Duterte, Marcos maintain sole leads in latest Pulse Asia survey

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Rodrigo Duterte (L) and Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. (R)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – With just a month before the May 9 polls, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte maintained his lead over the other presidential aspirants in the latest Pulse Asia pre-election survey.

Three in 10 Filipinos or 32 percent of the respondents in the nationwide survey said they want the PDP-Laban standard bearer as president.

The survey was conducted from April 5 to 10, more than a week before Duterte’s controversial rape comments about an Australian missionary who was kidnapped and raped in Davao City. The tough-talking mayor already issued an apology on Tuesday (April 19).

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Duterte also led the previous survey conducted from March 29 to April 3 in which he enjoyed 30 percent of the respondents’ votes, overtaking Poe who had only 25 percent.

In the latest Pulse Asia survey, independent candidate Sen. Grace Poe secured the second spot, still with 25 percent.

Vice President Jejomar Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) and Liberal Party (LP) bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas II were statistically tied for third with 20 and 18 percent, respectively.

Still trailing far behind is Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago after garnering only one percent of the votes.

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A total of 4,000 registered voters were interviewed for the poll commissioned by ABS-CBN, which has a ± 1.5% error margin with a 95-percent confidence level.

Respondents were asked the question, “Kung ang darating na eleksyon sa Mayo 2016 ay gaganapin ngayon, sino po ang inyong iboboto bilang PRESIDENTE NG PILIPINAS?

[Translation: If the May 2016 elections were held today, who would you vote as PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES?]

Presidentialcandidates_CNNPH.png 2016 Presidential candidates: (L-R) Sen. Grace Poe, Davao Mayor Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte, Vice President Jejomar Binay, Manuel "Mar" Roxas II, and Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago.  

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Marcos still top VP

Despite his running mate placing last in pre-election surveys, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. sustained his lead over the other vice presidential candidates as he enjoyed 27 percent of the respondents’ votes.

Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, who formerly took the solo lead in earlier surveys, is now statistically tied with LP’s Leni Robredo. They gained 23 and 21 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Duterte’s running mate, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, earned 17 percent of the votes.

In the last spots are Sen. Gringo Honasan and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, who garnered only four percent and three percent of the votes, respectively.

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For the vice presidential survey, respondents were asked 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?.”]

The last day of the survey period (April 10), was when the candidates faced each other for the official vice presidential debate organized by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), KBP, CNN Philippines and Business Mirror.

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