By Alexandria San Juan
Re-electionist Senator Grace Poe retains her lead in the senatorial race in the upcoming May 2019 elections followed by Senator Cynthia Villar on the second spot, the latest Pulse Asia Research survey released on Friday showed.
In the survey conducted from January 26 to 31 this year, Poe obtained an overall voter preference of 74.9%, keeping her as the top choice of Filipino voters in the midterm elections.
Poe, a former presidential bet and who is running as an independent candidate also topped the March 2018 and June 2018 Pulse Asia survey on the May 2019 senatorial elections.
Following Poe on second place is fellow re-electionist and administration-backed Senator Cynthia Villar with a voter preference of 60.5%.
Meanwhile, Taguig City Representative Pia Cayetano, with a 53.3% voter preference, and former Senator Lito Lapid with 53%, shared the 3rd to 6th spot after Villar.
Senators Nancy Binay (50.1%) and Juan Edgardo Angara (48.8%), both re-electionists, also entered the list and ranked 3rd to 7th and 3rd to 9th places, respectively.
Senatorial bets who entered the “Magic 12” are Senator Koko Pimentel (45.5%), former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go (44.7%), former Senator Jinggoy Estrada (44.3%), former Senator Mar Roxas (41.8%), Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos (41.2%), and former Senator Bong Revilla (40.2%).
The other probable winners in the May 2019 senatorial elections are Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV (38.5%) and former Senator Serge Osmeña (37.7%), who both shared 10th to 15th places, followed by former Philippine National Police chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa (36.9%) at 11th to 16th places.
Dominating the first 12 candidates on the 2019 senatorial race survey were bets under Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago party including Villar, Cayetano, Angara, Pimentel, Go, Estrada, Marcos, and Revilla.
While former presidential candidate Roxas was the lone opposition senatorial bet, running under the Liberal Party slate, who made it to the top 12 of the senatorial survey.
In the same survey, it was also found out that 3.4% of registered voters are still undecided on whom to vote for as senator, while 1.1% refused to identify their preferred senatorial bets, and 1.1% said they will not vote for any candidate.
The latest Pulso ng Bayan Pre-Electoral national survey of the Pulse Asia Research was conducted through face-to-face interviews among 1,800 likely voters and has a + 2.3% margin of error at the 95% confidence level.
Subnational estimates for the geographic areas covered in the survey have the following error margins at 95% confidence level: +6.5% for Metro Manila, +3.5% for the rest of Luzon, +5.3% for Visayas and +4.7% for Mindanao. #MatalinongBoto2019