Pulse Asia poll: Poe still on top

Lynda Jumilla, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 24 2015 07:07 PM | Updated as of Sep 25 2015 07:12 AM

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MANILA - Senator Grace Poe dropped 3 points but retained the lead in the latest presidential preference survey conducted by Pulse Asia Research Inc. for ABS-CBN.

In the survey conducted August 27 to September 3, 2015 with 1,200 respondents, 27 percent said they would vote for Poe if elections were held then – 3 points lower from her 30 percent in Pulse Asia’s June survey.

Pulse Asia conducted this survey at the height of the 5-day Iglesia Ni Cristo protest, during which Poe drew criticism for defending the influential religious sect known for supporting candidates through bloc voting.

Vice President Jejomar Binay came in second with 21 percent, 1 point lower than his previous survey result.

Former Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, who declared his candidacy barely a month before the survey, got 18 percent, an 8-point leap from his 10 percent in June.
 
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo dropped to fourth place but maintained his 15 percent from the previous survey. This, despite repeatedly insisting he had no plans of running for president.

Respondents were asked: "Of the people on this list, whom would you vote for as President of the Philippines if the 2016 elections were held today and they were candidates. You may mention others not included in this list."

Also mentioned in the presidential survey were: Senator Bongbong Marcos 5 percent, former President now Mayor Joseph Estrada 5 percent, Senator Miriam Santiago 4 percent, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano 1 percent, and former Senator Panfilo Lacson 1 percent.
       
In the vice presidential survey, Poe was in a statistical tie with her own runningmate Senator Chiz Escudero.

Escudero  jumped 10 points to 25 percent, from 15 percent in June.

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Escudero announced his vice presidential bid last September 17, just a day after Poe's own declaration of her presidential plans.
       
Several vice presidentiables are bunched together in single digits, including Binay's preferred runningmate Marcos with 7 percent; and Roxas’ two vice presidential options - Senator Alan Cayetano with 7 percent, and Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo with 2 percent.

Pulse Asia's survey for ABS-CBN is the last one before the October filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2016 elections.

The survey has a margin of error of plus/minus 3%.