Senator Grace Poe took the solo lead in the latest pre-election survey conducted by Pulse Asia after the lawmaker gained 28 percent, two percentage point higher than her previous rating.
The poll, commissioned by ABS-CBN, also showed that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte shed a point from his previous rating to place second with 24 percent.
The two bets were “statistically tied” in the previous Pulse Asia survey held from March 8 to 13, where Poe got the “votes” of 26 percent of the respondents while Duterte got 25 percent.
The latest survey was conducted from March 15 to 20, covering 4,000 registered voters with biometrics nationwide.
It had a margin of error of plus or minus 1.5 percent.
Duterte, who got 24 percent, shared the second spot with Vice President Jejomar Binay who got 23 percent.
Binay’s rating increased by one percentage point.
Like Duterte, Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd lost a point with 19 percent to land in third place while Sen. Miriam Defensor- Santiago continued to slide down, getting only two percent.
Poe and Duterte were statistically tied in the National Capital Region (NCR or Metro Manila) with 31 percent and 30 percent, respectively.
The region is home to 6.2 million registered voters.
In the rest of Luzon, however, Poe was the runaway winner with 35 percent, while Roxas was the top choice in the Visayas with 37 percent. Duterte led in Mindanao with 43 percent.
Among the Class D sector, which constitutes the biggest chunk of voters, Poe got 27 percent and Duterte, 25 percent.
Among class E, the top choices were Poe, 30 percent, and Binay, 28 percent.
The camp of Binay welcomed their bet’s higher rating which, according to them, indicated that his more aggressive campaigning is gaining ground among the people.
“That’s why in the coming days, we will continue to heighten and improve our appeal to the people and instil upon them our platform to end poverty,” United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) campaign spokesman Rico Quicho said.
“Twenty-six million Filipinos have been found to be poor, with 12 million living in extreme poverty. The Vice President believes that the main issue for these elections is poverty and who among the candidates can improve the lives of the poor. Only the Vice President has the proven track record in addressing poverty. And he has a concrete plan to help the poor,” Quicho added.
The vice presidential race remains a toss-up between Senators Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Francis Escudero, who were tied at first place with 25 percent.
In the previous poll, Marcos overtook Escudero by one point.
Roxas’ running mate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, placed second with 21 percent while Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano got 14 percent.
Senators Gregorio Honasan and Antonio Trillanes 4th got five percent and four percent, respectively.
Despite her good showing in the survey, Poe vowed to work even harder during the remaining five weeks of the campaign period.
Poe said that while she considers her high ratings important, she believes that the numbers that will really matter in the presidential contest are the votes that candidates will get on election day.
“I’m really grateful for the unwavering support of the people. It’s not easy and we all know that survey results change. That is why we need to continue doing the rounds and deliver our message to the people,” the senator added.
Valenzuela City (Metro Manila) Mayor Rex Gatchalian, Poe’s spokesman, said they will constantly take heed of data from the survey to guide them in their next campaign moves.
He added that the trust and confidence of the Filipino voting public continues to fuel Poe’s drive to drum up interest in her platform of governance–gobyernong may puso (government with a heart).