Why Marcos, Robredo Survey Numbers are Unchanged in Pulse Asia Poll

There's still room for 'drastic changes'.
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Rival presidential candidates Bongbong Marcos' and Vice President Leni Robredo's unchanged numbers in Pulse Asia's last survey before the May 9 elections could mean that the public is still waiting for possible changes at the homestretch of the campaign, the pollster said Tuesday.

Pulse Asia released the results of their April 16 to 21 pre-election survey just a week left before the May 9 elections, which showed Marcos still in the lead with 56% and Robredo with 23%, one percentage point lower than her score in late March.

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"It basically means that the public will still be looking at things that might develop in the latter part of the campaign," Pulse Asia president Ronald Holmes told ANC in an interview.

"It may mean also that the campaign strategies that each of the candidates have used have been able to maintain their voting support at least at the level that they had in our March survey," he added.

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Holmes, who also teaches political science at the De La Salle University, did not discount the possibility of "drastic changes" at the late stage of the campaign, including an endorsement from President Rodrigo Duterte.

Although Duterte's daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, is Marcos' running mate, the president refused to make any endorsement for his successor.

"People who were inclined to support other candidates that would not be endorsed by the president may shift back to the endorsee of the president," he added.

While candidates may have little time in their hands before May 9, Holmes said they should still do their best in campaign, as the actual survey would be held on election day.

"Aside from that one which is really direct voter contact where you have supporters of a candidate going house to house, the other thing I think that will really be quite important now will be the final messages that candidates will deliver," he said.

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