A total of 2.8% of Filipinos believe Sarangani congressman and world boxing champ Manny Pacquiao is the country’s national hero, results of the latest Pulse Asia survey said Friday.
The Pulse Asia survey showed that 81.9% of Filipinos correctly identified Dr. Jose Rizal as the national hero of the Philippines, while Pacquiao ranked a distant second with 2.8%.
Well, Manny Pacquiao is also called as “Ang Pambansang Kamao” (The National Fist) so it’s no wonder.
At least 6% of respondents from the Visayas chose Pacquiao as the national hero, followed by 3.8% of Mindanao, 1.5% of Balance Luzon and 0.7% of Metro Manila.
Other personalities named as national heroes are Andres Bonifacio (1.9%), the late Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. (1.7%), President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III (1.7%), the late President Cory Aquino (1%) and Emilio Aguinaldo (1%).
At least 3.6% of respondents did not identify any national hero while 2.1% said they do not know.
The survey showed that 51.1% of Filipino believe no individual – living or deceased – comes close to Dr. Jose Rizal. However, 10.8% of respondents said the late Sen. Ninoy Aquino is comparable to Rizal. Other individuals compared to the national hero are former President Ferdinand Marcos (5.4%), Manny Pacquiao (4.8%), former President Cory Aquino (4.0%), Andres Bonifacio (3.1%) and President Benigno Aquino III (3%).
The survey was conducted May 21 to June 4, 2011 based on a sample of 1,200 representative adults. It has a ± 3% error margin at the 95% confidence level.
SOURCE: ABS-CBN News