Grace Poe tops latest Pulse Asia senatorial survey
Grace Poe tops the latest Pulse Asia survey again.
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Grace Poe tops latest Pulse Asia senatorial survey

Ryan Macasero (Philstar.com) - January 9, 2019 - 2:36pm

MANILA, Philippines — Incumbent Sen. Grace Poe topped the latest Pulse Asia senatorial survey released Wednesday. 

The independent senator placed first with 75 percent of respondents saying they would vote for her if the election were held today. 

Poe also got an awareness rating of 99 percent, the percentage of voters who knew who Poe was prior to the survey.

The latest Pulse Asia survey was conducted using face-to-face interviews from December 14 to 21, two months after the filing of the Certificate of Candidacies last October.

Following in second and third place are incumbent Sens. Cynthia Villar (66.6 percent) of the Nacionalista Party and Edgardo "Sonny" Angara (58.5 percent) of the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino.

While Poe and Villar held the same position as last September's survey, Angara knocked Pia Cayetano off of the top three.

READ: Poe remains in the lead in women-dominated 2019 senatorial poll — Pulse Asia

Cayetano, a former senator and congresswoman, slid down to fourth place with 55.4 percent. 

Rounding off the "Magic 12" or the top 12 senators leading the survey are: 

  • Lito Lapid (49.8) 
  • Nancy Binay (46.7) 
  • Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III (45.5)
  • Sergio Osmeña III (38.8) 
  • Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. (37.6) 
  • Imee Marcos (36.7) 
  • Jinggoy Estrada (36.3) 
  • Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa (35.7) 
 
Former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, running under the Liberal Party, was knocked off the top 12 by Revilla, who was released after four years in detention last December 7, when he was acquitted on plunder charges.

READ: Free after 4 years: Bong Revilla released from detention

All of the top 12 are either incumbents or have served in the Senate before except for former Philippine National Police chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa and Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos. 

The campaign period for senatorial candidates and party-list groups will be from February 12 to May 11.

READ: Comelec sets schedule for 2019 midterm polls

Candidates for the House of Representatives and other local positions could campaign from March 29 to May 11.

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