SENATOR Grace Poe would be the winner if elections were held today, according to the latest survey held by Pulse Asia.
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte placed second in the poll held from March 1 to 6 among 2,600 registered voters with biometrics.
Poe got 28 percent, which was two percentage points higher than what she got in the pollster’s February 16 to 27 survey.
The senator also topped the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey that was released on Monday, getting 27 percent.
In both surveys, Vice President Jejomar Binay’s ratings dropped to a certain degree. Binay was overtaken by Poe for the top spot in the SWS survey.
In the Pulse Asia survey, Binay was sidelined by Duterte, who got 24 percent. The Vice President fell to third place with 21 percent, tying “statistically” with Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd who got 20 percent.
Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago got three percent.
The survey, commissioned by ABS-CBN, had a ± 1.9% error margin at the 95 percent confidence level. The pollster also reported that non-support for any presidential candidate was expressed by five percent of the respondents.
Binay’s spokesman Rico Quicho said the survey results mean that the vice president has to do more campaigning among the grassroots.
“Different surveys, different results but the core support of the Vice President remains solid. The Vice President will continue to go around the country to cover more ground and directly talk to the people,” he said.
Since the poll was conducted days prior to the Supreme Court (SC) decision allowing Poe to run in the May presidential elections, Pulse Asia said “should Senator Poe not pursue her presidential bid, a sizable plurality of her original voters (29%) would shift their support to Vice President Binay.”
Meanwhile, former senator and Presidential Adviser on Agricultural Modernization Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan landed at the top spot of the senatorial survey by Pulse Asia.
Pangilinan, who is running under the administration party, had a 53.1 percent voter preference in the survey. He was followed by Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto of Nationalist People’s Coalition (48.9 percent), Sen. Franklin Drilon of Liberal Party (45.5 percent), former Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson (Independent; 45.1 percent), and Sen. Ralph Recto of LP, 42.5 percent.
The other senators filling up the top 14 are Migz Zubiri (Independent): 36.5 percent; Sergio Osmeña 3rd (Independent): 36.4 percent; Dick Gordon (Independent): 34.8 percent; Risa Hontiveros (Akbayan): 33.3 percent; Manny Pacquiao (United Nationalist Alliance): 32.7 percent; Leila de Lima (LP): 32.1 percent; Joel Villanueva (LP): 28 percent; TG Guingona (LP): 26.3 percent; and Win Gatchalian (NPC): 25.6 percent.