Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Grace Poe, administration standard-bearer Manuel ‘Mar’ Roxas 2nd and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo ‘Rody’ Duterte are “statistically tied” for the top spot in the latest presidential preference survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS).
The results were released a day after Pulse Asia revealed its own latest survey, which showed Binay regaining the No. 1 spot (33 percent) with Poe dropping to No. 3 (21 percent). Duterte took the second spot (23 percent).
The Pulse Asia survey was conducted from December 4 to 11.
The SWS surveyed 1,200 registered voters via face-to-face interviews from December 12 to 14.
The pollster took the views of 300 registered voters each in Metro Manila, rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
Margin of error was set at ±3 percent for national percentages and ±6 percent each for Metro Manila, Balance of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
Both Binay and Poe ranked No. 1 (26 percent) across the country with Roxas chosen by 22 percent and Duterte by 20 percent.
Duterte topped the survey among Metro Manila residents conducted last November.
Only 4 percent said they will vote for Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago.
Jose Rizalito “Lito” David got 0.1 percent, Camilo Sabio,0.04 percent and the rest of the presidential aspirants—Eli Pamatong, OFW Family party-list Rep. Roy Señeres and Augusto “Boboy” Syjuco Jr.–got zero.
While Binay and Poe got the highest scores in the survey, SWS said they are statistically tied with Roxas and Duterte for the top spot since the poll had a margin of error of ±3 percent.
In the September SWS survey, Binay, Poe and Roxas were statistically tied with 26 percent, 24 percent and 20 percent, respectively.
In the latest survey, the respondents were asked, “Sa mga sumusunod na pangalan sa listahang ito, sino po ang malamang ninyong iboboto bilang PRESIDENTE ng Pilipinas, kung ang eleksyon ay gaganapin ngayon [Among the names found on this list, who will you probably vote for as PRESIDENT of the Philippines, if elections were held today]?”
Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero topped the vice presidential survey with 30 percent.
Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo are tied in second place with 19 percent.
Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano got a rating of 17 percent while Sen. Gregorio Honasan scored 8 percent.
Malacañang is unfazed with the survey results.
“Public opinion surveys serve to heighten the citizens’ awareness on the candidates that would hopefully lead to greater interest beyond personalities and into platforms of governance,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a text message.
The Palace, however, said survey results for a particular candidate would go up and down but what they are anticipating is the presidential elections in May next year.
It added that in endorsing Roxas, President Benigno Aquino 3rd only wants to make sure that the gains under his Administration will continue.
Binay’s political spokesman, Rico Quicho, said, “The Vice President has exemplified that hard work and firm commitment to fight poverty will resonate well with the people. From his 24 percent rating in September, the Vice President has improved to 26 percent to claim the top spot in the SWS survey. Vice President Binay sincerely thanks our people for continuing to support and pray for him.”
Poe, meanwhile, said, “I accept with gratitude and humility the latest SWS survey results. I will continue to make the rounds all over the country, reach out to the people on the ground, and make known how the leadership we are offering would make the government genuinely work for them.”