Duterte maintains lead in Pulse survey

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA — Presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte maintained his wide lead in the latest Pulse Asia survey released on Friday.

The survey, conducted from April 19 to 24, showed Duterte having 33-percent voter preference, a loss of one percentage point from the previous Pulse Asia survey.

Duterte enjoys an 11-point lead over Sen. Grace Poe, whose rating is unchanged at 22 percent.

Former interior secretary and administration candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II got 20 percent and Vice President Jejomar Binay scored 18 percent, while Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago was at fifth place with only two percent.

Four percent of the 4,000 respondents said they were not inclined to support any of the presidential candidates.

Across geographic areas, Duterte topped the survey among respondents in the National Capital Region with 34 percent and Mindanao with 58 percent.

He also topped all socioeconomic classes with 37 percent in Class ABC, 33 percent in Class D and 31 percent in Class E.

Poe, meanwhile, got the majority of voter preference in Balance Luzon with 29 percent while Roxas dominated Visayas with 37 percent.

The survey had a margin of error of plus-or-minus 1.5 percentage points.