Presidential race still anybody's game: Pulse Asia exec


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Senator Grace Poe regained the lead in the latest voter preference survey, but the May 9, 2016 presidential race is still anybody's game, a Pulse Asia official said.

Speaking to radio dzMM Friday, Dr. Ana Maria Tabunda, chief research fellow of Pulse Asia, pointed out that Poe's numbers did not increase significantly even after she got a favorable ruling from the Supreme Court (SC).

"Ang isang learning natin nitong mga nakaraang linggo, yung inaasahan nating lahat, hindi lamang ng kampo ni Senator Grace, yung event ng [SC] decision na inaasahan nating makakapag-break ng tight race, hindi ho nangyari eh," Tabunda said.

"So, parang ang hirap po magsalita na pag nangyari itong susunod na debate eh siguradong may mangunguna, may mahuhuli, kasi nga ho yung isang event na hindi naman ho nag-materialize."

She said it also remains to be seen if administration standard- bearer Mar Roxas will be able to surpass the numbers of the three leading candidates.

She noted that while the numbers of Poe, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Jejomar Binay have been moving, support for Roxas has been consistent in the 19-20 percent range, which means that this is his solid base. 

"Hindi naman po imposible [na tumaas pa] eh. Sabihin na lang nating tama lahat ng gawin ni Secretary Mar tapos may isa siyang kalaban na may maling magawa... pwede ho kasi ngang mag-disperse yung voter preference. Hindi mo masabi eh," she explained.

"Kailangan talaga subaybayan until the very end and even close to the election day itself," she added.

Meanwhile, Tabunda pointed out that some of Senator Francis Escudero's supporters appear to have shifted to the side of either Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo or Senator Alan Peter Cayetano.

She noted that Escudero used to lead in pre-election surveys with a voter support of around 30 percent. But in recent polls, he has been sharing the top spot with Marcos and now only has a 25-percent voter support.

Radio dzMM, April 1, 2016