Having a famous surname no longer seems to be a guarantee that a politiko will be elected into public office, more so if it’s for a coveted institution like the Senate.
Results of the Social Weather Stations’ (SWS) latest voter preference survey showed a drop in the ratings of a number of famous politikos as the campaign season kicked off.
The candidates with the biggest ratings drop in SWS’ list of Top 20 senatorial bets were former senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Serge Osmeña.
Revilla’s rating now stood at 34 percent from 38 percent in January, while Osmeña’s was at 23 percent from 27 percent.
An actor, Revilla currently ranks between 10th and 12th place, tied with Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV.
Meanwhile, Osmeña is at 16th place.
Candidates with a three-point drop in their ratings were: former senator Lito Lapid (from 44 percent to 41 percent), and Senators Koko Pimentel (from 36 percent to 33 percent) and JV Ejercito (from 24 percent to 21 percent).
The ratings of Senator Nancy Binay, former senator Mar Roxas and Ilocos Norte governor Imee Marcos all dropped by two points, though they remain on SWS’ list of 20 top senatorial bets.
Senator Sonny Angara’s rating also dropped by one point, from 41 percent to 40 percent. He’s in sixth place, rendering his chances of re-election highly likely.
SWS conducted the survey nationwide from February 25 to 28.