By Maya M. Padillo
The Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), a regional political party led by Mayor Sara Duterte, is seen to result to party switching among members of the PDP-Laban, the political party of the President, result of a local survey showed.
In a survey conducted by the Institute of Popular Opinion (IPO) of the University of Mindanao (UM), Davao City, on April 13 to 22 this year, 79 percent believed HNP will create a division among PDP-Laban members, in which some of them will transfer political affiliation with HNP.
“Nagtuo ang atong mga gi-survey because of the Hugpong daghan ang mubalhin sa party sa atong mayor. Basig nay exodus to hugpong,” Maria Linda Arquiza, VP for Research and executive director of IPO-UM.
The survey involved a total of 1,200 respondents using a margin of 3 percent and confidence level of 95 percent in relation to HNP and Sara as its leader. HNP was launched in February this year. Since then, it has captured national attention.
The IPO conducted the survey to determine the sentiments of the Da-vaoeños on HNP. Based on the survey a little more than half of Davaoeños surveyed are aware of the formation of the HNP (56%) while the rest haven’t heard of it (43%) while some others did not indicate response.
The survey also showed 87 percent mani-fest support to HNP. A com-bined 13 percent remains opposed to it.
The respondents were also asked of the possible impacts of the HNP nad it turned out that 87 percent considers HNP as a wise move and a strategy to strengthen regional party and eventually will make PDP-Laban stronger.
The surveyors em-phasized that the compe-tition that is associated with formation of any political party happening in various levels tend to create impression that the newly –formed party is a better receptacle than the previous which cause for system im-provement and image-management.
Some of the res-pondents in the survey believed HNP will likely attract national political parties to join them come midterm elections. Most of the respondents pointed out that HNP is a result of the political infighting within PDP-Laban. However, only a small number believe that the HNP formation and the political infighting in PDP-Laban will weaken Duterte’s pre-sidency.
The survey utilized an equal proportion of respondents for males and females (46 each) while the LGBT counts for 8%. Also 41% are aged 18 to 30 while some 26% are aged 31 to 40 and a combined 29% for aged 41 to 50 years old. Single respondents accrue to a total of 39% while the married is at 38%, living-in at 15% and separated/widowed with 8%. A quarter of the respondents belong to income Class D (30%) followed by income Class C (29%), Class E maintains 13% of the distribution while Class AB with 1.1%.