DUBAI, UAE â€“ Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte emerged as the top choice among the five presidential hopefuls in an online poll conducted by the expat magazine Illustrado early this month.
Illustrado is a Dubai-based Filipino lifestyle-community magazine that caters mainly to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Middle East, as well as in other parts of the world.
In the online survey conducted between December 15 and 20, Duterte was the runaway winner with an overwhelming majority vote of 87% from 5,000 respondents from around 92 countries.
Most of the respondents are OFWs and balikbayans representing 82 percent; while 72 percent of the votes came from UAE, Saudi Arabia, Canada, USA, Qatar, Kuwait, Japan, Bahrain, Australia, Oman, China, Malaysia, UK and New Zealand.
Among the candidates, only Duterte scored double-digit, while Santiago was far behind at second place with only 7 percent.
Ranked fourth is administration bet and Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Mar Roxas with 4 percent, followed by independent candidate Senator Grace Poe and Vice President and opposition bet Jejomar Binay.
The survey further showed that 38 percent of the respondents chose â€˜discipline and strong ruleâ€™ as the most important consideration for choosing a president, while 25 percent chose â€˜track recordâ€™, 18 percent â€˜ability to facilitate real changeâ€™, and 13 percent â€˜honest and will not be corruptedâ€™.
Duterte and Santiago likewise scored high on â€˜positive association categoryâ€™, while the three other candidates topped the â€˜negative association categoryâ€™.
Duterte never scored lower than 64% in positive attributes such as â€˜trusted/reliable track recordâ€™ (88%), â€˜honestâ€™ (89%), â€˜potential to facilitate changeâ€™ (92%), â€˜discipline/strong ruleâ€™ (93%), â€˜democraticâ€™ (64%) and â€˜sympathy to peopleâ€™s issuesâ€™ (87%).
On the other hand, Roxas is being perceived by respondents as â€˜bad for the countryâ€™ (78%), â€˜corruptâ€™ (67%), inept (84%), â€˜weakâ€™ (78%), â€˜insensitive to peopleâ€™s needsâ€™ (88%) and â€˜tyrantâ€™ (64%).
It is interesting to note that Binay was perceived as â€˜corruptâ€™ by only 59% compared to Roxasâ€™ 67%. Poe was likewise considered â€˜inexperiencedâ€™ by 67% of respondents.
Among issues that should be top priorities for the incoming President, corruption was chosen by 91%, crime by 70%, economy by 51%, peace by 42%, and 35% each for education, disaster response and management, and traffic.http://kickerdaily.com/ofws-choice-duterte-wins-majority-expat-magazine-online-poll/