Sotto back on top as most preferred senatorial bet—Pulse Asia
Reelectionist Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III has regained his lead as being the top pick of respondents for senator, the results of the latest Pulse Asia survey showed.
Commissioned by ABS-CBN, the March 8 to 13 survey results showed Sotto (51.4 percent) sharing the top spot with Senate President Franklin Drilon (49.4 percent). They placed in the 1st-2nd range.
Former Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Secretary Francis Pangilinan (45.7 percent), who led the March 1 to 6 survey, has slipped to the 3rd-4th places with former Senator Panfilo Lacson (44.9 percent). Former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri got 37.4 percent, placing him in the 5th-7th range.
Sharing the 5th-11th range are incumbent Senator Sergio Osmena III (35.3 percent) and former Akbayan party-list representative and Philhealth director Risa Hontiveros (34.9 percent). Senator Ralph Recto (34.2 percent) and former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima (33.3 percent) were in 6th-11th places.
In the 6th-12th places are former Senator Richard Gordon (32.7 percent) and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao (32.6 percent).
Those who have a “statistical chance” of making it in the “magic circle of 12” are Valenzuela Representative Sherwin Gatchalian (29.8 percent) and former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) chief Joel Villanueva (29.8 percent).
Pulse Asia noted that less than two months before the May 9 polls, only 1 in 3 Filipinos has a complete slate for the senate elections.
Also, Filipinos identified a mean of seven and a median of eight of their preferred candidates in the Senate.
The survey has 4,000 respondents with biometric data and has a ± 1.5 percent margin of error at the 95 percent confidence level. JE