PRESIDENTIAL bet Sen. Grace Poe topped her rivals in the Pulse Asia survey released Friday with a 26-percent rating, while Vice President Jejomar Binay came in close second at 25 percent, and Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte shared the third spot at 21 percent each.
Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who is hardly going on campaign sorties, settled for a measly 3 percent in the survey conducted on February 15 – 20.
A foundling, Poe won by a whisker ahead of the Supreme Court’s expected decision on March on the disqualification cases filed against her questioning her natural-born Filipino citizenship and 10-year Philippine residency.
Poe, an independent candidate, dropped by four points from her 30-percent rating and gained the most support in Class E (28 percent), but she also had a significant pull in Class D (25 percent) and Class ABC (25 percent).
Binay, on the other hand, got the biggest chunk of his ratings in Class E at 31 percent, earned 25 percent in Class D, but only cornered 14 percent in Class ABC.
Liberal Party standard-bearer Roxas had a balance share of ratings in Class ABC (25 percent), Class D (21 percent), and Class E (19 percent), while Duterte had 25 percent in Class ABC, 21 percent in Class D and 18 percent in Class E.
In the vice-presidential race, Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero registered a slim three-percentage points lead over Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos 2nd at 29 – 26 percent.
Roxas’ running mate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, remained at third with 19 percent rating.
Sen. Alan Cayetano still failed to gain traction with 12 percent, while Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th and Sen. Gringo Honasan had a paltry 6 percent and 4 percent, respectively. LLANESCA T. PANTI