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Poe, Binay share top spot in Pulse Asia poll

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Sen. Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar C. Binay shared the top spot in the latest Pulse Asia presidential survey.
Poe and Binay registered the same overall voter preference with 26 percent and 25 percent, respectively, in the nationwide survey conducted among 1,800 registered voters from February 15 to 20.

Tied at third place are Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte and former Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel A. Roxas II who both have 21 percent voter preference. At fourth is Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago who has three percent.

Poe’s rating dropped four percent from the January survey while Binay’s went up two percent. Roxas and Duterte’s ratings increased one percent.

The top four presidential bets topped in one of the four regions where the survey was carried out.

Poe got the nod of 33 percent of Filipinos in Balanced Luzon. Binay led in Metro Manila with 33 percent while Roxas was ahead in Visayas with 35 percent. Duterte remained dominant in Mindanao, enjoying the support of 45 percent.

Poe and Roxas enjoy the support of 25 percent of voters belonging to the Class ABC. Poe and Binay obtained 25 percent in Class D while Binay won the heart of Class E with 31 percent. Duterte is most favored in Class ABC with 24 percent.

Sen. Francis Joseph G. Escudero and Sen. Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. are statistically tied for first place in Pulse Asia’s vice presidential survey.

Twenty-nine percent of respondents said they will vote for Escudero while 26 percent said they will vote for Marcos.

Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo was in second place with 19 percent. Sen. Alan Peter S. Cayetano is third with 12 percent. Senators Antonio F. Trillanes IV and Gregorio B. Honasan II are fourth and fifth with six and four percent, respectively,

Escudero and Marcos won the hearts of voters in Metro Manila with 35 percent and 34 percent, respectively. They are also close in the rest of Luzon with Escudero getting 31 percent and Marcos 32 percent.

In Visayas, Escudero and Robredo lead with 29 percent and 28 percent, respectively. In Mindanao, Escudero and Cayetano are tied with 22 percent, Marcos with 19 percent, and Robredo with 16 percent.

Marcos enjoys the lead with 44 percent in Class ABC while Escudero is most favored in the poorest Class E with 32 percent.

Three percent of respondents are still undecided on any vice presidential bet.

Reelectionist Vicente C. Sotto III topped the senatorial survey with 63.6 percent.

Sotto is followed by former Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson with 60.2 percent, former Sen. Francis N. Pangilinan (54.1 percent), Sen. Ralph G. Recto (53.4 percent), Senate President Franklin M. Drilon (52.4 percent), former Sen. Juan Miguel F. Zubiri (48.5 percent), former Department of Justice Secretary Leila M. de Lima (45.3 percent), Sen. Sergio Osmeña III (43.7 percent), former Sen. Richard J. Gordon (42.6 percent), Valenzuela City Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian (41.2 percent), former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director General Emmanuel Villanueva (39.1 percent), Sen. Teofisto Guingona III (36.7 percent), former Akbayan partylist Rep. Risa Hontiveros (36.2 percent), and Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel Pacquiao (34.8 percent).

The survey was conducted after the official start of the campaign period but before the first presidential debate in Cagayan de Oro City last February 21.