MANILA (1st UPDATE) - Close to two years before the next presidential elections, Vice President Jejomar Binay leads a group of veteran and neophyte politicians as the "preferred presidential" candidate for 2016, according to a survey of Pulse Asia Inc.
The survey, a copy of which was obtained by ABS-CBN News, was conducted last March 19 to 26, 2014 among 1,200 respondents all over the country.
The respondents were shown a prepared list of names and asked: "Of the people in this list, whom would you vote for if the 2016 presidential elections were held today and they were candidates?"
Topping the survey was Binay, who has long declared his plan to run in 2016, with 40 percent or 4 out of 10 respondents saying they would vote for him.
Binay also heads the government's housing agencies, and recently left his fractious party PDP-Laban.
Neophyte senator Grace Poe was a surprise, though a far second with 15 percent.
A former chairperson of the MTRCB, Poe topped the 2013 senatorial elections - her first try at an elective post.
Complete survey results:
Jejomar Binay 40%
Grace Poe 15%
Miriam Defensor-Santiago 10%
Chiz Escudero 9%
Mar Roxas 6%
Bongbong Marcos 5%
Alan Peter Cayetano 4%
Kris Aquino 4%
Bong Revilla 3%
Ping Lacson 2%
Although the results were not meant to be released, this presidential preference survey was conducted together with Pulse's nationwide survey on performance of and trust in the country's top officials.
Binay also topped this part of the survey, with a performance rating of 87 percent and a trust rating of 86 percent.
Pulse Asia confirmed it conducted the presidential survey but declined to officially release the results.