MANILA - Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, former PNP Chief Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa, and broadcaster Erwin Tulfo, along with some incumbent and former lawmakers will mostly likely win if the senatorial elections were held today, according to a Pulse Asia survey released Friday.
The survey that was conducted from March 23 to 28, 2018 using face-to-face interviews, asked 1,200 adult respondents to choose from a list of 58 names who they will vote for as senators.
The results of the survey are as follows:
1. Senator Grace Poe - 70.8 percent
2. Senator Cynthia Villar - 55.6 percent
3. Taguig City Rep. Pia Cayetano - 53.8 percent
4. Senator Nancy Binay - 45.8 percent
5. Senator Edgardo Angara, Jr. 44.9 percent
6. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio - 43.8 percent
7. Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III - 39.8 percent
8. former Senator Sergio Osmeña - 38.0 percent
9. Erwin Tulfo - 36.7 percent
10. former Senator Lito Lapid - 33.8 percent
11. former Philippine National Police Chief Ronald dela Rosa - 33.1 percent
12. former Senator Jinggoy Estrada - 32.8 percent
13. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos - 32.2 percent
14. Senator Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino - 30.5 percent
15. Senator JV Ejercito - 29.0 percent
Other names on Pulse Asia's survey that did not make it to the top 15 include television personalities Robin Padilla (26.2 percent), Ted Failon (25.6 percent), and Dingdong Dantes (16.8 percent).
Veteran politicians Herbert Bautista (26.2 percent), Mar Roxas (25.4 percent), Teofisto "TG" Guingona (17.5 percent), Rex Gatchalian (16.7 percent), Francis Tolentino (14.6 percent), Isko Moreno (13.9 percent), Karlo Nograles (10.6 percent), and Lucy Torres-Gomez (8.1 percent) ranked low on the list.
President Rodrigo Duterte's former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez got 14 percent, current Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque had 8.7 percent, while Communications Secretary Martin Andanar got 8.4 percent.
Special Assistant to the President Bong Go got 5.9 percent, while Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux "Mocha" Uson received 1.3 percent.
About 57 percent of respondent already know who they want to vote for in the 2019 midterm elections, while 0.5 percent are still undecided, Pulse Asia said in a statement.
About 4.5 percent of respondents said they will not vote for any of the 58 personalities whose names were included in the survey, Pulse Asia said.
The survey had a 3 percent margin error, Pulse Asia said in a statement.
Several personalities being mulled as possible senatorial bets by PDP-Laban were not included in the Pulse Asia survey including music icon Freddie Aguilar, journalist Jiggy Manicad, Maguindanao Rep. Zajid Mangudadatu, and several others.