By Edu Punay | The Philippine Star
MANILA, Philippines — The Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte-Carpio tandem maintained a strong lead in the latest MBC-DZRH pre-election survey with about two weeks left before the May 9 elections.
Marcos registered a majority of votes with a preferential rating of 52.9% in the poll conducted from April 18 to 19.
It showed a 3.1-percentage point increase in the rating of Marcos, from 49.8% in the March figures of the same survey conducted in partnership with The STAR.
Marcos’ rating is 28.6 percentage points higher than the 24.3% garnered by his closest rival, Vice President Leni Robredo, whose rating increased by 2.9 percentage points from her 21.4% in March.
The rankings are similar to the latest Pulse Asia voters' preference survey.
Ranking far third is Manila Mayor Isko Moreno with 8.2%, followed by Sen. Manny Pacquiao with 5.8% and Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson with 3.6%.
Moreno dropped by 1.6%, Pacquiao by 2.2%, and Lacson by 1.1% from their respective previous ratings in March.
Vice presidential race
In the vice presidential survey, Duterte maintained a majority vote with a preferential rating of 54.2%.
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III ranked second with 16.9%, followed by Sen. Francis Pangilinan with 15.1%.
Dr. Willie Ong and House Deputy Speaker and Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza placed fourth and fifth, respectively, with 6.6% and 1.1%.
All the other presidential and vice presidential candidates had ratings of less than 1% in the latest survey, which had a sample size of 7,560 and a margin of error of +/- 1.13%.