Davao City Mayor and aspiring president Rogrigo Duterte maintains his lead in the latest ABS-CBN Pulse Asia survey on presidential candidates.
Mayor Duterte notched a rating of 34% which is 2% higher than the last Pulse Asia survey, according to the commissioned nationwide survey conducted from April 12 to April 17 with 4,000 registered voters as respondents. The mayor’s rating is 4% higher compared to the last Pulse Asia survey conducted from March 29 to April 3.
Senator Grace Poe landed at second having 22%.
At third are Vice President Jejomar Binay with 19% and Liberal Party and administration standard bearer Mar Roxas has an unchanged 18%. Both are statistically tied.
Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago is at 2%.
The respondents were tested: ‘Kung ang darating na eleksyon sa Mayo 2016 ay gaganapin ngayon, sino ang inyong iboboto bilang PRESIDENTE NG PILIPINAS?’ (If the coming May 2016 elections were held today, whom would you vote for as President of the Philippines?)
The latest Pulse Asia survey did not cover the controversial ‘rape joke’ of Duterte.
Meanwhile, Senator Bongbong Marcos was able to maintain his lead among the Vice Presidentiables. Marcos got 29%, followed by Congresswoman Leni Robredo at 23%, Senator Fracis Escudero, 20%, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, 16%. Senator Gringo Honasan got 4%, and last among the candidates is Senator Antonio Trillanes IV at 3%.
Pulse Asia said the survey had a ± 1.5% error margin at the 95% confidence level.
It added that subnational estimates for the geographic areas covered in the survey have following error margins at 95 percent confidence level:
± 4.6% for Metro Manila,
± 2.3% for the rest of Luzon,
± 3.4% for Visayas, and
± 3.3 for Mindanao
The results also indicated that 4% of voters are still undecided on who to vote as president with only just a month before the May 9 election.
According to Pulse Asia's Research Chief Ana Tabunda, a 15% margin in the survey means a sure win for that candidate.
“Siguro kung 15 points ahead na tapos dalawang araw na lang eleksyon na o isang linggo na lang, medyo mahirap na yun habulin,” Tabunda said. (If the candidate is 15 points ahead and there are only 2 days or 1 week remaining, that will be hard to surpass.)
She said Pulse Asia might conduct three (3) more surveys before the election. The last one (1) will be released one week before May 9.