The front-runner to be the next President of the Philippines, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, kept his lead in the last opinion poll before Monday’s elections.
Duterte maintained a 33 percent preference rating among 4,500 registered voters nationwide, in the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) pre-election survey, conducted from May 1 to 3, the same period when issues about his alleged hidden wealth came into public consciousness.
His rating remained unchanged from his previous rating in the SWS poll, taken from April 18 to 20.
Results of these SWS surveys have all been first published in BusinessWorld.
Coming in second place is Sen. Grace Poe at 22 percent, down two percentage points; and third is former Interior secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd, with 20 percent.
In fourth place is Vice President Jejomar Binay at 13 percent, and last is Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago at 2 percent.
The survey showed that 6 percent of respondents remained undecided, up from 3 percent previously.
Meanwhile, respondents who dropped in ballots with invalid markings increased to 6 percent from 5 percent, the SWS said.
The SWS survey used face-to-face interviews of 4,500 validated voters nationwide–300 in Metro Manila, 950 in North Luzon, 750 in South Luzon, 1,000 in the Visayas and 750 each in North Mindanao and South Mindanao.
It has a sampling error margin of plus or minus one percentage point for national percentages.
The race for the vice presidency is a close fight between Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Camarines Sur 3rd District Rep. Leni Robredo.
Marcos, son and namesake of the late strongman, obtained 29 percent of votes of the 4,500 validated voter-respondents based on the latest SWS poll.
He is statistically tied with Liberal Party’s Robredo, who obtained 28 percent.
Both Marcos and Robredo experienced gains in their scores–four points and two points, respectively–from the previous SWS survey, taken from April 18 to 20.
Sen. Francis Escudero, meanwhile, remained at third spot at 15 percent, a three-point drop from his previous survey showing.
Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano also dropped three points to 13 percent.
Sen. Gregorio Honasan received three percent from two percent, followed by Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th, who also got three percent from five percent.
The survey showed about five percent of the respondents remained undecided.
Four percent of the respondents, meanwhile, dropped in ballots with invalid markings.
In the senatorial derby, LP candidates continue to dominate, with Senate President Franklin Drilon topping the list with voter preference of 42 percent.
Sen. Vicente Sotto 3rd of the Nationalist People’s Coalition came in second with 39 percent.
Sharing the third to fourth slots were former senator Francis Pangilinan and world boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao with 34 percent each.
Former Akbayan representative Risa Hontiveros occupied fifth spot with 33 percent.
Hontiveros is running under the LP-led Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid.
In statistical tie from sixth to eight spots are returning Sen. Panfilo Lacson Jr., incumbent Senator Sergio Osmeña 3rd and former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority chief Joel Villanueva, with 31 percent.
Also statistically tied in the ninth and 10th spots are former senator Richard Gordon and reelectionist Ralph Recto, receiving 30 percent each.
The 11th and 12th spots are a close fight between returning senator Juan Miguel Zubiri and formerJ secretary Leila de Lima, who obtained 29 percent each.
Trailing at 13th spot is businessman and former Valenzuela City (Metro Manila) Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, who got 27 percent.