Duterte, Marcos remain top picks in latest Pulse Asia survey

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

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos sustained their respective leads as presidential and vice-presidential candidates in the latest Pulse Asia pre-electoral national survey conducted from April 12 to 17.

More than a third (34 percent) of respondents in the ABS-CBN-commissioned survey supported Duterte for president. This is a slight rise from his 32 percent in the previous survey.

Although the poll has + 1.5 percent error margin and confidence level of 95 percent, Duterte's figure is wide enough for him to take a sole lead.

He has a double digit gap over the next three candidates: independent Grace Poe (22 percent,) the United Nationalist Alliance's Jejomar Binay (19 percent), and the Liberal Party's Manuel "Mar" Roxas (18 percent), Miriam Defensor Santiago (2 percent). About 5% of voters did not express support for any candidate.

In face-to-face interviews, respondents were asked: "Kung any darating na eleksyon sa Mayo 2016 ay gaganapin ngayon, sino po any inyong iboboto bilang PRESIDENTE NG PILIPINAS?"

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

The survey was conducted at the time Duterte made his controversial rape slur, but before he made remarks daring Australia and U.S. to cut ties with the Philippines if he is elected president.

On Saturday (April 23), Duterte clarified that his statement on cutting ties with Australia and U.S. was only hypothetical.

Marcos tops VP bets

In the same survey, Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. topped the list of vice presidential candidates, with support from more than a quarter (29 percent) of respondents — up by two points from the previous survey.

His lead is larger than the survey's + 1.5 percent error margin. Marcos has a sole lead over other VP bets: Camarines Sur Rep. Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo (23 percent), and Sens. Francis "Chiz" Escudero (20 percent), Alan Peter Cayetano (16 percent), Gringo Honasan (4 percent), and Antonio Trillanes IV (3%). About 5 percent of voters did not express their support for any candidate.

Respondents were asked: "Kung any darating na eleksyon sa Mayo 2016 ay gaganapin ngayon, sino po any inyong iboboto bilang BISE-PRESIDENTE NG PILIPINAS?"

[Translation: "If the coming May 2016 elections were held today, whom would you vote for as VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES?"]

According to Pulse Asia, the poll surveyed 4,000 registered voters aged 18 years old and above around the country.

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