MANILA, Philippines – Five political personalities would gather about the same percentages of votes for presidency if the May 2010 elections were held today, pollster Pulse Asia announced today, adding that this indicates a tight presidential race.
In a press statement released today, Pulse Asia’s latest survey named the top five as Vice President Noli de Castro (18 percent), Senator Francis Escudero (17 percent), former President Joseph Estrada (15 percent), Senator Manuel Villar Jr. (14 percent) and Senator Manuel Roxas II (13 percent).
“Despite continued talks about a no-election scenario and uncertainties regarding the automation of the May 2010 elections, the level of public interest in the elections remains high with practically all Filipinos having favored presidential, vice-presidential, and senatorial candidates for May 2010. With about a year to go before the May 2010 elections, Filipinos are still divided when it comes to their choice of their next president,” Pulse Asia said.
In Metro Manila and the best-off Class ABC, Escudero (26 percent) is the top presidential bet. In Mindanao, Estrada (27 percent) and De Castro (21 percent) have almost the same voter preferences.
In the Visayas, the favored presidentiables are Roxas (22 percent), Villar (20 percent), De Castro (18 percent) and Escudero (15 percent), while class E favors De Castro (25 percent), Estrada (19 percent), Escudero (15 percent) and Villar (13 percent).
The latest Pulse Asia nationwide survey, fielded from May 4-17, 2009, is based on a sample of 1,200 representative adults 18 years old and above. It has a ± 3 percent error margin at the 95 percent confidence level.