Grace Poe still PH's top senatorial bet – Pulse Asia

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Senator Grace Poe, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Chief Ronald dela Rosa.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 22) — If the country were to hold the 2019 midterm elections this month, a survey showed incumbent senator Grace Poe would still be leading the race.

Poe topped the September survey released Saturday morning by Pulse Asia with 70.1 percent of respondents wanting her to take a Senate seat.

The survey, which interviewed 1,800 respondents nationwide, added only 3.6 percent of Filipinos did not determine their senatorial bets for May 2019.

Of the 66 candidates included in Pulse Asia Research's September 2018 electoral probe, 17 bets would have a "statistical chance of winning." Of this number, 13 of them are either incumbent or former members of Congress.

Below are the personalities who topped the survey list for September:

1. Senator Grace Poe (70.1 percent)

2-3. Senator Cynthia Villar (57.7 percent)

2-4. Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano (54.4 percent)

3-4. Senator Nancy Binay (50.6 percent)

5-6. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio (39.5 percent)

5-7. Senator Edgardo Angara, Jr. (37.1 percent)

6-10. Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada (34.6 percent)

7-11. Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos (32.6 percent)

7-11. Senator Aquilino Martin Pimentel III (32.4 percent)

7-11. Former Senator Lito Lapid (32.2 percent)

8-17. Former Senator Sergio Osmeña (29.8 percent)

11-17. Former Senator Manuel Roxas (27.7 percent)

11-17. Robin Padilla (27.4 percent)

11-17. Former Senator Ramon Revilla, Jr. (27.4 percent)

11-17. Mr. Ramon Tulfo (27.0 percent)

11-17. Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Chief Ronald dela Rosa (27.0 percent)

11-17. Senator JV Ejercito (26.7 percent)

Other personalities on the list who didn't make it to the Top 17 are House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Senator Bam Aquino, former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez, Special Assistant to the President Bong Go and media mogul Kris Aquino.

Kris Aquino has previously floated the idea of running for a Senate position.

With eight months before the actual elections, almost half (49 percent) of Filipinos completed their roster of senatorial bets, Pulse Asia said.