Escudero slips, now statistically tied with Marcos in new Pulse Asia survey

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If the May 9 vice presidential polls were conducted in February, either Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero or Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. would win as vice president, the latest Pulse Asia survey showed.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – Senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. are now statistically tied for the top spot in the latest vice presidential survey conducted by Pulse Asia on February 15-20.

In the previous survey conducted in January, Escudero enjoyed a 10-percentage-point advantage over Marcos after gaining 33 percent of the respondents’ votes.

But the February survey showed Escudero slipping four percentage points and Marcos climbing three percentage points, thus closing in with 29 and 26 percent of the votes respectively.

The two independent candidates are statistically tied since the national survey has a margin of error of ±2 percent, with a 95 percent confidence level.

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The survey asked 1,800 registered voters, “Sa mga taong nasa listahang ito, sino ang inyong iboboto bilang BISE-PRESIDENTE NG PILIPINAS kung ang eleksyon ng 2016 ay gaganapin ngayon at sila ay mga kandidato? Pumili po ng isang pangalan lamang.”

[Translation: “Among the people in this list, who will you vote for Vice President of the Philippines if the 2016 elections were to be held today and they are the candidates. Choose only one name.”]

Following Escudero and Marcos were Liberal Party’s Leni Robredo with 19 percent of the votes, independent candidates Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano with 12 percent and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV with six percent, and United Nationalist Alliance (UNA)’s Sen. Gringo Honasan with four percent.

Marcos top VP of richest income class ABC

Across regions, Escudero and Marcos also shared the lead in Metro Manila (with 35 and 34 percent of the votes, respectively) and the rest of Luzon (31 and 32 percent).

They are also statistically tied among voters from income class D with Escudero gaining 30 percent and Marcos, 26.

Escudero also topped survey results in the Visayas, this time statistically tied with Robredo (29 and 28 percent respectively).

People from Mindanao are inclined to vote for either Escudero (22 percent), Cayetano (22 percent), Marcos (19 percent) or Robredo (16 percent).

Meanwhile, Marcos enjoyed the lead in the richest class ABC, as 44 percent of voters wanted him for vice president. Escudero is the choice of the poorest class E, with 32 percent of them voting for him.

CNN Philippines, in partnership with Business Mirror, will host the vice presidential debate of the Commission on Elections' Pili Pinas 2016 debate series on April 10 in Metro Manila.