Chiz, Bongbong statistically tied in VP race; Robredo closes in: SWS


MANILA - Senators Francis "Chiz" Escudero and Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. were statistically tied for the top spot in the vice-presidential race, but Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo is closing in, according to the latest pre-election survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

In the March 4-7 BusinessWorld-SWS survey, 28% of the respondents picked Escudero, up by two points from the 26% he got from the Feb. 5-7 SWS survey.

Marcos, on the other hand, retained the 26% he got from the previous survey.

The survey's error margin of ± 2 percentage points means that the two senators were statistically tied.

Robredo, meanwhile, closed in with a five-point jump to 24%. Her running mate, Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas, also enjoyed a significant improvement in the presidential pre-election survey.

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Following the three is Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, who saw his survey number slide by five percentage points to 11%.

Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan share the bottom spot, with 6% and 5%, respectively.

The SWS survey, commissioned by BusinessWorld, was done using face-to-face interviews with 1,800 validated voters.

The survey was conducted after the first presidential debate held in Cagayan de Oro City on February 21, and until before the Supreme Court allowed Senator Grace Poe to run for president.