Tops Pulse Asia survey
Senator Grace Poe edged out other contenders for the presidency and emerged once again as the frontrunner in the presidential race based on the result of the latest Pulse Asia survey.
The poll conducted from January 24 to 28 nationwide revealed that 30 percent of the 1,800 respondents said they will vote for Poe.
Vice President Jejomar Binay of the United National Alliance was in second place with 23 percent, while Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd of the Liberal Party and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte shared the third spot with 20 percent each.
Pulse Asia president Ronald Holmes said that among the presidential contenders, only Poe and Binay experienced “marked movements” in their numbers between December 2015 and January 2016.
“Electoral support for Senator Poe becomes more pronounced [+9 percentage points] while that for Vice President Binay eases (-10 percentage points) during the period December 2015 to January 2016,” Holmes said in a statement.
“Poe enjoys gains in voter preference in the rest of Luzon (+10 percentage points), the Visayas (+11 percentage points), and Class D (+10 percentage points),” he added.
As for Vice President Binay, Holmes said that levels of support for his candidacy decline in the Visayas (-14 percentage points), Mindanao (-16 percentage points), and Class E (-12 percentage points),” he added.
Roxas gained three percentage points from his 17 percent rating in December, while Duterte’s voter preference dipped by three percentage points during the period.
Among geographical locations, Poe and Binay were neck-and-neck in the National Capital Region with 33 percent and 32 percent, respectively. Poe was the dominant choice in the Balance of Luzon (39 percent).
Roxas led in the Visayas with 32 percent voter preference, while Duterte was the primary choice for president in Mindanao at 48 percent.
Only three percent of those polled were undecided on their choice for president at the time the survey was conducted, Holmes said.
Binay topped the survey held by the Social Weather Stations in early January with a score of 31 percent. Poe was second with 24 percent.
The camp of Binay on Saturday said despite the fluidity in survey numbers, the Vice President’s direct contact with the people will remain constant.
“As the campaign progresses, the numbers will be fluid but what will be constant for us is the Vice President’s direct contact with our people. This election is about poverty, hunger, and unemployment that persist despite claims of economic growth and the importance of a decisive and experienced president to urgently address these issues,” Rico Quicho, vice presidential spokesperson for political concerns, said in a statement.
“The Vice President has always maintained that the most important survey is on election day,” Quicho said.
Chiz tops VP survey
In the vice presidential race, Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero was the top choice with 33 percent of respondents saying they would vote for him in the upcoming elections.
Trailing him is Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. who got a score of 23 percent.
Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano shared third place with 18 percent and 14 percent, respectively.
The other vice presidential bets scored single digit numbers: Sen. Gregorio Honasan 2nd, five percent; and Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th, four percent.
Escudero and Robredo gained four percentages points in the January survey, while Cayetano and Honasan shed four percentage points.
There was no change in the voter preference for Marcos and Trillanes.
Pulse Asia said three percent of the respondents said did not have a preferred vice presidential candidate at the time of the survey.
Across geographic areas and socioeconomic classes, Marcos topped NCR with 36 percent and class ABC with 28 percent.
Escudero, meanwhile, got the majority of voter preference in Balance Luzon (33 percent), Visayas (32 percent) and Mindanao (29 percent).
After her slip from the top spot in December, Poe released a television and radio ad to inform the public that she is still in the race because the Supreme Court has yet to rule on her disqualification cases.
The Commission on Elections disqualified Poe because is not a natural-born Filipino citizen. The commission also said the senator failed to meet the residency requirement for a presidential candidate.
Poe said the survey result will inspire her to work harder.
“The latest Pulse Asia survey is both overwhelming and humbling. It echoes the voice of the people who trust and believe in my capacity to be a leader no matter what hurdles are thrown my way,” she said.
“The Filipinos will always be my inspiration to stay the course and work harder, especially now that the official campaign period is about to commence. I am ready to serve and work to bring the change that the Filipinos deserve,” Poe added.
The senator’s spokesman, Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian, said they will “continue to amplify our message that Sen. Poe is still a candidate in the running for the Presidency.”
“We believe that there are still voters out there who are uncertain about the status of her candidacy, hence it becomes more imperative for us to clarify that matter and as a result gain more ground. In addition to this, the survey results will continue to serve as road map and guide for our campaign. Taking cue from the results, we will intensify our drive to drum up interest in her platform of governance – inclusive growth, Gobyernong May Puso, walang maiiwanan (a government with a heart, and no one will be left behind), Gatchalian said.
As for the Senate race, reelectionist and returning senators dominated the top 12 list —Vicente Sotto, 3rd; Francis Pangilinan; Panfilo Lacson; Ralph Recto; Franklin Drilon; Juan Miguel Zubiri; Sergio Osmeña 3rd; Richard Gordon; Leila de Lima; Emmanuel Pacquiao; Teofisto “TG” Guingona and Risa Hontiveros.