A radio survey yesterday which knew no “margin of error”, has the re-electionists governor and first district congressman Edgar Chatto and Rene Relampagos, respectively, topping their respective rivals with overwhelming advantage. But the race for the city mayoralty given the radio survey in DYRD’s Radyo Merkado has a “chopsuey result” when mayoralty candidate John Geesnel “Baba” Yap bolted out of nowhere to stay on top over his two close rivals. A recent survey known as the Bohol Poll 2013 had the three candidates for city mayor—Yap, lawyer Agustinus “Dodong” Gonzaga and Dr. Abe Lim, statistically tie, in a random sampling where the margin of error was +-10. The margin of error is the determinant factor of who is on top or behind with the magic number made on the basis of the number of respondents. The -+10 margin of error has 100 respondents who were made to answer questions in a face-to-face basis.
The radio survey yesterday conducted by the popular weekly program has for this question:, “If the election were held today, who would you vote for as Governor, 1st District Congressman and City Mayor?” It did not take long for the thousands of radio listeners to answer the question as the buzzer was sounded. In a cacophony of live calls and text messages, the radio station’s landlines and text lines were inundated with calls saying they will be voting for Gov. Chatto for governor and Cong. Relampagos for first district congressman. Maybe to the surprise of many, as indicated from earlier results showing Chatto and Relampagos on top, the configuration would have been a clean sweep to include its city mayoralty slate. But surprise of surprises, the radio poll resulted not in the way of a clean sweep of the entire Liberal Party slate—from governor to city mayor, as the choice of the majority of the callers and texters had Baba Yap as their choice for city mayor.
In the aftermath of the radio survey, Chatto polled 60 favorable votes while Relampagos has 48. Chatto’s rival, the combative Carmen Mayor Che Toribio de los Reyes registered a zero vote while her counterpart in the first district congressional derby City Mayor Dan Lim eked out a measly 7 votes. As to Yap, he was the runaway winner with 41 call-in votes while his close rival Gonzaga amassed 26. Lim only managed to get two votes. For the text survey, Yap has 16, Gonzaga 9 and Lim 0. With the survey result highlighted by the camp of Yap apparently for propaganda mileage, a press release said the callers came from all walks, a manifestation that their candidate is the choice of all sectors of the electorate. The calls cited Yap as one candidate who is humble, approachable and friendly. Although self-serving at best, the callers also asserted that only Yap has provided real public service over the years, adding that unlike Abe and Gonzaga which both of them have just arrived here in Tagbilaran, hence have not shown any service to the people.