Sen. Grace Poe topped her rivals for the presidency in the latest Pulse Asia survey with a 26 percent rating, with Vice President Jejomar Binay a close second with 25 percent.
Survey results were released on Friday ahead of the Supreme Court’s pending ruling on a disqualification case against Poe over her citizenship and residency.
The high tribunal is expected to decide on the case on March 8.
The senator’s rating dropped by four points from her previous 30 percent rating.
Poe gained the most support from Class E (28 percent) but she also had significant pull among Class D (25 percent) and Class ABC (25 percent).
Binay got the biggest chunk of his ratings from Class E with 31 percent.
He earned 25 percent from Class D but only cornered 14 percent in Class ABC.
Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel “Mar”Roxas 2nd and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte shared the third spot with 21 percent each.
Roxas obtained 25 percent from Class ABC, 21 percent from Class D and 19 percent from Class E.
Duterte collected 25 percent from Class ABC, 21 percent from Class D and 18 percent from Class E.
Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who seldom joins campaign sorties, settled for a measly three percent.
In the vice presidential race, Sen. Francis Escudero had a slim lead of three percentage points over Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.–29 percent to 26 percent.
Roxas’ running mate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, remained at third with a 19 percent rating.
Sen. Alan Cayetano still failed to gain traction with 12 percent, while Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th and Sen. Gregorio Honasan had a paltry 6 percent and 4 percent, respectively.
The survey was conducted from February 15 to 20.