Duterte overtakes Binay in latest poll; Poe loses points
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is the biggest gainer in a new presidential poll, where he overtook Vice President Jejomar Binay and inched closer to Senator Grace Poe, who lost several points but still remained in first place.
Duterte gained 4 points which landed him in second place with 24 percent of voter preference in the latest survey of The Standard conducted from Feb. 24 to March 1. He passed Binay who had 23 percent (up 1 percent) and moved closer to Poe whose voter preference fell 3 points to 26 compared to January figures.
Administration bet Mar Roxas was fourth with 22 percent while Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago lagged with 2 percent.
The latest results showed the race for the presidency becoming “tighter,” according to Junie Laylo, The Standard’s resident pollster.
With the national margin of error at + or – 1.8 percent, Binay, Poe and Duterte are “statistically-tied” in first place, the Standard reported.
The survey came on the heels of the first presidential debate which was conducted at Cagayan de Oro City last Feb. 21 and was presented by GMA and the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Across major geographic areas, Poe and Binay were tied in the National Capital Region, North/Central Luzon and South Luzon/Bicol with a +/- 4 percent margin of error.
Roxas continues to secure his hold in the Visayas, except in Eastern Visayas where Binay led. Meanwhile, Duterte led in all regions in Mindanao.
Poe continues to lead in urban areas with 27 percent, an eight-point drop from the score she got last January. On the other hand, Duterte is ahead in rural areas with 25 percent.
In terms of socio-economic class, Duterte overtook Poe to become the top choice of Class ABC with 30 percent. The neophyte senator, however, is still the top choice of respondents belonging to Class D and E.
Poe is the top candidate for female respondents (29 percent) while Duterte is the preferred candidate of male respondents (27 percent).
The preferred presidential candidate of respondents also differs by age group. Poe remains the top choice of those who belong to the 18 to 34 age group, Poe and Binay tied at 24 percent among those who are between 35 to 55-years-old, while Binay is the top choice of those who are age 56-years-old and above.
The survey had 3,000 respondents from 79 provinces and 17 cities of Metro Manila. All respondents said they were registered voters sure of voting in the May 9 elections. The national margin of error was placed at + or – 1.8 percent.
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