Women dominated the Pulse Asia pre-poll survey as the top five are all female made up of four former or incumbent senators and a fresh name in Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
The survey, taken early September, showed genders were split for the top 12 contested spots.
The results showed strong gender equality in terms of choosing leaders among Filipinos.
The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Gender Gap Report 2017 showed the Philippines was the most gender-equal country in Asia ranking 10th out of 144 countries in the global gender gap index with a score of 0.79 — the only Asian country on top 10 of the list.
The outcome of the Pulse Asia polls was released weeks before next month’s filing of certificates of candidacy for the mid-term polls.
Sen. Grace Poe once again led the list garnering 70.1 percent of voter preference in the survey conducted on 1 to 7 September with 1,800 registered voters as respondents.
Sen. Cynthia Villar came second with 57.7 precent of respondents likely to vote, Taguig City Rep. Pia Cayetano got 54.4 percent, Sen. Nancy Binay received 50.6 percent and Duterte-Carpio got 39.5 percent.
Other strong contenders included Sen. Nancy Binay, Sen. Sonny Angara, Jr., former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, Ilocos Gov. Imee Marcos, Sen. Koko Pimentel III, former Sen. Lito Lapid, former Sen. Sergio Osmeña and former Sen. Mar Roxas.
Meanwhile, Robin Padilla, former Sen. Bong Revilla Jr., Ramon Tulfo, Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Chief Ronald de la Rosa and Sen. JV Ejercito were also included in the contenders list of 17 names.
The list represents individuals who “would have a statistical chance of winning” the senatorial elections, Pulse Asia said.
Go moves up
Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go continues to rise in the rankings as more respondents get to know him.
In a similar survey last June, 9.9 percent of respondents picked Go at an awareness level of 52 percent. In the recent survey, 14.1 percent gave him their vote as 72 percent said they knew of the close aide of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III had said “if your awareness level is low, that’s nothing to worry about. You should campaign, you should follow the important tenets of winning an election.”
Bam falls out of Magic 12
Pulse Asia presented a roster of 66 probable candidates for the May 2019 senatorial elections to people surveyed.
Incumbent Sen. Bam Aquino was bumped off the list of front runners as he dropped to the 18th to 23rd bracket, five spots below his top 13 finish in Pulse Asia’s July survey.
Go was in the 22nd to 27th places while presidential spokesman Harry Roque ranked between the 29th and 36th places. Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who had yet to indicate her political plans as her House term ends next year, was on the 24th to 28th place.
Out of those surveyed, 3.6 percent “do not support any of the probable senatorial bets included in this survey probe, refuse to name their preferred senatorial candidates, or still do not know whom they will vote for” in next year’s polls, Pulse Asia said.
The survey has a ± 2 percent error margin.
Only half decided
Pulse Asia said the survey results showed that only half of the respondents are decided on their choices for the senatorial race.
Practically half or 49 percent have a complete line-up for the Senate in that they are already identifying 12 senators whom they are inclined to vote for, the pollster said.