NEXT year’s presidential elections would be a neck and neck race among the top three frontrunners, results of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey said.
According to the SWS presidential preference survey, Sen. Grace Poe, Vice President Jejomar Binay and former Interior secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd are “statistically tied.”
Poe–an independent who declared her intention to vie for the nation’s top-most elective position just last week–got the nod of 26 percent of the 1,200 respondents surveyed while Binay and Roxas got 24 and 20 percentage points, respectively.
The survey, which was reportedly designed by BusinessWorld, asked the respondents to select one name from an alphabetically-arranged list of possible presidential candidates.
It was conducted from September 2 to 5.
The respondents were asked, “Among the names found in this list, who will you probably vote for as President of the Philippines if elections were held today?”
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte came in fourth with 11 percent followed by Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero with 4 percent, deposed president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada had 3 percent, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago had 2 percent and former senator Manuel Villar Jr., 1 percent.
Former senator Panfilo Lacson and Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Loren Legarda each obtained 0.8 percent.
Two percent of the respondents were undecided.
Meanwhile, Poe and his running mate Escudero led the vice-presidential race in the September 2015 pre-election survey.
Based on the survey, 27 percent of registered voters chose Poe while 20 percent picked Escudero.
Duterte scored 9 percent, Marcos had 7 percent, Estrada had 7 percent, Cayetano 5 percent, Legarda 5 percent, Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto had 4 percent, Senator Antonio F. Trillanes 4th also had 4 percent, Lacson had 3 percent, Camarines Rep. Leni Robredo had 3 percent, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada had 2 percent and Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza, 0.9 percent.
Three percent of those polled were undecided.
Poe said she is looking forward to the next survey, which she said would reflect how the people take her intention to be the next leader of the land.
“I thank our countrymen for their continued confidence in me and my performance and hopes for the country,” she told reporters.
“I’m looking forward to the proceeding surveys where the respondents are already aware of my intention to run and have also had a preview of the programs I wish to promote and support,” the senator said.
Rico Quicho, the Vice President’s political spokesman, said the survey will inspire Binay and his supporters to work harder.
“The elections will be a battle for every single vote and the Vice President will continue to personally meet with the people around the country,” Quicho added.
WITH BERNICE CAMILLE V. BAUZON