Pulse Asia: Duterte’s bid seems unaffected by bank account issue; Robredo’s rise in latest survey ‘significant’

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PDP-Laban standard bearer Davao City Mayor Rodrigo and Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – The controversy surrounding Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte’s bank account seemed not to have affected the survey frontrunner’s bid for the presidency, pollster Pulse Asia said.

As a matter of fact, Duterte led the latest Pulse Asia survey taken April 26 to 29, the week he made headlines after independent vice presidential bet Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV accused him of failing to disclose at least P211 million in one of his bank accounts in his 2014 Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN).

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Hindi talaga ganun kabilis ang pagtanggap o pag-unawa doon sa mga ganyang alegasyon. Dahil doon hindi gaanong naapektuhan ang preference o maari mo ring sabihin na hindi naapektuhan talaga,” Pulse Asia President Ronald Holmes told CNN Philippines on Thursday (May 4), the same day the pre-election poll was released.

[Translation: “It’s really not that quick for people to accept or understand such allegations. Because of that, the voting preference (for Duterte) was not affected that much, or you can say it was not affected at all.”]

Holmes added the Pulse Asia survey by itself cannot determine the kind of reception the voting public has of news regarding accusations made against presidential candidates. 

Duterte also maintained his lead in Pulse Asia's April 19 to 24 survey, despite drawing flak for his controversial rape comment.

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Robredo’s rise ‘significant’

In the vice presidential race, the latest Pulse Asia survey showed Liberal Party’s Leni Robredo grabbing the lead from Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. after she gained 4 percentage points while Marcos lost 3 percentage points.

Roxas Robredo vp debate.jpeg Vice Presidential candidates Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo exchanged heated arguments during the vice presidential debate on April 10.

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Although statistically speaking, Robredo and Marcos are tied for first place considering the survey’s ± 1.5-percent error margin, Holmes said Robredo’s rise is “significant.”

That is significant, kasi it's beyond the – ang margin of error ng survey ay 1.5, doblehin mo, at lagpas siya sa tatlong puntos. So masasabi natin na sa pangunang pagkakataon ay significant ang paggalaw,” Holmes said.

[Translation: “Because it’s beyond the survey’s margin of error which is 1.5 percent. Double that and it is greater than three points. So we can say that for the first time, the change (in Robredo’s rating) is significant.”]

It was the first time Robredo was the top vice presidential choice in a Pulse Asia survey, and she is "very happy" about it.

"Maiinspire nito iyong maraming maraming volunteers sa amin. Kaya parang call to na kapag nanalo kami, sipagan," the Camarines Sur representative said in a news release.

[Translation: "This will inspire us and our large number of volunteers. So this is like a call to work even harder when we win."]

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Pulse Asia on INC vote

Less than two weeks before the May 9 polls, Holmes said candidates endorsed by the religious sect Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) could gain a significant number of votes since its members are known to practice bloc voting.


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Pero noong nakaraang halalan eh meron siyang ini-endoroso sa pambansang eleksiyon na hindi naman nakuha, hindi naman nanalo,” Holmes said.

[Translation: “But during the previous elections, INC endorsed a national candidate who did not win.”]

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Holmes said Pulse Asia might release another survey before, during or after the May 9 polls.