Poe keeps top rating in latest SWS survey

SENATOR Grace Poe is still the preferred candidate for President in the 2016 elections based on a survey conducted by Social Weather Stations on Sept. 2 to 5, the polling body said Monday.

Former Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II, the ruling Liberal Party’s standard bearer, jumped to second place to overtake Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Poe welcomed the survey results and thanked the Filipino people.

“From the bottom of my heart, I thank the Filipino people for their support and trust,” Poe said.

Roxas welcomed his higher ratings, as did Senate President Franklin Drilon and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., both LP members. 

Reps. Gus Tambunting and Silvestre Belo III questioned the survey result while Reps. Rodolfo Albano III, Ben Evardone and Edgar Erice welcomed it. 

Poe’s rating rose to 47 percent, five points higher than her result in the second quarter of June this year.

Roxas advanced to second place with 39 percent from 21 percent. Roxas was anointed by President Benigno Aquino III as his preferred successor on July 31.

Binay ranked third with his 35-percent rating, which was one point higher than in June, while Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte placed fourth with 16 percent.

Senator Francis Escudero received 6 percent,  Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. 5 percent, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada 3 percent, and Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, former Senator Panfilo Lacson, former House Speaker Manny Villar, and Senator Allan Peter Cayetano 1 percent.

Poe also remained the top choice for vice president after she added four points from June to reach 25 percent.

Escudero went up to 18 percent from 7 percent, Marcos went up to 6 percent from 1 percent, and Binay went down to 5 percent from 7 percent.

Duterte remained at 3 percent, while Cayetano went up to 3 percent from 2 percent.

Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo received 2 percent after having received no rating in June, while Senators Loren Legarda, Antonio Trillanes IV and Miriam Defensor Santiago and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada received 1 percent each.

The others who also rated 1 percent were Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, former House Speaker Manny Villar, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao and former Senator Panfilo Lacson.

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