Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. remains the strongest vice presidential candidate less than three weeks before the May 9 elections, maintaining solo lead in the latest Pulse Asia survey with 27 percent.
His closest rival, Sen. Francis Escudero, got 24 percent while Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo of the Liberal Party obtained 21 percent.
Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano scored 17 percent while Sen. Gregorio Honasan 2nd of the United Nationalist Alliance and Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th got four percent and three percent, respectively.
The survey, conducted from April 5 to 10, interviewed 4,000 registered voters nationwide.
Marcos was the top pick in Metro Manila (40 percent) and the rest of Luzon (35 percent).
Robredo took the Visayas (35 percent), while Cayetano led in Mindanao with 3 percent.
As to socio-economic classes, Marcos was popular among Class ABC voters (43 percent) and Class D (28 percent). In Class E, the top four candidates posted similar percentages.
The survey had a plus-minus 1.5 percent error margin at 95 percent confidence in the national level.
Marcos said the survey result “is a validation that the Filipino people want to hear platforms and programs rather than mudslinging.”
“Our message of unity is being accepted and the survey results will continue to inspire us to work doubly hard in the remaining days of the campaign,” he added.
The senator also clinched the top spot in the Social Weather Stations survey held from March 30 to April 2 with 26 percent.
In that survey, Escudero and Robredo tied for the second place.
Marcos also led the survey held by Philcoman Research Institute Inc. (PCMRII) form March 31 to April 15.
He got a rating of 33 percent while Escudero trailed at 26 percent. Sen. Gregorio Honasan got 17 percent, Robredo, 13 percent, Cayetano, nine percent, and Trillanes, four percent.
The pollster said Marcos, like in the previous survey, was not affected by martial law and human rights issues thrown against him by some groups.
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