By Eimor Santos | CNN Philippines
Sens. Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. are now statistically tied for the top spot in the latest vice presidential survey conducted by Pulse Asia on February 15-20.
In the previous survey conducted in January, Escudero enjoyed a 10-percentage-point advantage over Marcos after gaining 33 percent of the respondents’ votes.
But the February survey showed Escudero slipping four percentage points and Marcos climbing three percentage points, thus closing in with 29 and 26 percent of the votes respectively.
The two independent candidates are statistically tied since the national survey has a margin of error of ±2 percent, with a 95 percent confidence level.
The survey asked 1,800 registered voters, “Sa mga taong nasa listahang ito, sino ang inyong iboboto bilang BISE-PRESIDENTE NG PILIPINAS kung ang eleksyon ng 2016 ay gaganapin ngayon at sila ay mga kandidato? Pumili po ng isang pangalan lamang.”
[Translation: “Among the people in this list, who will you vote for Vice President of the Philippines if the 2016 elections were to be held today and they are the candidates. Choose only one name.”]
Following Escudero and Marcos were Liberal Party’s Leni Robredo with 19 percent of the votes, independent candidates Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano with 12 percent and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV with six percent, and United Nationalist Alliance (UNA)’s Sen. Gringo Honasan with four percent.