Duterte overtakes Poe, Marcos top VP choice in latest Pulse Asia survey

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Rodrigo Duterte (L) and Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. (R)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — PDP Laban standard bearer Rodrigo Duterte overtook independent presidential candidate Grace Poe in the latest Pulse Asia pre-election survey conducted from March 29 to April 3.

Poe and Duterte were statistically tied in the previous Pulse Asia poll conducted March 8 to 13, but the Davao City mayor took the solo lead in the latest results with 30 percent of the votes — an increase of five percentage points.

The nationwide poll, commissioned by ABS-CBN, has a ± 1.5% error margin at the 95-percent confidence level.

Using face-to-face interviews, 4,000 registered voters with biometrics were asked this question: Kung ang darating na eleksyon sa Mayo 2016 ay gaganapin ngayon, sino po ang inyong iboboto bilang PRESIDENTE NG PILIPINAS?

[Translation: If the May 2016 elections were held today, who would you vote as PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES?]

Poe scored 25 percent, while United Nationalist Alliance's (UNA) Jejomar Binay and administration bet Manuel "Mar" Roxas II are statistically tied with 20 and 19 percent, respectively.

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago remains in last place with two percent.

Duterte also took the lead in the recent survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Related: Duterte, Marcos take sole leads in latest SWS poll

VP race: Marcos takes solo lead

In the previous Pulse Asia poll, Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero were statistically tied.

The latest results of the survey, however, show Marcos take the solo lead in the vice presidential derby with 28 percent of the votes.

Trailing far behind Marcos are Rep. Leni Robredo and Escudero, who are statistically tied with 22 and 21 percent, respectively.

In the recent surveys, Marcos and Robredo saw an improvement in their rankings, while Escudero continued to decline.

Duterte's running mate, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, remains in the middle of the pack with 15 percent, while Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Sen. Gringo Honasan only garnered five and four percent of the votes, respectively.

The results of the latest Pulse Asia survey were released a few days after the vice presidential debate took place.

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