Eight more days before the May 9 elections but still Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was able to maintain his lead in the presidential race based on the latest Pulse Asia survey.
The tough mayor garnered 33 percent or approximately 12,121 of the 4,000 respondents who were surveyed nationwide. The respondents, furthermore, were registered voters.
The latest survey by Pulse Asia covered the period from April 19 to April 24, after a video of Duterte’s controversial “rape joke” became viral online the topic of criticisms both nationally and internationally.
Following his lead are Senator Grace Poe with 22 percent and Mar Roxas of the Liberal Party with 20 percent. Both are second placers, considering the margin of error of plus-or-minus 1.5 percentage points.
On third place lands Vice President Jejomar Binay with 18 percent while Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago remained at the bottom of the list with 2 percent.
It is interesting to note, however, that changes to the percentage points, whether a decrease or increase, were only applicable to Duterte, Binay and Roxas.
Both Duterte and Binay received a one-point decrease from the April 12-17 survey while Roxas climbed by two points. Poe and Santiago’s ratings remained unchanged.
Also, based on the Pulse Asia survey, Duterte has a strong lead from the Mindanao with 58 percent and is favoured by socioeconomic groups Classes ABC with 37 percent and Class D with 33 percent.
His runner up, Poe dominated Luzon with 29 percent. However, Poe shared the top spot with Duterte for Metro Manila with 26 and 34 percent, respectively.
Poe also is not the only favoured candidate for Class E with 24 percent. Duterte has 31 percent of the individuals belonging to the group.
For the Visayas region, both Roxas and Duterte are the top choices. Roxas garnered 37 percent while Duterte gained 32 prcent.