VP race: Marcos, Robredo in virtual tie, SWS survey shows

MANILA, Philippines – The race for the vice presidency is a close fight between Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos and Camarines Sur 3rd District Representative Leni Robredo, the latest SWS pre-election survey showed Friday, May 6.

Marcos and Robredo are in a statistical tie, with the former at 29% and the latter at 28% voter preference, the results of the survey, conducted May 1-3 among 4,500 registered voters, showed.

In the previous SWS survey conducted April 18-20, Robredo jumped 7 percentage points to take the lead from Marcos. 

The results of the surveys have all been released first on BusinessWorld.

Coming in third is Senator Francis Escudero with 15%, followed by Senators Alan Peter Cayetano (13%), Gregorio Honasan II (3%), and Antonio Trillanes IV (3%).

In the presidential race, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte remained in the lead wth a 33-percent preference rating.

BusinessWorld, quoting political analyst and University of Santo Tomas professor Edmund Tayao, said that the next vice president could win by a "hairline," based on the survey results.

In the same survey, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte keeps his lead in the race for the presidency, despite the issue of hidden wealth levied by Trillanes against him.

Meanwhile, Senate President Franklin Drilon is the top choice of voters for the Senate, leading the so-called "magic 12" in the SWS survey results.

Other bets in the winners' circle include Senators Vicente Sotto III and Francis Pangilinan; Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao; former Akbayan representative Risa Hontiveros; former senator Panfilo Lacson Sr; Senator Sergio Osmeña III; Joel Villanueva; Richard Gordon; Senator Ralph Recto; former senator Juan Miguel Zubiri; and former justice secretary Leila de Lima.

The survey comes just days before more than 54 million Filipinos are set to troop to polling precincts nationwide to vote on Monday, May 9. 

The survey's error margin is at +/- 1%. – Rappler.com