible,” Fr. Pascual said.
Clifford Sorita, VTS head said Marcos slightly outnumbered Robredo at 45-percent compared to 43-percent, based on the age of voters from 40 to 60 years old. On the other hand, Robredo leads in various age groups.
“VP Robredo has more voters in her favor among those ages 18–20 at42% versus 37%; ages 21-39 years old at 51% versus 35%; and 61 years old and above at 77% versus 32%,” Sorita said.
Mr. Sorita also clarified that the said survey is not a voting preference but intends to see what the Catholic respondents will prefer based on their faith. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)