Familiar names, old-timer dominate poll
MANILA – Both incumbent and former members of Congress are top picks in the 2016 Senate race, with Senator Vicente Sotto III, former Senator Panfilo Lacson, and Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. topping the latest Pulse Asia survey.
The September 8-14 Pulse Asia survey said 63.6% would vote for Sotto if the May 2016 elections were held during the survey period, 59.3% for Lacson, and 54.9% for Marcos.
Completing the list of probable winners are:
- Senate President Franklin M. Drilon: 48.2% (4th to 6th places)
- Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Francis N. Pangilinan: 46.6% (4th to 6th places)
- Senator Ralph G. Recto: 45.4% (4th to 6th places)
- Former Senator Juan Miguel F. Zubiri: 41.4%, (7th to 9th places)
- Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao: 39.6% (7th to 11th places)
- Senator Sergio R. Osmeña III: 38.7% (7th to 13th places)
- Former Senator Richard Gordon: 36.8% (8th to 14th places)
- Las Piñas City Representative Mark Villar: 35.8% (8th to 14th places)
- Former Senator Jamby Madrigal: 35.2% (9th to 14th places)
- Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila M. de Lima: 35.2% (9th to 14th places)
- Taguig City Representative Lino Edgardo S. Cayetano: 34.2%, (10th to 15th places)
Risa Hontiveros: 31.3%, (14th-16th)
Senator Teofisto "TG" Guingona III: 28.8%, (15th-17th)
De Lima has yet to declare that she will run for senator in 2016, even as she continues to fare well in the recent surveys. In the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, she ranked 7th.
The same SWS survey also showed Senate and House of Representatives old-timers landing in the top 12.
Pacquiao, who is reportedly being wooed by different political parties, ranked 9th in the SWS survey.