Roxas, re-electionist senators top SWS surveys

Posted at 03/09/10 1:58 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Liberal Party vice-presidential bet lost Manuel "Mar" Roxas dropped 4 percentage points but remained the overwhelming choice in the vice-presidential race, according to the latest survey of Social Weather Stations.

A report from the Nacionalista Party of Sen. Manny Villar showed Roxas getting 45% of the votes in the February 24-28 survey. Roxas's rating is 4 points down from his previous rating of 49% in the January 21-24 survey.

On the other hand, Nacionalista VP bet Loren Legarda remained steady at 28% while Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino VP bet Jejomar Binay improved by one percentage point at 17%.

Former Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Bayani Fernando ranked a distant fourth in the VP race with 3% while Lakas-Kampi vice-presidential bet Edu Manzano placed fifth with 2%.

Other vice-presidential candidates included in the SWS survey are Jose "Jay" Sonza (1%), Perfecto "Kidlat" Yasay Jr. (0.4%) and  Dominador "Jun" Chipeco Jr. (0.4%).

The February 24-28 survey used face-to-face interviews of 2,100 registered voters nationwide. It has sampling error margins of ±2.2% for national percentages, ±6% for Metro Manila, and ±4% for Balance Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

The same SWS survey also showed re-electionists topping the race for the Senate if elections were held today.

The SWS poll showed Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. (54%), Pia Cayetano (51%), Jinggoy Estrada (47%) and Miriam Defensor-Santiago (46%) in the top 4 slots. They are followed closely by former Senate President Franklin Drilon (45%) and former senator and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director General Ralph G. Recto (41%).

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile (40%) placed 7th in the race, followed by former senator Tito Sotto (39%).

Rounding off the top 12 are Ilocos Norte Rep. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. (32%), Sen. Lito Lapid (31%), former senator Sergio Osmeña (31%) and independent candidate Atty. Gwendolyn "Gwen" D. Pimentel, daughter of Sen. Aquilino Pimentel (27%).