Tight race for UNA and LP bets, says poll

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The top 12 slots in the Senate race are equally split between candidates of the two dominant parties, voting trends in a Metro Manila survey showed.

Still sitting on top of the Stratpolls survey results, however, are the two re-electionists among the so-called "common candidates."

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Sen. Loren Legarda emerged as the Metro Manila frontrunner had the midterm polls been conducted between Feb. 5 and 13, bagging 83 percent of respondent votes.

She was followed by her fellow "common candidate" Sen. Chiz Escudero, who got the votes of 79 percent of respondents.

The survey was conducted Feb. 4-12 among 300 respondents 18 years old and above, mostly from middle-class families in the National Capital Region.

Though the dominant parties Team PNoy and United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) had five bets each in the top 12, the administration coalition had the upper hand in rankings.

Its bet Sen. Koko Pimentel landed on the number three spot with 77 percent of votes, followed by another Team PNoy bet Aurora Rep. Sonny Angara, 73 percent.

UNA candidate and San Juan City Rep. JV Ejercito ranked 5th in the survey at 70 percent.

He was followed by Team PNoy's Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano (67 percent), who ranked lower in the Stratpolls list compared to other survey results.

The 7th-8th spots were shared by Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile of UNA and former Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar of Team PNoy, who both bagged 59 percent of respondents' votes.

Sen. Gringo Honasan ranked 9th (57 percent), followed by the Vice-President Jejomar Binay's daughter Nancy (55 percent), both of whom are in UNA.

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Meanwhile in the 11th spot is former Sen. Migz Zubiri of UNA (53 percent).

Last in the list of Stratpolls' top 12 is Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV (52 percent).

Even the list of runners-up to the top 12 are led by administration candidates.

President Benigno Aquino III's cousin Bam is in the 13th spot (46 percent), followed by fellow Team PNoy bets former Sen. Jum Magsaysay (42 percent) and former Akbayan Party-List Rep. Riza Hontiveros-Baraquel (39 percent).

Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn, who is running as an independent candidate, landed 16th (35 percent) while former censors chief Grace Poe-Llamanzares, another common candidate, is in the 17th spot (33 percent).

Former Sen. Richard Gordon of UNA is in the 18th spot (31 percent), followed by independent candidate and Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Teddy Casino (21 percent) and former Sen. Jamby Madrigal or Team PNoy (20 percent).

All the other candidates had vote shares of less than 20 percent.

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