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Poe, Binay, Roxas keep lead in September poll

SENATOR Grace Poe maintained her lead in the presidential race while Vice President Jejomar Binay and former Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II placed second and third, respectively, a new Social Weather Stations-Business World survey revealed on Wednesday.

The Sept. 2 to 5 survey had a sampling error margin of  ±3 percentage points for national percentages. It polled 1,200 respondents nationwide of whom 96 percent were registered voters.

Poe, Binay, Roxas

Of the registered voters, 26 percent said they would vote for neophyte lawmaker Poe while 24 percent picked Binay and 20 percent chose Roxas, the Liberal Party’s standard bearer.

Behind the three were Davao City Mayor Rodrigo  Duterte (11 percent), Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (4 percent), Senator Francis Escudero (4 percent), former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada (3 percent), Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago (2 percent) and former Senator Manuel Villar Jr. (1 percent).

Former Senator Panfilo Lacson, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano and Senator Loren Legarda had a 0.8- percent rating in the survey in which 2 percent of the respondents were undecided.

The respondents were furnished with a BusinessWorld-approved list of 12 names to choose from and they answered orally.

They were asked the question “Among the names found in this list, who will you probably vote for as President of the Philippines if elections were held today?”

The list was in alphabetical order and included nicknames.

In the vice presidential SWS survey, Poe and Escudero led  in the BusinessWorld-SWS September 2015 pre-election survey.

Some 27 percent of the registered voters chose  Poe and 20 percent picked Escudero.

Escudero last week announced he was running as Poe’s vice-presidential candidate.

The others in the list obtained single-digit scores: Duterte (9 percent), Marcos (7 percent), Estrada (7 percent), Cayetano (5 percent), Legarda (5 percent), Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto (4 percent), Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (4 percent), Lacson (3 percent), Camarines Rep. Leni Robredo (3 percent), Senator Jinggoy Estrada (2 percent), and former Manila mayor and now Buhay Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza Jr. (0.9 percent).

Three percent of the respondents were undecided.

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