Loren, Chiz still tops in SWS survey
MANILA, Philippines – Re-electionist Senators Loren Legarda, Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Alan Peter Cayetano continued to top a pre-election survey, this time conducted by private pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS).
The survey, conducted last November 29 -December 3, 2012 and first published in BusinessWorld, showed Legarda topping the survey with 68% of the respondents’ votes. She is followed by Escudero, who got 61% of the vote, and Cayetano with 58%.
Legarda and Escudero are common candidates of the administration coalition and the United Nationalist Alliance. Cayetano is part of the administration slate.
The survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults in Metro Manila, the Balance of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. It has sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages and ±6% for area percentages.
In 4th place is former Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar (administration) with 51% of the vote, followed by San Juan City Rep. Joseph Victor Ejercito (UNA) with 49%.
Re-electionist Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III (admin) and Cagayan Rep. Juan Ponce “Jack” Enrile Jr. (UNA) were tied at 6-7 places with 46%.
Re-electionist Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan was in 8th place with 43%, while Nancy Binay and Juan Miguel Zubiri tied for 9-10 places with 41%.
Another re-electionist, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, placed 11th in the survey with 40%.
A former senator, Richard Gordon, got the last slot with 37%.
Aurora Rep. Sonny Angara, son of Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara, placed 13th in the survey with 35%. He previously placed 5-7 in the SWS survey last August.
The new SWS survey was conducted differently from the one in August. Last August, respondents were given a list of 31 names and then asked which candidates they would most likely vote for in the 2013 midterm elections.
The respondents gave their answers orally.
In the new survey, the respondents were given sample ballots with a list of 32 names. They were then asked to choose 12 names from the list.
The respondents were allowed to fill in their ballot in private, and then deposit it in a container brought by the interviewer. With a report by BusinessWorld