Binay regains lead in Pulse Asia poll, tops Duterte, Poe
Vice President Jejomar Binay has trumped former presidential preference poll frontrunners Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Grace Poe to become the leading candidate to succeed President Benigno Aquino III in 2016, the results of the latest Pulse Asia survey revealed.
The survey, which was conducted from December 4 to 11 with 1,800 respondents nationwide, revealed that 33 percent of respondents would vote for Binay.
“If the May 2016 elections were held during the survey period, 33% of Filipinos would elect Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay as the country’s next president. Two candidates find themselves sharing second place – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte (23%) and Senator Grace S. Poe (21%),” Pulse Asia said.
Binay topped the poll among respondents in the National Capital Region (30 percent), Balance Luzon (34 percent) and Visayas (34 percent).
Duterte got the votes of Mindanao respondents as 43 percent said they would vote for him as president.
Binay also retained his hold in Class E where 42 percent of the respondents said they would vote for him in next year’s polls. He also got the highest votes from Class D with 30 percent.
Binay used to be the uncontested leader in presidential preference polls until corruption allegations caused his ratings to slip.
In fourth place is administration bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas II with 17 percent, and Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago is fifth with four percent.
In the vice presidential race, Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero remains the frontrunner with 29 percent of respondents saying they would vote for him in next year’s elections.
Trailing him is Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. with 23 percent of respondents saying that they would vote for him.
Senator Alan Peter Cayetano is third with 18 percent and Camarines Sur representative Leni Robredo obtained 14 percent.
Meanwhile, Senator Gringo Honasan and Antonio Trillanes IV got single-digit numbers: Honasan with nine percent while Trillanes had four percent.
Pulse Asia said that “no religious, political, economic, or partisan group influenced any of these processes.” IDL
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