A NEW poll released on Monday by the Radio Mindanao Network (RMN) showed Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Grace Poe in a close battle for the presidency next year.
The difference was within the survey's margin of error of +/- 2.5 percent with Binay receiving 26.16 percent support of likely voters compared with 24.84 percent for Poe.
Poe has yet to make up her mind on whether to seek a Palace run even as reports said she is set to declare her intention to join the race in an event on Wednesday.
Former Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II, the administration's standard-bearer, was in third place with 18.14 percent.
Roxas was followed by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte with 12.42 percent, who has since shrugged off calls for him to run for president.
Next to Duterte was Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada with 6 percent, followed by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago with 4.33 percent, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano with 1.9 percent, former senator Panfilo Lacson with 1.83 percent and Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. with .06 percent.
In the RMN survey, the Vice President outshone Poe and Roxas in North Luzon.
Poe led in the National Capital Region and South Luzon while Roxas topped the Visayas.
Binay and Poe were in tight competition in Central Luzon, Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal, and Mindanao.
"The Vice President is fighting an uphill battle against those who are bent on continuing a regime of social inequality. He is grateful for the people's unbending support," said Joey Salgado, head of the Office of the Vice President's media affairs.
The Vice President also intends to continue direct talks with the people.
"Vice President Binay has a single message: It is time for change and for prosperity. This is what he started in Makati and with the public behind him, the same will be implemented in the whole country," Salgado said.
"We are fighting against hunger, poverty and unemployment under an administration favoring only a few," he added.
Poe topped the list of potential vice presidential bets with 36.01 percent followed by Senator Francis Escudero with 21.36 percent and Marcos with 11.82 percent.
Political old-timers led potential winners in the senatorial race.
They include Senators Vicente Sotto III, Ralph Recto, Franklin Drilon, Sergio Osmeña III and former senator Juan Miguel Zubiri.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao also made it to the top 12.
The survey was conducted on August 11 to 18 with 4,718 randomly selected radio listeners and registered voters nationwide.
RMN Research Department interviewed participants from 17 cities and one municipality in Metro Manila, the Calabar provinces, six provinces in Central Luzon, 13 areas in North and South Luzon, 20 areas in Visayas, and 13 areas in Mindanao. (CVB/Sunnex)