Presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe is back at the top spot in the latest presidential preference survey by Pulse Asia.
Poe led with 30 percent in the survey involving 1,800 respondents conducted from January 24 to 28.
Three other presidential contenders shared the second place in a statistical tie: Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay (23%), former Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel A. Roxas II (20%), and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte (20%).
In the vice presidential race, Poe’s running mate, Senator Francis Escudero continued to be the top choice, taking 33 percent, with Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. a distant 23 percent. Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo, who is running with Roxas, and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, Duterte’s running mate, followed with 18 and 14 percent, respectively.
Two other vice president bets — Senators Gregorio Honasan and Antonio Trillanes IV — could manage only single digit showings of 5 and 4 percent each.
“Of the 52 senatorial candidates … 13 have a statistical chance of winning if the May 2016 elections were held at the time of the conduct of this survey,” Pulse Asia said.
Of these, only former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima is not a former or incumbent member of Congress.
Senator Vicente Sotto III and former Senator Francis Pangilinan led the Senate race with 68.8 percent.
“The other probable winners are former Senator Panfilo M. Lacson (63.3%, 2nd to 5th places), Senator Ralph Recto (59.9%, 3rd to 5th places), Senate President Franklin M. Drilon (58.8%, 3rd to 7th places), former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri (54.9%, 5th to 7th places), Senator Sergio R. Osmeña III (54.8%, 5th to 7th places), former Senator Richard Gordon (48.6%, 8th to 10th places), former DOJ Secretary de Lima (48.2%, 8th to 10th places), Saranggani Representative Emmanuel Pacquiao (46.9%, 8th to 10th places), Senator Teofisto Guingona III (41.4%, 11th to 13th places), former Akbayan Party List Representative Risa Hontiveros (41.1%, 11th to 13th places), and Valenzuela City Representative Sherwin T. Gatchalian (37.7%, 11th to 13th places),” Pulsa Asia said.