Current, former lawmakers led by Sen. Poe make up survey's 2019 senatorial line-up

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Sen. Grace Poe

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 9) — Incumbent and former lawmakers led by Senator Grace Poe still topped the list of possible contenders in the 2019 midterm Senatorial elections, with presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio rising higher within the "magic 12," a survey released Monday found.

The Pulse Asia survey conducted last month showed 11 of the top 13 names have experience in the Senate, with seven of them running as reelectionists. The only two names on the survey's "Magic 12" who are not lawmakers are Duterte-Carpio and Bureau of Corrections Chief Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa.

An overwhelming 67 percent said they will vote for Poe.

Meanwhile, 46.2 percent — from the 43.8 percent in March — said they will vote for Duterte-Carpio, Davao's mayor and eldest child of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Thirty-seven percent of the survey respondents will vote for Bureau of Corrections head Chief Ronald dela Rosa. In Pulse Asia's March survey, he received 33.1 percent.

Most of the probable winners are either incumbent or former members of the Senate — similar to the March survey results released in April.

Eleven months before the elections, 55 percent of the 1,800 registered voters surveyed said they have a complete slate for the 2019 midterm senatorial elections.

Below are the personalities who topped the survey, which was conducted from June 15 to 21:

1. Senator Grace Poe (67.4 percent of 1,800 respondents will vote for her)

2. Taguig City Congresswoman Pia Cayetano (55.7 percent)

3-4. Senator Cynthia Villar (50.1 percent)

3-5. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio (46.2 percent)

4-8. Senator Edgardo "Sonny" Angara Jr. (41.9 percent)

5-12. Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada (37.9 percent)

5-12. BuCor Chief Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa (37.7 percent)

5-12. Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III (37.7 percent)

6-12. Senator Nancy Binay (37.1 percent)

6-13. Former Senator Sergio "Serge" Osmeña (36.6 percent)

6-13. Former Senator Lito Lapid (36.2 percent)

6-13. Senator JV Ejercito (35.6 percent)

10-16. Senator Bam Aquino (32.1 percent)

Pulse Asia said the top 13 names would have a "statistical chance of winning" if the elections were held during the survey period.

Other names on the list are Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos (29.9 percent), actor Robin Padilla (28.2 percent), Special Assistant to the President Bong Go (9.9 percent), and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (7.9 percent).

The survey has an error margin of ±2% at 95 percent confidence level.