MANILA, Philippines --- The Manila Bulletin appeared to be the Ilonggos' favorite as it was found to be the most preferred newspaper in the city of Iloilo.
In a survey, conducted by Random Access Group on Dec. 26-28, 2012, the decades-old newspaper ranked first, with 142 out of 600 mostly male respondents (23.7 percent) saying they preferred reading the Manila Bulletin over other broadsheets.
The respondents, aged 18 to more than 60 years old, were asked in local dialect: ''Kon nagabasa, ano nga newspaper ang imo ginabasa? (If you are a newspaper reader, which newspaper do you prefer?).''
The poll, conducted by the Random Access Group headed by Dr. Vicente Balinas and Lisa Baliao, has a margin of error of 4 percent.
The Manila Bulletin appeared to be the ''daily'' of people from all walks of life after the survey showed that it is widely read by respondents from upper, middle, and lower classes. Respondents who finished elementary, high school, and tertiary education as well vocational courses also preferred to read the Manila Bulletin.
By age groups, the Manila Bulletin was the first choice of 18 to 21 years old, 30 to 39, 40-49, and 50-59.
Placing second in the survey was the locally circulated Panay News with 16.9 percent, followed by Philippine Daily Inquirer (13.6 percent), Bandera (6.8 percent), and Philippine Star (5.1 percent).
Of the 600 respondents, 20 respondents preferred to read Manila Standard-Today, News Today, Pilipino Star and Ngayon.
The other dailies -- Visayan Tribune, X Files, Ngawngaw, Tempo, Daily Star, Tiktik, Bulgar, Daily Guardian, Pinoy Newspaper, Abante, Hublas and Tonite -- got 1.7 percent share each or at least 10 respondents chose to read each one of them.
The poll also showed that majority of the Ilonggos would vote for six re-electionist senators in this year's midterm polls with Sen. Loren Legarda topping the list with 57.2 percent or 343 respondents rallying behind her candidacy.
Next to Legarda was Sen. Francis ''Chiz'' Escudero, who got 55.8 percent share, followed by Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano (55.2 percent), and Sen. Aquilino ''Koko'' Pimentel (48.2 percent).
Senators Gregorio ''Gringo'' Honasan (43. 2 percent) and Antonio Trillanes IV (37 percent) landed in the sixth and eighth spot.
Of the respondents, 282 would vote for resigned senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, followed by Cynthia Villar with 37.2 percent or 223 respondents supporting her.
Senatorial aspirants who also placed on the Ilonggos' list include Ma. Theresia ''Risa'' Hontiveros (35.5 percent), San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito (31.8 percent), and Ma. Lourdes ''Nancy'' Binay (28.5 percent).
Former senator Richard Gordon got the No. 12 spot with 27.5 percent, followed by Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile (25 percent), Consuelo ''Jamby'' Madrigal (22.8 percent), and Ramon Magsaysay Jr. (22.5 percent).
In the congressional race, Iloilo Rep. Jerry Treñas beat his opponent, Raul Gonzalez Jr. after getting the support of majority of his constituents. A total of 381 respondents would vote for Treñas and 27 percent or 162 Ilonggos would support Gonzalez, the survey showed. While, 9.5 percent or 57 respondents remained undecided.
The survey also disclosed that Ilonggo voters would prefer Jed Mabilog win as their mayor with 72.2 percent, beating Rommel Ynion (18.2 percent). About 9.6 percent or 58 respondents remain undecided on who to vote for mayor.
Getting the support of 60.7 percent or 364 respondents, Joe Espinosa is the most preferred vice mayor of Iloilo. Jeffrey Ganzon, another candidate, got the support 165 respondents or 27.5 percent.
About 11.8 percent of the respondents have yet to decide on the vice mayoralty race.
The survey also showed that Nielex ''Lex'' Tupas first got the nod of the Ilonggos with 52.3 percent or 314 respondents supporting him, followed by Joshua Alim (48 percent), Lyndon ''Kap'' Acap (46.5 percent), Lady Julie Grace ''Love Jam'' Baronda (45.5 percent), David Raymund ''Dave'' Jamora (42 percent), Jason Gonzales (40.8 percent), Rodel ''Rodel Fullon'' Agado (39 percent), Plaridel II ''Pla Nava'' Nava (36.7 percent), Eduardo ''Ed'' Penaredondo (36.2 percent), and Liezl Joy ''Inday Lee Perla'' Zulueta (36 percent).