Lacson did not top Bloomberg presidential survey


Vice President Leni Robredo was the most preferred presidential candidate in a survey of 28 investors and analysts by Bloomberg, contrary to a misleading chart circulated by supporters of presidential candidate Sen. Panfilo Lacson that omitted Robredo to imply Lacson was the top pick.


In the survey, Robredo scored 15 points higher than Lacson, who received a score of 91 and was second overall.


Facebook page “Bantay Ko” posted the bar chart on March 15 with the correct figures for Lacson and presidential candidates Francisco Moreno Domagoso and Ferdinand Marcos Jr. but excluded Robredo and Sen. Manny Pacquiao, who came in last.


The chart’s headline and description read:

Lacson, Isko, Marcos on Bloomberg Poll for Presidency
28 investors and analysts gave Lacson a score of 91, Isko Moreno with 81 and Marcos Jr. with 46, when asked whom they think is the best person to lead the Southeast Asian economy.

Bloomberg released the results of the survey on March 13 in an online article without a chart. It said:

A survey of 28 investors and analysts -- when asked whom they think is the best person to lead the Southeast Asian economy -- gave Robredo the highest score of 106. Senator Panfilo Lacson came in second with a score of 91, followed by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno with 81. Marcos and Senator Manny Pacquiao were at the bottom with a score of 46 and 44, respectively. Respondents were asked to score the five candidates from 5 to 1, with 5 as the most positive.

The misleading Facebook post received 333 reactions and 154 shares. A supporter of Lacson shared the post to the Facebook group “BLUE MOVERS FOR PING LACSON” and received 110 reactions and 24 shares. (CC)