Sen. Grace Poe remains in pole position in the race to Malacañang, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey.
The 47-year-old Poe – the youngest among the three politicians who announced their presidential candidacy in next year’s elections – notched 26 percent in the survey conducted from September 8 to 14.
Manuel Roxas 2nd, the presumptive administration party standard-bearer, and Vice
President Jejomar Binay are separated by one percentage point.
Roxas got 20 percent while Binay had 19 percent while Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte got 16 percent.
Pulse Asia said Roxas, Binay and Duterte are “sharing second place.”
The latest survey had a bigger number of respondents at 2,400.
Pulse Asia’s two previous surveys had 1,200 respondents with a margin of error of plus/minus 3 percent.
The third quarter survey has a plus/minus 2 percent margin of error.
Respondents were asked to choose from a list of potential candidates on who they would vote for President if the 2016 elections were held today.
The respondents were also allowed to indicate names that were not on the list.
Binay did not top any of the major island groups but he was second to Poe in the two vote-richest areas: Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.
Poe was the top choice in Metro Manila with 26 percent, followed by Binay with 22 percent and Duterte with 21 percent.
The greatest number of respondents in the Balance of Luzon picked Poe, who got 31 percent, followed by Binay with 21 percent. Roxas was third with 18 percent, while Duterte got 8 percent.
Roxas was the choice in the Visayas, his home region, with 34 percent, followed by Poe with 20 percent, Binay and Duterte with 16 percent and 14 percent respectively.
Duterte topped the poll in Mindanao (29 percent). He was followed by Poe with 20 percent, Binay with 17 percent and Roxas with 15 percent.
Across socio-economic classes, the most preferred presidential bets of those in Class ABC are Poe (22 percent), Roxas (22 percent), Duterte (20 percent) and Binay (17 percent).
About a quarter of those in Class D (26 percent) express support for Poe’s presidential bid.
In Class E, on one hand, the most favored candidates for President are Poe (25 percent), Binay (20 percent) and Roxas (20 percent).
Vice presidential race
Poe and her presumptive running mate, Sen. Francis Escudero, continue to lead in the vice presidential survey.
The two are “statistically tied.” Poe had 24 percent while Escudero got 23 percent.
Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. ranked 3rd with 13 percent, followed by Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano with 9 percent. Both belong to the Nacionalista Party, whose leaders said party members aspiring for higher office will be on their own if they will run under the banners of different parties.
Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, whom the Liberal Party wants to field as Roxas’ running mate, ranked 10th with 3 percent.
Poe said she is thankful for keeping the top spot.
“Again, I thank the Filipino people for their confidence. It is from them that I draw my strength,” she added in a statement.
“It is from them that I draw my strength. More than just a measure of popularity, this is a reminder that we should always focus on performance and genuine service,” Poe said.
Binay’s spokesman said they are satisfied with the survey results.
“The Vice President is satisfied with the Pulse Asia results considering that he did not have any television advertisement running during the survey period. It showed us that we have a stable core of supporters,” Rico Quicho, the Vice President’s political affairs spokesman, said.
“The Vice President will continue to talk directly with the people and work doubly hard to inform them of his track record of helping the poor and programs to bring more employment, quality education, accessible healthcare and reduction of poverty,” he added.
Malacañang said the significant improvement in Roxas’ ratings is indicative of the people’s continued support for the Aquino administration’s program.