DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is slowly gaining momentum in the latest pre-election survey conducted by Pulse Asia, trailing Sen. Grace Poe by only one percentage point.
This is the first time that Poe and Duterte tied since the campaign period started.
The survey, commissioned by ABS-CBN, was held from March 8 to 13, after the Supreme Court upheld Poe’s candidacy for President.
The survey involved 4,000 registered voters with biometrics.
It has a margin of error of +/- 1.5 percent.
Poe got the “votes” of 26 percent of the respondents while Duterte got 25 percent.
Vice President Jejomar Binay, standard-bearer of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), got 22 percent while Liberal Party (LP) presidential bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd remained at fourth place with 20 percent.
Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago got three percent.
Poe thanked her supporters and vowed to continue informing voters what she can do if elected President.
Rico Quicho, Binay’s spokesman, said the latest survey results were no cause for worry because the candidates remained tied.
“The presidential race continues to be tight. If you look at the margin of error, [all are statistical[ly]tie[d],” he noted.
“Ang hamon sa amin ay paigtingin pa ang pag-ikot sa iba’t-ibang lalawigan at ipagpatuloy ang pakikipag-usap sa ating mga kababayan. Natutuwa kami sa talagang mainit na pagtanggap sa ating Vice President kahit saan s’ya magpunta. Hindi natitinag ang matibay na suporta at pagtitiwala ng mga core groups at supporters ni Vice President at lalo pang magpupursigi ang mga ito upang palakasin ang kandidatura ni Vice President [The challenge for us is to continue visiting various provinces. We are happy because people warmly welcomed the Vice President in those places he visited. The support given by core groups remains and his supporters will continue to work to strengthen his candidacy],” Quicho said.
Poe, Duterte and Binay were statistically tied in the National Capital Region (NCR or Metro Manila) but Poe took Luzon at 34 percent while Binay got 26 percent.
On the other hand, Roxas took the Visayas (36 percent) while Duterte was the runaway winner in Mindanao (46 percent).