Poe, Santiago and Binay bag top 3 on presidentiables list

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(L to R) Sen. Grace Poe, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Vice Pres. Jejomar Binay

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Yet another survey shows Senator Grace Poe leaving behind other officials possibly eyeing the presidency.

A new survey released on Friday (July 17) by consultancy firm Publicus Asia showed Poe as the respondents' top choice for president — with 20 percent of the respondents picking her as their choice.

Sen. Miriam Santiago landed on second place with 16 percent and Vice Pres. Jejomar Binay at third with 14 percent.

Sen. Chiz Escudero took the fourth spot with 11 percent.

The presumed administration bet, Interior Sec. Mar Roxas, ranked 7th with just five percent.

In the survey, Poe even beat Escudero in southern Luzon which was said to be his turf.

While she kept topping surveys, analysts warn it's not always good news.

According to Prof. Prospero de Vera, there had been may instances in the past where front-runners lost the elections.

"Some of them lost because they didn't have the machinery. Some opponents would perform better during the campaign," De Vera explained.

For his part, Antonio Contreras said the being ahead had its downside.

"Now that Grace is at the front, then she will be attacked," Contreras said. "Corruption may not be the issue that will be leveled against her but it will be sincerity now."

Roxas was way behind in the survey — even trailing behind Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who got 7 percent.

If he's determined to run and wants to pull up his ratings, De Vera said Roxas should distance himself from the president.

"You bear burden of having to defend everything the president does, especially the mistakes, the closer you are to the president the lower rating will be."

Binay-Poe vs. Roxas-Poe duo

The survey also asked about people's preferred tandem of candidates for 2016.

If Poe were to run for president — most respondents chose Escudero as her vice-president.

Senator Santiago came in as the second most preferred.

Poe also turned out to be the most popular choice for vice president — she was the top pick for all the other possible candidates for vice-president.

The Binay-Poe tandem was the top choice in the National Capital Region — quite the opposite for the Roxas-Poe tandem that got zero percent backing in NCR.

The survey targeted respondents ages 17 to 45 years old, the age group comprising more than 60 percent of voters.