Senator Grace Poe continues to shine in surveys despite a slew of disqualification complaints filed against her at the Commission on Elections.
In the survey conducted by the Magdalo party-list from October 20 to 22, 2015, 43 percent of the 3,000 respondents chose Poe over the other presidential hopefuls.
She was followed by Vice President Jejomar Binay who got 27 percent. Former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas was a far third at 17 percent while Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte came in at fourth with 16 percent.
At the tail end are former Ambassador Roy Señeres and former Rep. Augusto Syjuco who both registered less than one percent preference scores. The margin of error was plus or minus 1.8 percent.
Poe said the survey result was “inspiring.”
“These encouraging survey results albeit the series of underhanded tactics being employed by some quarters to stop and discourage me from pursuing the presidency, surely inspire me to work harder and to prove to the people that I am deserving of the trust they are giving me” she said on Saturday.
Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, Poe’s campaign spokesman, pointed out that Poe and her running mate, Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, were inspired by the survey results.
“Come to think of it, Senators Grace and Chiz have been the subjects of continued and sustained smear campaigns before, during and after the surveys were conducted, but the people know better and they would not let black propaganda affect their choice or preference,” Gatchalian said.
Magdalo Rep. Ashley Acedillo said her group, which has been conducting pre-election surveys since 2004, used the multistage probability sampling design when it polled 3,000 people across all regions of the country.
Multistage sampling is carried out in stages using smaller and smaller sampling units at each stage which involves dividing the population into groups or clusters until one or more clusters are chosen at random and everyone within the chosen cluster is sampled.