Vice President Jejomar Binay remains the top contender for the presidential elections in 2016, elbowing out other possible candidates including Sen. Grace Poe, a new survey by Pulse Asia showed.
In the survey conducted from June 24 to July 2, Binay led in all geographical areas, getting 41 percent of the votes nationwide. He bagged 44 percent of votes in Metro Manila, 41 percent in Balance Luzon, 37 percent in the Visayas and 42 percent in Mindanao.
The Vice President also led in all classes, getting 36 percent of the vote among Class ABC, 42 percent among Class D and 40 percent among Class E.
In the survey, the 1,200 respondents were asked who among 11 personalities they would vote for as President if the 2016 elections were held at the time of the survey.
Poe, who topped the senatorial race in 2013, was a far second to Binay, having obtained 12 percent of the overall votes for President.
The senator was second in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon and the Visayas and Classes D and E but was fourth in Mindanao and third among Class ABC. Poe was included in the survey even if she had repeatedly said she is not ready to run for the country’s top post.
Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada came in third with nine percent of the votes nationwide. Tied for fourth to sixth places were Sen. Francis Escudero, Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago with 7 percent of the overall vote.
Roxas was third in the Visayas and Mindanao and he tied with Poe in Class ABC. He also edged Santiago in Classes D and E.
Santiago beat Roxas in Metro Manila and Balance Luzon and in Class ABC.
Tied at seventh and eighth were Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Alan Peter Cayetano. They each got five percent of the overall votes.
Marcos edged out Cayetano in Balance Luzon, the Visayas and Class D, while Cayetano had the advantage over Marcos in Metro Manila, Mindanao and Class ABC.
In ninth to 11th places were Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., who got two percent of the overall votes, Senate President Franklin Drilon, one percent, and former Sen. Richard Gordon, also one percent.
Binay, also the chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, thanked the public for the “vote of confidence.”
“Vice President Binay accepts with gratitude and humility the Pulse Asia survey results where 41 percent of our people consider him their top choice for President,” Joey Salgado, the Vice President’s spokesman, said in a statement on Monday.
“While we have two years to go before the 2016 elections, the Pulse Asia result is a vote of confidence in Vice President Binay’s performance and preparedness to lead the nation,” he added.
Binay’s score for the second quarter was slightly higher than the 40 percent rating he received in Pulse Asia’s March 19 to 26 survey.
Salgado said although the survey was conducted “at a time when political developments could have affected satisfaction and trust with our top leaders and government in general,” the Vice President still accepts the results of these surveys and will continue to work to improve the lives of the Filipinos.
The same survey showed that Poe was the top choice for vice president for 2016, receiving 26 percent of the respondents’ votes.
Escudero came in second with 22 percent while Cayetano got third place with 14 percent.
Poe led Escudero in all geographic areas but Escudero edged her in Class ABC.
Meanwhile, former Sen. Francis Pangilinan topped Pulse Asia’s senatorial survey, getting a high 54.7 percent. At close second is Sen. Vicente Sotto 3rd who got 53.8 percent, followed by Sen. Ralph Recto, 52.7 percent. The other “top contenders” are Panfilo Lacson, 47.1 percent, Manuel Roxas 2nd, 47.0 percent, Richard Gordon, 45.1 percent, Franklin Drilon, 44.7 percent, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., 43.8 percent, Juan Miguel Zubiri, 42.2 percent, Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal, 38.2 percent, Sergio Osmeña 3rd, 37.4 percent, Ana Theresia “Risa” Hontiveros-Baraquel, 32.4 percent, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, 32.3 percent, Lino Cayetano, 30.8 percent, Teofisto Guingona 3rd, 30.8 percent, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, 28.6 percent and Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla, 28.4 percent.
Also included in the survey were Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao who got 25.6 percent, former Rep. Juan Ponce “Jack” Enrile Jr., 23.8 percent, former Rep. Milagros “Mitos” Magsaysay, 23.2 percent, Rep. Jose “Lito” Atienza, 22.1 percent, Ed Hagedorn, 20.1 percent, Gwendolyn Pimentel, 18.9 percent, former Customs Commissioner Rozzano Rufino Biazon, 18.4 percent, Mark Lapid, 18.1 percent, Rep. Leni Robredo, 15.2 percent, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino, 12.2 percent, actor Dingdong Dantes, 11.5 percent and former Rep. Gilbert Remulla, 11.0 percent.
The survey had an error margin of ±3 percent at the 95 percent confidence level.