Escudero, Legarda share top spot in Pulse survey

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Posted at Dec 11 2012 10:45 AM | Updated as of Dec 12 2012 02:14 AM

Senators Francis Escudero and Loren Legarda

Only 4 in 10 Pinoys have complete slate

Administration, UNA share 50-50 of available slots

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Two of the common candidates of the two major coalitions in the upcoming polls are sharing the top spot in the latest survey done by Pulse Asia.

Re-electionist senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Loren Legarda, both being pushed by the administration coalition and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), are neck and neck in the first and second spots based on the November 23 to 29 survey.

Escudero actually got 74.1% of the 1,200 surveyed, while Legarda – who held the top spot alone in the previous surveys – got 69.3%. The survey, however, has a ± 3% error margin at the 95% confidence level.

Both the major coalitions claimed five apiece for the last ten spots. 

In 3rd to 4th places is Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, an administration bet, who got 60.1%. San Juan City Rep. JV Ejercito Estrada, from UNA, garnered 57% that translates to a statistical ranking of 3rd to 6th.

The 4th to 7th places are also shared by both coalitions: Cagayan Rep. Juan Ponce Enrile Jr. (UNA) clinched 53.2% and former Las Piñas Representative Cynthia Villar (administration) got 52.2%.

Senator Aquilino Pimentel IV, on the other hand, has an overall voter preference of 50.2% that translates to a statistical ranking of 5th to 8th places. Now a candidate for the administration, Pimentel separated from UNA due to internal issues.

Senator Gringo Honasan (UNA), meanwhile, got 44.9% that translates to a statistical ranking of 7th to 12th. 

Two each from the coalitions share the 8th to 12th places of probable winners: Senator Antonio Trillanes IV with 43.2% (administration), Nancy Binay with 41.3% (UNA), Aurora Province Representative Edgardo Angara with 40.8% (administration) and former Senator Migz Zubiri with 40.5% (UNA).

Meanwhile, Pulse Asia said: “With about a half a year before the next midterm elections, Filipinos are already naming nine preferred senatorial bets on average.”

Still, only four in ten Filipinos – or 39% - already have 12 candidates in mind for the 2013 polls.