Loren, Team PNoy continue to dominate Senate race - Pulse Asia survey

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MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Loren Legarda has held on to top spot in the Senate race as candidates of the administration’s Team PNoy continued to dominate the so-called “Magic 12,” results of the latest Pulse Asia survey, released on Tuesday, showed.

The results of the non-commissioned poll, conducted March 16-20, showed Legarda taking 55.3 percent for first to second places, followed by Senator Francis Escudero with 51.5 percent for first to third places, and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano with 48.7 percent for second to third places had the elections been held during the survey period.

The three, all seeking reelection under Team PNoy, have consistently held the Top 3 spots in several surveys.

The survey also showed Team PNoy with nine candidates in the Magic 12 to the United Nationalist Alliance’s six.

Two Team PNoy bets, Grace Poe (42.7 percent) and Senator Aquilino Pimentel III (41.7 percent) shared the 4th-10th place spot, while Las Piñas Representative Cynthia Villar, also running with the administration, shared 4th-11th places with Nancy Binay, who had the best showing of UNA’s candidates.

Team PNoy’s Bam Aquino (38.6 percent), UNA’s JV Ejercito-Estrada (38.6 percent) and Team Pnoy’s Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (37.7 percent) shared 4th-12th places. Senator Gregorio Honasan (36.8 percent) of UNA took 6rth-14rth places followed by Aurora Representative Juan Edgardo Angara of Team PNoy (34.6 percent) in 8th-15th places.

Rounding the list of probable winners are three UNA candidates: former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri (32.5%) and Cagayan Representative Juan Ponce Enrile Jr. (32.4%) in in 11th-16th places; and former Senator Richard Gordon (30.7%) in 12th-17th places.

Pulse Asia said the survey results showed that the santorial preferences of voters had remained “generally constant” since February with “the only significant movement … the decline in the level of support for the senatorial bid of San Juan City Representative Ejercito (-5.2 percentage points).”

It also showed 7.7 percent of registered voters “are not inclined to vote for any of the 33 candidates” for the Senate.

Pulse Asia said that, with little over a month left before the elections, the survey showed voters having eight to nine choices, with only nearly four in 10 choosing a complete slate of 12 candidates.

The survey involved 1,800 registered voters 18-years old and older and had a ± 2 percent error margin at the 95 percent confidence level.