MANILA (3rd UPDATE) - There's a new frontrunner in the 2016 presidential race.
After lording over election surveys for the longest time, Vice President Jejomar Binay is now 8 points behind the new frontrunner, Senator Grace Poe, who has not even declared any plans for 2016.
The survey conducted from May 30 to June 5 showed Poe enjoying the lead in the May 2016 presidential race, with 30 percent of voters saying they would vote for her.
Four other probable candidates, including Vice-President Binay (22%), also have double-digit presidential voter preferences .
The survey was done at the height of a meeting between President Benigno S. Aquino III and Senator Grace Poe in connection with the possibility of the latter running as president or vice-president in May 2016 under the Liberal Party (LP) and the disqualification issue raised against Poe by Navotas City Representative Tobias Tiangco, who is the interim president of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
The survey was also conducted at the height of a word war between Vice-President Binay and Senator Poe, with the former saying that the next Philippine president should have experience and the latter replying that quality of service and honesty are more important than length of service or experience.
If the May 2016 elections were conducted during the survey period, Poe would emerge as the winner with 30% of Filipinos backing her candidacy.
Asked for her reaction, Poe said: "It is heartwarming to earn the trust of our countrymen. I am truly grateful and humbled."
Binay currently finds himself in second place with a 22% level of support for his presidential bid. The three other individuals with double-digit presidential voter preferences are Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (15%), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel A. Roxas II (10%), and former President and incumbent Manila City Mayor Joseph Estrada (10%).
On the other hand, single-digit figures are recorded by Senator Miriam Defensor- Santiago (6%), Senator Alan Peter Cayetano (2%), and former Senator Panfilo M. Lacson (2%).
Filipinos express virtually no support for the probable presidential bids of former Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) Chairperson Camilo Sabio and OFW Party-List Representative Roy Señeres.
The survey showed Poe taking the lead among voters in the National Capital Region (32%), Balance of Luzon (36%), Visayas (30%), and classes ABC (31%)and D (31%).
Binay kept a slim lead over Poe in Mindanao (18%) and Class E (26%).
Compared to the last survey in March, Binay suffered a decline from 29% in March to 22% now.
Poe's rating more than doubled from 14 % to 30%.
Duterte got 15% in the latest survey from 12% in March.
Roxas rose to 4th place with 10%, from 4% in March. Roxas ties former President Joseph Estrada with 10% in the latest survey after Estrada lost 2% from the March survey.
In the vice-presidential race, Senator Grace Poe (41%) also has the lead over seven other possible candidates for the position.
Furthermore, the lawmaker is the most preferred vice-presidential bet in all of the country’s geographic areas (32% to 45%) and socio-economic groupings (40% to 43%).
Only two other personalities have double-digit overall vice-presidential voter preferences – Senator Francis Escudero (15%) and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano (12%).
Relatively lower figures are recorded by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (9%), Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. (9%), former Senator Panfilo M. Lacson (6%), Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (5%), and Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo (1%).