Poe, Binay statistically tied for first in new Pulse Asia survey

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(File photo) As far as the latest Pulse Asia survey is concerned, the upcoming May 9 elections could be a neck-and-neck-battle for presidential candidates Vice President Jejomar Binay and Sen. Grace Poe.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Presidential candidates Vice President Jejomar Binay and Sen. Grace Poe shared the lead in the latest Pulse Asia survey released on Friday (March 4).

If the presidential polls were conducted from February 15-20, 26 percent of respondents would vote for independent candidate Poe while 25 percent would vote for United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer Binay, survey results showed.

They are statistically tied since the national survey has a margin of error of ±2 percent, with a 95 percent confidence level.

Poe’s numbers were down by four percentage points from the previous presidential survey while Binay’s was slightly up by two points.

"Senator Poe is grateful to the Filipino voting public for their continued trust and confidence. Despite all the left-handed attacks against the person of Senator Poe, the Filipino voters continue to stand behind her," Poe Spokesperson Rex Gatchalian said in a statement.

"Vice President Binay remains grateful for the trust and support of our people. He is offering to them a decisive and compassionate presidency that will address their concerns, with poverty being his top priority," Binay Spokesperson Atty. Rico Quicho said.

Related: SWS: Binay still on top despite percentage drop; Duterte, Poe tied for second

A total of 1,800 registered voters were asked to respond to the question “Sa mga taong nasa listahang ito, sino ang inyong iboboto bilang PRESIDENTE NG PILIPINAS kung ang eleksyon ng 2016 ay gaganapin ngayon at sila ay mga kandidato? Pumili po ng isang pangalan lamang.”

[Translation: “Among the people in this list, who will you vote for President of the Philippines if the 2016 elections were to be held today and they are the candidates. Choose only one name.”]

Following Binay and Poe are Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Liberal Party’s Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, both earning 21 percent of the votes.

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago lagged far behind with only three percent.

The survey was conducted right before the Commission on Elections (Comelec)’s first presidential debate.

Across regions, Binay won the votes of 33 percent in the National Capital Region, Poe led the rest of Luzon also with 33 percent of the votes, Roxas topped Visayas with 35 percent while Duterte swept Mindanao with 45 percent.

Meanwhile, Poe, Duterte and Roxas were statistically tied for first among income classes A, B and C, while Poe and Binay dominated the votes of those in class D and statistically shared most of the votes of the class E.

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Escudero, Marcos statistically tied for VP

In the vice-presidential race, senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. were also statistically tied for the top spot in the survey, gaining 29 and 26 percent of votes respectively.

Related: Escudero, Marcos tied in latest SWS survey for vice president

LP’s Leni Robredo placed third with 19 percent of votes, followed by Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano with 12 percent, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV with 6 percent and Sen. Gringo Honasan with 4 percent.

Although Escudero has been dominating previous Pulse Asia surveys, he registered a four-point decrease in his ratings in the February survey. Marcos gained a three-point increase.

Liberal Party bets lead senatorial survey

Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III of the Nationalist People’s Coalition still led the senatorial survey with fellow re-electionist Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson.

Related: Liberal Party, UNA not worried about NPC’s endorsement for Poe, Escudero

Of the 56 senatorial candidates running in the May 9 polls, 14 have a statistical chance of winning a seat in the Senate, as far as the survey respondents are concerned.

Half of these senators are from the LP.

Sotto, Vicente III "Tito" (NPC) 63.6%

Lacson, Panfilo "Ping" (Ind.) 60.2%

Pangilinan, Francis "Kiko" (LP) 54.1%

Recto, Ralph (LP) 53.4%

Drilon, Franklin "Frank" (LP) 52.4%

De Lima, Leila Norma Eulalia Josefa (LP) 45.3%

Osmeña, Sergio III "Serge" (Ind.) 43.7%

Gordon, Richard "Dick" (BAGUMBAYAN-VNP) 42.6%

Gatchalian, Win (NPC) 41.2%

Villanueva, Joel (LP) 39.1%

Guingona, Teofisto III "TG" (LP) 36.7%

Hontiveros-Baraquel, Risa (LP) 36.2%

Pacquiao, Emmanuel "Manny" (UNA) 34.8%