Roxas overtakes Poe and Binay to grab 2nd spot, Robredo now top VP in latest Pulse Asia survey

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(File photo) Liberal Party's Manuel "Mar" Roxas II and Leni Robredo

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – For the first time, Liberal Party’s vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo leads a pre-election survey by Pulse Asia.

The administration’s standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II also overtook two other presidential aspirants to secure the second spot in the latest Pulse Asia poll held less than two weeks before the May 9 polls.

Three in 10 or 30 percent of respondents in the nationwide survey said they would vote for Robredo as vice president, putting her in first place ahead of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who got 28 percent.

The survey commissioned by the ABS-CBN, polled 4,000 respondents nationwide from April 26 to 29. The results were made public late Wednesday.

With a ± 1.5 percent margin of error and 95 percent confidence level, Robredo and Marcos are tied in the lead in the vice presidential race.

Meanwhile, Roxas garnered 22 percent, behind frontrunner PDP-Laban standard bearer Rodrigo Duterte, who held on to his lead with 33 percent.

Roxas overtook Sen. Grace Poe, who got 21 percent, but the two are statistically tied in second place.

Respondents were asked: “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 for as PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES?]

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Duterte maintains wide lead

Duterte maintained his wide lead over rivals with 11 percentage points more than second-placer, Roxas.

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Roxas is statistically tied with independent candidate Sen. Grace Poe, who got 21 percent.

Vice President Jejomar Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) is in third place with 17 percent. He statistically tied for the second spot with Poe and Roxas in the previous Pulse Asia survey (April 19 to 24).

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago of the People’s Reform Party (PRP) trailed far behind with only 2 percent.

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Robredo leads VP race for the first time

Previous Pulse Asia surveys resulted indicated a win for either Marcos or Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero.

But after rising four points from the previous survey (April 19 to 24), Robredo has become the top vice presidential choice. Marcos dropped 3 percentage points.

Escudero, the frontrunner in earlier surveys, now ranked third with 18 percent. He is statistically tied with Duterte’s running mate, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, who got 15 percent.

Senators Gringo Honasan and Antonio Trillanes IV are at the tail end with only 3 percent and 2 percent, respectively.

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Drilon top senatorial bet

Re-electionist Senate President Franklin “Frank” Drilon of LP led the list of probable winners in the 2016 senatorial race with 47.8 percent.

Twelve other aspirants have a statistical chance of winning: Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), former senators Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, Juan Miguel Zubiri and Panfilo "Ping" Lacson, Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao, former Akbayan Party List Rep. Risa Hontiveros, former Technical Education and Skills Development Administration (TESDA) Director General Emmanuel Villanueva, Sen. Sergio R. Osmeña III, former Sen. Richard Gordon, former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Sen. Ralph Recto, and Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin T. Gatchalian.

Out of the 50 individuals seeking a seat at the Senate, only 12 will be elected. At least three in 10 or 33 percent of the survey respondents have already decided on their complete slate of 12 senatorial candidates, according to Pulse Asia.

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