VICE President Jejomar Binay again topped the second platform-based presidential survey conducted by the Philcoman Research Institute, Inc. (PCMRII) with a score of 31 percent.
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte trailed Binay with 25 percent, followed by former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd, Sen. Grace Poe and Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago who got 19 percent, 16 percent and seven percent, respectively.
The survey was conducted between March 31 and April 15.
Dr. Ernie Gonzales, a Fellow of the London School of Economics and Political Science and PCMRII director for research, said their field researchers asked 1,200 respondents at random who they would vote for President if elections were held on schedule on four important issues: social (poverty and criminality), political (parliamentary or presidential), economics (nationalist economics, export-oriented, regulated, etc.) and national security.
The PCMRII survey differs from the other surveys conducted by other research organizations because respondents are asked who among the candidates they think have concrete plans for the country based on the four interrelated important issues.
Binay also topped the previous survey results released in March with 27 percent. He was followed by Poe with 21 percent; Santiago, and 18 percent; Roxas, 16 percent; Duterte, 15 percent.
Two percent of the respondents remained undecided. The sampling error for national percentages is three percent, plus or minus; and six for regionals and Metro Manila.
Each percentage point is equivalent to 440,000 votes, assuming 44 million of the 54 millions registered voters cast their ballot on May 9.
The pollster said of the presidential candidates, only Binay has clearly defined platforms on the issues asked of the respondents by PMCRII researchers, who found that the graft and corruption issue has not really affected the standing of the Vice President.
In the latest survey, Poe’s rating went down because most respondents marked her as pro-oligarch with no anti-poverty, socio-economic and national security platforms.
Duterte climbed because of his strong anti-crime advocacy while Santiago’s rating continued to slide as many respondents believed that she is seriously ill.
But in the non-commissioned survey by D’ Strafford Research and Strategies Inc., Roxas and Poe statistically tied for the top post.
Conducted from April 13 to 18, the survey showed that nationwide, 26.2 percent of respondents wanted Roxas to be the President compared to 25.9 percent who prefered Poe.
Tied at third place were Duterte (20.4 percent) and Binay (19.1 percent). Santiago got 4.1 percent.
The survey was conducted among 2,800 registered voters using face-to-face interview.
By area, the survey showed Roxas took the Visayas with 40 percent preference rating, followed by Poe (21 percent), Duterte (20 percent), Binay (14 percent) and Santiago (3 percent).
Poe is the preferred candidate in the National Capital Region (31 percent), followed by Duterte (23 percent), Roxas (20 percent), Binay (15 percent) and Santiago (5 percent).
Duterte, meanwhile, dominated Mindanao with 30 percent rating, followed by Roxas (25 percent), Poe (20 percent), Binay 16 percent and Santiago (5 percent).
Poe also took the lead in the Balance of Luzon with 30 percent as against 24 percent for Binay followed by Roxas (22 percent) and Santiago (4 percent).