INCUMBENT and returning senators dominated the pre-election survey conducted by Pulse Asia last month with Vicente Sotto 3rd and Panfilo Lacson leading the list.
Sotto scored 72.6 percent while Lacson got 65.3 percent. They were followed by Senator Ralph Recto, who got 62.9 percent.
Former Sen. Francis Pangilinan ranked fourth with 58 percent, trailed closely by Senate President Franklin Drilon with 57.5 percent. They were followed by former Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, 57.5 percent, and Senator Sergio Osmeña 3rd, 52.1 percent.
Also making it to the so-called “magic 12” were Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao (50.2 percent); former senator and Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman Richard Gordon (49.7 percent); Sen. Teofisto “TG” Guingona 3rd (44.8 percent) former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima (37.9 percent) and former Akbayan party-list Rep. Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel (36.5 percent).
The survey, commissioned by ABS-CBN, was conducted among 1,200 respondents nationwide from November 8 to 15.
Pacquiao and De Lima are first time candidates for senator.
Other senatorial candidates who made it to the top 20 were Manila Vice Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso (30.4 percent); Edu Manzano (22.2 percent); Valenzuela Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian (22 percent); former Pampanga Gov. Mark Lapid (20.4 percent); former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) chief Joel Villanueva (19.7 percent); actress and Parañaque Councilor Alma Moreno (15.4 percent); and Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez (14.6 percent).