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Grace Poe and Bato Would Win as Senator, Mocha Would Not, Says Pulse Asia Survey
Most Filipinos have filled up their slate.
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Sen. Grace Poe is still the frontrunner for the May 2019 senatorial elections, says the results of the latest Pulse Asia survey.

With 55 percent of Filipinos saying that they have completed their choices for the senatorial elections, Poe leads the list of 13 possible candidates who "would have a statistical chance of winning," says the research group's announcement, which came out today, July 9.

Unsurprisingly, most of the names in the winner’s circle are incumbent senators seeking re-election. Sen. Pia Cayetano comes in after Poe, followed by Sen. Cynthia Villar and Davao Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio.

Rounding off the list are Sen. Sonny Angara, former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, Bureau of Corrections Chief Bato dela Rosa, Sen. Aquilino Martin Pimentel III, Sen. Nancy Binay, former Sen. Sergio Osmeña, former Sen. Lito Lapid, Sen. JV Ejercito, and Sen. Bam Aquino.

Bato de la Rosa, who is also the former PNP chief, saw his survey ranking go up a few notches from when the survey was last run, in March this year. According to the previous survey, 33.1 percent of respondents said they were “voting for” de la Rosa, placing him 11th on the list; now, 37.7 percent said he had their vote, putting him at 7th place.

The majority of those surveyed (64 percent) were aware of PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson, but only 2 percent said they were voting for her. This is a slight improvement from the 54 percent who said they were aware of her, and 1.3 percent who were voting for her in the March survey.

Likewise, Cabinet members Harry Roque and Bong Go are also out of the winner’s circle, with 7.9 and 9.9 percent of voters giving them the thumbs-up. Celebrities included in the survey predictably had high awareness rates, but garnered the votes of relatively few respondents: For example, Freddie Aguilar (94 percent aware, 9.3 percent voting for), Agot Isidro (83 percent aware, 9.4 percent voting for), and Jim Paredes (63 percent aware, 3.2 percent voting for).

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