Robredo biggest gainer in VP poll – Pulse Asia

MANILA, Philippines – Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo is the biggest gainer among vice presidential candidates in a commissioned survey conducted by Pulse Asia Research, Incorporated, released on Tuesday, March 15.

The nationwide poll, commissioned by ABS-CBN Corporation, was conducted among 2,600 registered voters from March 1 to 6.

The poll results showed Senator Francis Escudero, the running mate of Senator Grace Poe; and Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong Marcos Jr still statistically tied for top spot with voter preference ratings of 25% and 22%, respectively. Their latest ratings are both lower than their numbers in the commissioned poll held from February 16 to 27. 

Among the candidates, Marcos suffered the biggest drop in ratings – by 4 percentage points. Escudero’s latest rating is 1 percentage point lower compared to his rating in February.

Administration candidate Robredo enjoyed the biggest jump in ratings among the candidates – up 3 percentage points or to 21% from 18%.

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, the running mate of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, had a 1-percentage point rise in his rating, 14% from 13%. 

The preference ratings of the other two candidates, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) bet Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan II and Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV, remained the same at 6% and 5%, respectively. 

Two months before the May 9 polls, 3% of voters remained undecided on their first choice for vice president, 1% either didn’t know or refused to divulge their choice, while 2% had no candidate.

Based on the survey results, the following candidates are the top choice among geographical locations and classes:

The latest survey results also showed Poe and Duterte leading the presidential race.

Escudero till top 2nd choice for VP

Asked for their second choice for vice president in case their preferred bet bowed out of the race, most voters (26%) named Escudero.

Sharing second place among alternative candidates are Marcos (16%), Cayetano (15%), and  Robredo (13%). 

“The rest of registered voters (16%) are not inclined to name a second choice for vice president,” said Pulse Asia president Ronald Holmes.

Should Escudero withdraw from the race, most of his voters said they would choose either Robredo (20%), Marcos (19%), or Cayetano (18%).

“Most of those without a first choice for vice-president (79%) do not have an alternative candidate for the position,” Holmes said.

During the survey period, among the dominant issues were the Nationalist People’s Coalition’s endorsement of the Poe-Escudero tandem, the continuing tension in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) over the sighting of Chinese vessels in the Quirino Atoll near Palawan.

The other major news were the Ombudsman’s dismissal order against Poe spokesman Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, and 6 others in connection with the Kentex Manufacturing Corporation fire that killed 72 people, and the victoriesof former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at the Super Tuesday voting in the run-up to the US presidential elections.

Pulse Asia said its nationwide survey has a ±1.9% error margin at the 95% confidence level. Subnational estimates for the geographic areas covered in the survey have the following error margins at 95% confidence level: ± 5.7% for Metro Manila, ±2.9% for the rest of Luzon and ±4.2% for Visayas and ± 3.9 for Mindanao.  – Rappler.com