Results of the latest Laylo presidential survey show that the presidential race will be between Sen. Grace Poe and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, according to Valenzuela City (Metro Manila) Mayor Rex Gatchalian.
Gatchalian on Thursday said it will be a close fight between Poe and Duterte.
The survey showed Duterte sustaining his lead, getting 32 percent of the “votes” of the 3,000 respondents. Poe got 24 percent.
“The numbers of this survey show that Monday’s polls will be a close match between Sen. Poe and Mayor Duterte,” Gatchalian, Poe’s spokesman, said.
Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel Roxas 2nd wasin third position with 21 percent and Vice President Jejomar Binay was fourth with 15.44 percent.
Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago got two percent.
Gatchalian said of all the candidates, Poe is the strongest challenger to Duterte.
“In fact, the details of this survey show that she has already taken back Metro Manila, a key battleground area for whoever will sit in the Palace,” he added.
Poe got 32 percent in Metro Manila (National Capital Region or NCR) while Duterte’s rating in the NCR is down by one percent at 20 percent.
“We are very confident that in the last three days of the campaign, more people who are calling for sensible change will consolidate behind the candidacy of Sen. Poe,” the mayor said.
Poe also emerged as the best candidate to address seven of the 12 issues presented to respondents in a series of six surveys recently conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) for Bilang Pilipino.
She said this showed her campaign is geared toward platforms and programs rather than petty politics.
“We have stayed on the path of discussing the things that matter to the lives of the Filipinos and have veered away from mudslinging and other negative campaigns in the last three months,” Poe added.
“As we head to Election Day on May 9, we hope the voters will keep in mind the candidates who gave them genuine programs, not punch lines,” the senator said.
The SWS survey showed Poe as the best presidential bet to handle seven of the 12 issues put forward to respondents — lowering of prices of commodities, increasing the wages of workers, health for all, education for the poor, food for the poor, cleanliness of the environment, disaster preparedness and solving the traffic problem.
On the other hand, respondents chose Duterte as the best presidential aspirant to handle five issues — fighting corruption, fighting crime, defending Philippine territories, peace in Mindanao and solving the traffic problem.
Poe came in as second choice for four of these issues but was tied with Duterte on the issue of solving the traffic problem.
The Bilang Pilipino SWS Panel Mobile Survey uses a nationally representative sample of 1,200 validated voters, 300 each in Metro Manila, Balance of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.