SENATORS Ramon Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada led the race for Senate seats in the latest Manila Standard poll, taking 54 percent and 53 percent of the vote, respectively.

The survey, conducted between Feb. 20 and 26, asked 2,500 registered voters to cast their ballots for the positions of president, vice president and senators in a way that simulated actual voting in the automated elections in May.

Current and former senators continued to dominate the top 12, with only two newcomers.

Behind Revilla and Estrada were Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago (42 percent) and Pia Cayetano (42 percent); former senator Franklin Drilon (41 percent); Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile (41 percent); former Senators Vicente Sotto III (35 percent) and Ralph Recto (33 percent); Rep. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (27 percent); Senator Lito Lapid (26 percent); former Senator Sergio Osmeña III (23 percent); and Jose de Venecia III (23 percent).

Like the January 2010 poll, the senatorial votes were cast together with the presidential and vice presidential votes by asking the respondents to accomplish a ballot designed to look like the Commission on Elections ballots to be used in the May 10 elections.

The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points at the national level. Regional tallies had a higher margin of error.

Results by major areas showed a mix of choices by political party. At the national level, three from the Liberal Party, three from the Nacionalista Party, three from the Partido ng Masang Pilipino, two from the Lakas-Kampi CMD, and one from the Nationalist People’s Coalition made it to the top 12.

Voters, on average, chose seven names for senator.

Metro Manila voters registered the most number of preferences, with about nine names chosen in the ballot.

Those who did not shade any ovals corresponding to their preference for senator were considered undecided, and they comprised 7 percent. The highest number of undecided voters were in North and Central Luzon.

Three percent of the ballots were considered spoiled, since the number of shaded choices exceeded the maximum required vote of 12 names.

Tables Familiar faces dominate Senate survey 0210-RP

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