MANILA - If senatorial elections were held second week of September, two familiar faces would easily top the polls while a newcomer, Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos, would make it to the top 12.
The latest Pulse Asia survey conducted September 8-15, 2014 showed Sen. Vicente "Tito" Sotto III getting 51.6% support from the voting public followed by ex-Senator and now Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan with 51.5%.
Former Senator and now Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas placed third in the survey with 47.6% of the vote.
Re-electionist Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jnr placed fourth in the survey with 47.2%, followed by former Senator Panfilo Lacson with 47.1%.
Another former senator, Richard Gordon, placed sixth in the survey with 45.9%.
Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos, wife of Sen. Ralph Recto, placed seventh in the survey with 44.5%. She got even higher votes than her husband who got 44.1%, for 8th place.
Four former and current senators made it to the top 12 including Franklin Drilon (42.6%), Migz Zubiri (41.5%), Jamby Madrigal (35.9%) and Sergio Osmena III (35.4%).
Three other names made it to the top 15: Justice Secretary Leila de Lima (35.3%), Manny Pacquiao (31.3%) and Risa Hontiveros (30.7%).
The survey showed that one incumbent senator, Teofisto "TG" Guingona III, dropped out of the top 12. Guingona has only 23.5% voter support in the latest survey, below Lino Cayetano (27.7%) and Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno (24.5%).
A total of 1,200 representative adults 18 years old and above participated in the Pulse Asia survey. The survey has a ± 3% error margin at the 95% confidence level.
Subnational estimates for each of the geographic areas covered in the survey (i.e., Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao) have a ± 6% error margin, also at 95% confidence level.