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Raffy Tulfo maintains top spot in Pulse Asia survey; Robin Padilla gets highest improvement in survey numbers

By NICK GARCIA Published Mar 14, 2022 7:28 pm

Television personality Raffy Tulfo has maintained his lead among senatorial candidates in the latest Pulse Asia survey on the May elections.

In the survey conducted Feb. 18 to 23 and released March 14, Tulfo got 66.9% of votes from 2,400 respondents, from 66.1% in February. He's still alone at the top spot like the previous survey results.

Pulse Asia noted that most of the probable winning senators are either incumbent or former members of Congress.

Ranked 2nd to 4th are Antique Rep. Loren Legarda (58.9%), former Department of Public Works and Highways Sec. Mark Villar (56.2%), and Ex-House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano (55%). Legarda and Cayetano kept their spots from last time, with scores of 58% and 58.2% each. Villar, meanwhile, was previously 4th to 6th (52.9%).

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri (50.5%) and Sorsogon Gov. Chiz Escudero (49.8%) shared the 5th to 7th places. Zubiri was previously 5th to 6th (50.3%), while Escudero was 2nd to 5th (55.7%).

Action star Robin Padilla, meanwhile, gained ground as he landed on the 5th to 9th spot with a score of 47.3%. Padilla was previously 11th to 13th with 35.9% of support. It's an 11.4% improvement of his survey numbers, the highest among the senatorial candidates.

Other senatoriables who have a chance to secure a Senate seat in May are:

  • Former Vice President Jejomar Binay (45.6%, 7th to 10th; was previously 44.5%, 7th to 8th)
  • Sen. Win Gatchalian (44.6%, 7th to 10th; was previously 45.9%, 7th to 8th)
  • Sen. Joel Villanueva (42.0%, 8th to 11th; was previously 40.4%, 9th to 11th)
  • Ex-Sen. Jinggoy Estrada (38.6%, 10th to 11th; was previously 40.4%, 9th to 11th)
  • Ex-Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista (32.8%, 12th to 14th; was previously 26.8%, 14th to 16th)
  • Sen. Risa Hontiveros (32.3%, 12th to 14th; was previously 37.1%, 9th to 13th)
  • Ex-Sen. JV Ejercito (31.6%, 12th to 14th; was previously 33.9%, 11th to 13th)

Pulse Asia noted that a "bare majority" of 51% of likely voters are naming their Magic 12 based on its March survey, a 2% decline from the 53% of respondents who have their senatoriables in mind.