Actor-turned lawmaker Lito Lapid rose to the third spot of the latest Pulse Asia senatorial survey while opposition candidate Mar Roxas dropped from the top 12.
In the nationwide poll released Tuesday, Senator Cynthia Villar also shared the top spot with fellow reelectionist Grace Poe. Villar is statistically tied with Poe, with 51.7 and 50.5 percent of votes, respectively.
The survey, which was conducted April 10 to 14, has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percent and a 95 percent confidence level. A total of 1,800 adults were interviewed. Respondents were asked to pick up to 12 personalities they would vote for if the elections were held during the survey period.
Lapid, who is seeking a Senate comeback, jumped to third spot, garnering 45.7 percent of the votes. He was at the fifth to eighth spot in the March survey. He is now statistically tied with Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano, who is also vying to reclaim a Senate seat.
Roxas, former Interior Secretary and Senator, is no longer in the list of probable winners, making Senator Bam Aquino the only candidate from the opposition slate Otso Diresto to make it to the top choices.
Administration candidates, including those from the ruling PDP-Laban party and those endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte, still dominated the list, as follows:
1-2 Cynthia Villar (Nacionalista Party) – 51.7 percent
1-2 Grace Poe (Independent) – 50.5 percent
3-4 Lito Lapid (Nationalist People’s Coalition) – 45.7 percent
3-6 Pia Cayetano (Nacionalista Party) – 43.9 percent
4-8 Bong Go (PDP-Laban) – 40.8 percent
4-9 Edgardo “Sonny” Angara (Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino) – 40.4 percent
5-9 Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. (Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats) – 38.1 percent
5-9 Bato dela Rosa (PDP-Laban) – 36.7 percent
6-9 Nancy Binay (United Nationalist Alliance) – 36.2 percent
10-14 Koko Pimentel (PDP-Laban) – 31.8 percent
10-14 Imee Marcos (Nacionalista Party) – 29.6 percent
10-14 Jinggoy Estrada (Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino) – 28.8 percent
10-14 Benigno ‘Bam” Aquino (Liberal Party) – 28.8 percent
10-16 JV Estrada Ejercito (Nationalist People’s Coalition) – 28.1 percent
Although not with PDP-Laban, Villar, Cayetano, Angara, Marcos, and Ejercito were formally endorsed by the President. This makes eight administration candidates in the list of 14 probable winners.
The private pollster also noted that only one in three or 35 percent of the respondents have a complete senatorial slate, with a month left before the May 13 midterm elections. Most of the respondents voted for only eight or nine bets.