If elections were held today, 3 in 10 Filipinos would choose Senator Grace Poe, according to results of the latest Pulse Asia Survey released on Friday, April 1.
Poe claimed the top spot in the five-way presidential poll commissioned by broadcasting giant ABS-CBN from March 15 to 20, getting a 28% voter preference rating.
The senator gained 2 percentage points compared to her rating in the previous poll, breaking up her statistical tie with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
"Nearly 3 in 10 Filipino registered voters (28%) would elect Senator Grace Poe as the country's next president if the May 2016 elections took place during the survey period," said Pulse Asia president Ronald Holmes.
Duterte now shares second place in a statistical tie with Vice President Jejomar Binay. The mayor's rating went down 1 percentage point to lock a 24% rating, while Binay's improved to 23%, increasing his previous rating by 1 percentage point.
Liberal Party bet Manuel "Mar" Roxas III and Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago also lost 1 percentage point each, scoring 19% and 2% of poll votes, respectively.
Conducted among 4,000 registered voters, the nationwide survey has a plus-or-minus 2% error margin and a 95% confidence level.