ILOILO City – Rep. Jerry Treñas has maintained his lead over Mayor Jose Espinosa III in the fourth mayoral survey for the May 13, 2019 midterm elections conducted by the prestigious Random Access Consultants, Inc. (RACI),
The survey among 600 respondents of voting age from 60 barangays was held on Nov. 24 and 25, 2018.
Treñas scored 58 percent, outnumbering the combined votes of five other candidates for mayor, namely Espinosa with 28.3 percent; Dr. Pacita Gonzalez, 9.5 percent; Carmelo Carreon, 1.2 percent; Efren Gimeo, 0.5 percent; and Steve Abitang, 0.2 percent.
The undecided respondents comprised 2.3 percent.
Treñas’ vice mayoral running mate under Team Uswag, Vice Mayor Jeffrey Ganzon, bagged 62.5 percent while Councilor Plaridel Nava trailed behind with 24.7 percent; Councilor R. Leone Gerochi, 9.8 percent; and Constancio Caro Jr., 0.3 percent.
The undecided was at 2.7 percent.
Team Uswag’s candidate for congresswoman, Julienne “Jam-jam” Baronda, likewise bested her opponents with 48.2 percent; followed by Councilor Joshua Alim, 40.7 percent; and former councilor Perla Zulueta, 8.7.
The undecided was at 2.5 percent.
The survey covered seven districts. These were the following:
* Arevalo (six barangays)
* City Proper (nine barangays)
* Jaro (15 barangays)
* La Paz (seven barangays)
* Lapuz (five barangays)
* Mandurriao (seven barangays)
* Molo (11 barangays).
The survey used multi-stage probability as sampling methodology. It had 95 percent level of confidence from data collected through face-to-face interviews with residents 18 years old and above, and with a margin of error of ±4 percent.
Treñas consistently led three previous surveys conducted this year by RACI on March 16-18 (first survey), July 27-29 (second survey) and Sept. 14 to 16.
Before joining the House of Representatives in 2010, Treñas served as Iloilo City mayor for three terms (2001-2004, 2004-2007, 2007-2010).
“Since I started as a public servant I have tried my best to excellently answer the needs of the Ilonggos. I will continue to do so,” he said in a previous interview.
The Ilonggo solon promised to “make sure we can sustain the development in Iloilo city and province.”
The survey results inspired him “to do more”, said Treñas./PN