Despite being under fire for his controversial rape remark, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte remained atop a recent survey among presidential candidates conducted by Pulse Asia.
In the survey, Duterte got a commanding 32 percent, up by 2 percent from his previous rating the previous week.
However, a closer look shows the survey was conducted from April 5 to 10 which was before the rape remark issue surfaced.
This means that only the following surveys will tell whether the tough-talking mayor’s popularity will take a dent due to his “gutter language” manner of speaking.
Meanwhile, Senator Grace Poe remained at second spot with 25 percent, the same as her previous rating.
Vice President Jejomar Binay and administration bet Mar Roxas II still shared the third place with 20 and 18 percent, respectively.
Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, whose noticeable absence from the second presidential debates spurred questions about her health lagged behind with a mere 1 percent.
This Pulse Asia survey had 4,000 respondents with a ± 1.5 margin of error.