Pulse Asia: Marcos keeps lead, but Robredo narrows gap

Leni Robredo and Bongbong Marcos. STORY: Pulse Asia: Marcos keeps lead, but Robredo narrows gap
MANILA, Philippines — Presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has retained a big lead in the latest survey conducted by Pulse Asia ahead of the May 9 elections, but the rating of Vice President Leni Robredo has picked up significantly across all regions and income classes covered by the opinion poll.
Voter preference for Marcos Jr., the son and namesake of the late dictator, dropped to 56 percent from 60 percent in the previous Pulse Asia surveys in January and February, while Robredo’s support jumped to 24 percent from 15 percent the month before.
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Pulse Asia’s Ulat ng Bayan face-to-face survey of 2,400 people was conducted between March 17 and 21, when official campaigning was underway. At least two presidential debates, both of which Marcos Jr. skipped, also took place during the period.
Marcos Jr. and Robredo were trailed by Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso (8 percent), Sen. Manny Pacquiao (6 percent) and Sen. Panfilo Lacson (2 percent). Other presidential candidates included in the poll were Faisal Mangondato (1 percent), former presidential spokesperson Ernie Abella (0.1 percent), cardiologist Jose Montemayor Jr. (0.05 percent), labor leader Leody de Guzman (0.02 percent), and Norberto Gonzales who got zero vote.

Marcos Jr.’s running mate, Sara Duterte, daughter of President Duterte, remained the top choice for vice president with 56-percent support, while Senate President Vicente Sotto III was second with 20 percent.
Between February and March, the rating of Marcos Jr. went down in all areas and socioeconomic classes, with the highest decrease recorded in Mindanao (to 62 percent from 68 percent) and among Class E respondents (to 52 percent from 58 percent).

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