Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. took the solo lead in the latest Pulse Asia vice presidential survey that also showed Liberal Party bet Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo gaining ground.
Marcos posted a three-percentage-point increase from the previous survey, making him claim the solo lead in the vice presidential race with 28%. Robredo, who started the campaign season at the bottom of the pack, posted a one-percentage-point increase from the previous survey results and is now at 22%.
Senator Francis Escudero had a four-point drop in his numbers and is now at 21 percentage points, making him statistically-tied with Robredo.
Senator Allan Peter Cayetano, who had an exchange of words with Marcos in the televised Vice Presidential debate, is still in the third place with 15%. Senators Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan II and Antonio Trillanes IV posted five percent and four percent respectively. A total of 5% of the respondents said they did not know, are undecided, or refuse to answer the survey question: If the coming May 2016 elections were held today, whom would you vote for as VICE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES?
The latest nationwide survey, which was conducted from March 30 to April 3, 2016 with 4,000 respondents, came days earlier before the televised PiliPinas Vice Presidential Debate 2016. Some of the issues at the time of the survey were the start of the campaign season for local candidates in the May elections, the bloody Kidapawan incident, the power outage at the Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the hacking of the Comelec website, and the filing of graft charges against Senator Joseph Vic “JV” Ejercito in Sandiganbayan.
The survey showed Marcos leading in the National Capital Region with 47 percent and the Balance Luzon with 34 percent. Robredo, who is the running mate of Liberal Party bet Mar Roxas, claimed the top spot in Visayas with 36 percent. Cayetano, who is the running mate of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, was the most preferred Vice Presidential candidate in Mindanao with 30%.
Under economic groupings, Marcos had the backing of 39% in Class ABC and 29% in Class D. Robredo got the biggest support in Class E with 26%
The survey used face-to-face interviews and had a margin of error of plus or minus 1.5 percentage points.