Grace Poe retains solo lead in Pulse Asia survey on 2019 race

MANILA, Philippines – Reelectionist Senator Grace Poe retained her solo lead in Pulse Asia's latest Ulat ng Bayan survey on the 2019 senatorial elections, released on Monday, July 9.

According to the survey held from June 15 to 21, a small majority of Filipinos (55%) already have a complete slate for the senatorial race.

The poll also showed that if the May 2019 elections were held during the survey period, "all the probable winners are either incumbent or former members of Congress."

Poe is ahead of the pack with a voter preference of 67.4%, followed by former senator and Taguig City Representative Pia Cayetano with 55.7%. Reelectionist Senator Cynthia Villar ranked 3rd to 4th with 50.1% voter preference.

Close behind is presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio, ranking 3rd to 5th, with 46.2%.

Reelectionist Senator Juan Edgardo Angara completes the top 5, with 41.9%. He ranked 4th to 8th place.

The probable winners in the Senate race, if elections were held during the survey period, are the following:

Other names that were earlier floated for the senatorial race ranked outside the Top 12 in the Pulse Asia survey, such as Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, former interior and local government Secretary Manuel Roxas II, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, actress Agot Isidro, and former president Gloria Macapagal Arryo.

The survey was conducted among 1,800 registered voters nationwide, with an error margin of ±2%. It has error margins of ±6 for Metro Manila, ±3 in the rest of Luzon, and ±5 each for the Visayas and Mindanao, all at a 95% confidence level. –

Camille Elemia

Camille Elemia is Rappler's lead reporter for media, disinformation issues, and democracy. She won an ILO award in 2017. She received the prestigious Fulbright-Hubert Humphrey fellowship in 2019, allowing her to further study media and politics in the US. Email