Senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. shared the top spot in the latest Pulse Asia survey released on Friday (April 1).
The survey, which covers the period from March 15-20, showed that 25 percent of the 4000 respondents chose either Escudero or Marcos as their Vice Presidential bet.
Camarines Sur Representative and Administration bet Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo was preferred by 21 percent of the respondents, while Senator Alan Peter Cayetano was in third place with 14 percent.
Senator Gregorio Honasan only got five percent, and Senator Antonio Trillanes was in the last place with 4 percent.
The nationwide survey had a margin of error of plus-or-minus 1.5 percentage points.
In terms of geographical areas, Marcos was the top preference in the National Capital Region with 41 percent and Luzon with 32 percent. Robredo who has steadily gained in the surveys and is the running-mate of Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas, was the top preference in Visayas with 34 percent, and Cayetano who is the running mate of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte led in Mindanao with 28 percent.
Broken down into economic classes, Marcos was the top preference of those belonging to Classes ABC (35 percent) and D (27 percent), while Escudero was the top choice of those from Claas E with 25 percent. The shift can be noted from the previous Pulse Asia survey, conducted from March 1 -6, where Escudero took Classes D and E and was the leading candidate in the rest of Luzon outside NCR.
The media organization ABS-CBN commissioned the pre-election survey, which made use of face-to-face interviews with registered voters 18 years old and above and with biometrics.