MANILA – Senator Grace Poe is still the most preferred presidential candidate in next year’s national elections, according to Pulse Asia’s “Ulat ng Bayan” survey released Monday.
Poe was chosen by 26 percent of the 2,400 respondents as their preferred successor of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
She was followed by former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II with 20 percent, Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay with 19 percent, and Davao Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte with 16 percent.
Given the poll’s sampling margin error of plus-or-minus two percent, Roxas, Binay and Duterte were statistically tied at second place.
In each island group in the country, however, the leading preferred presidential bet differed. Poe was named as the top bet in Metro Manila (26 percent) and the rest of Luzon (31 percent), while Roxas topped in Visayas (34 percent) and Duterte in Mindanao (29 percent).
Also included in the presidential preferences survey were Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. who was chosen by 6 percent of the respondents, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada with 5 percent, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago with 3 percent, former Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson with 2 percent, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano with 1 percent, and Akbayan Partylist Representative Walden Bello with 0.1 percent.