Presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has cemented his hold on the frontrunner position in the May presidential race, according to the results of the latest ABS-CBN survey conducted by Pulse Asia.
Duterte got 32 percent of 4,000 respondents to pick him as their next president, establishing a clear lead over second placer and former opinion poll frontrunner Senator Grace Poe, who got 25 percent.
The mayorâ€™s number increased by two points from his previous rating of 30 percent in an earlier March 29 to April 3 poll. Poeâ€™s number remained the same.
The survey, which has a margin of error of plus minus 1.5 percent, showed that the tough-talking mayor was way ahead of the neophyte senator and his other rivals.
The poll was conducted from April 5 to 10â€”days before he uttered his controversial statement on the rape-slay of Australian lay missionary Jacqueline Hamill, which unleashed a social media firestorm.
Vice President Jejomar Binay and administration bet former Interior Secretary Manuel â€œMarâ€ Roxas II shared third place with 20 percent and 18 percent, respectively. Binayâ€™s number wasÂ the same if compared to the previous poll, while Roxas suffered a one-point dip.
Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago only had 1 percent of respondents rooting for herâ€” one point lower than the 2 percent she got in the previous survey. (Inquirer.net)