SENATOR Grace Poe clinched the top spot in a survey conducted by Church-run Radio Veritas.
Unlike the surveys of Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations, the Veritas survey was based on 10 servant leadership qualities of the presidential candidates, namely: listening, empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, conceptualization, foresight, stewardship, commitment to the growth of the people and building community.
Radio Veritas President Rev. Fr. Anton C.T. Pascual on Wednesday said the poll was conducted to determine if the candidates possess qualities of a servant leader based on the points of view of the voting public and to assess how such qualities would affect voters’ decisions.
Poe took the top spot in 9 out of 10 qualities of a servant leader with an overall score of 59 percent.
She was followed by Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago of the People’s Reform Party with 51 percent.
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel Roxas 2nd were tied in third spot with 44 percent, followed by Vice President Jejomar Binay who got 41 percent.
On the first quality of a servant leader which is listening, three out of four respondents chose Poe.
A great majority of the respondents (70.8 percent) said the senator is the most empathetic among the presidential candidates. Binay placed second with 52.5 percent.
On the third quality, healing, half of the respondents favored Poe. She was followed by Santiago and Roxas.
Three out of four respondents, meanwhile, said Santiago has the servant leadership quality of awareness. She was followed by Binay with 65 percent, Roxas, 61.7 percent, Duterte, 56.1 percent, and Poe, 48.7 percent.
Also, 56.4 percent of those polled said Poe is the most persuasive. Majority also said she had the best conceptualization.
Poe was also the choice of a great majority of the respondents when it comes to stewardship, commitment to the growth of the people and building community.
The Veritas Truth Survey was conducted by the research department of Radio Veritas.
It polled 1,200 respondents from urban and rural areas nationwide. Respondents were chosen on the basis of stratified random sampling, with +/- 3 percent margin of error.