Marcos, Escudero lead latest Pulse Asia survey held in 30th EDSA anniversary week

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Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos maintained neck-and-neck battle with fellow independent candidate Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero in the latest Pulse Asia survey conducted in the week of the 30th anniversary of the EDSA Revolution. This, despite negative campaigns thrown against Marcos during the survey period.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. topped the latest Pulse Asia vice presidential survey conducted in the week of the 30th anniversary of the People Power Revolution, the historic event that toppled his father’s dictatorship.

If the 2016 elections were held from February 16 to 27, 26 percent of respondents in the national survey would have voted for Marcos.

Marcos tied with fellow independent candidate Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, who has been neck-and-neck with him in recent pre-election surveys.

Related: Escudero slips, now statistically tied with Marcos in new Pulse Asia survey

Liberal Party’s Leni Robredo ranked third after gaining 18 percent of votes. She is followed by independent candidate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano with 13 percent.

United Nationalist Alliance (UNA)’s Sen. Gringo Honasan and independent candidate Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV are statistically tied in the last spot, with 6 percent and 5 percent of votes, respectively.

A large sample of 5,200 registered voters with biometrics was interviewed for the survey which boasts of a margin of error of ± 1.4 percent with a 95 percent confidence level.

In the ABSCBN-commissioned survey, the voters were asked to respond to the question “Kung ang darating na eleksyon sa Mayo 2016 ay gaganapin ngayon, sino po ang inyong iboboto bilang BISE-PRESIDENTE NG PILIPINAS?.”

[Translation: “If the May 2016 elections were held today, who would you vote for as VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES?.”]

Among presidential candidates, Sen. Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay were still statistically tied with 26 and 24 percent of votes respectively.

Also read: Poe, Binay statistically tied for first in new Pulse Asia survey

Closely behind them is Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte, with 22 percent and administration standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II with 19 percent.

Marcos’ running mate, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago lagged far behind with only 3 percent of the respondents’ votes.

Related: What is your presidential candidate's platform of government?

Marcos top VP for Metro Manila, Luzon

Marcos pulled slightly ahead of Escudero in some survey results across geographical areas and income classes. 

Across regions, Marcos led survey results in Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon with 34 percent and 33 percent, respectively. Escudero gained 29 percent in both regions.

Marcos is also the vice presidential bet of 31 percent of respondents in class A, B, and C, and 28 percent in class D. Escudero earned 28 and 26 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Robredo won the votes of Visayan respondents with 30 percent, while Cayetano led survey results in Mindanao, the known bailiwick of running mate Duterte.

Escudero gained the highest 26 percent of votes in the poorest class E.

Marcos popular despite negative campaigns

Marcos’ win in the Pulse Asia survey came despite the Martial Law victims campaigning against him, including Former Vice President Teofisto Guingona, Jr. and former Sen. Aquilino "Nene"  Pimentel.

Also read: Sociologist explains: Despite father's dictatorship, why are Marcoses still popular?

Also within the the survey period, a coalition of student leaders from various universities in Cebu called on the public to not vote for Marcos.

Bongbong_Marcos_UPalumni_CNNPH.png Martial law victims have started a campaign against Sen. Bongbong Marcos' vice-presidential bid.  

President Benigno Aquino III himself took shots at Marcos during the commemoration program of the 30th EDSA Revolution on February 25.

He said while his father’s sin should not be blamed on him, Marcos and his family have continued to deny abuses committed by the dictator during his two-decade term. 

Related: Pres. Aquino: Marcos regime was not a 'golden age' in our history

CNN Philippines, in partnership with Business Mirror, will host the vice presidential debate of the Commission on Elections' Pili Pinas 2016 debate series on April 10 in Metro Manila.