THE results of the latest pre-election survey of Business World-Social Weather Stations showed Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Grace Poe leading the field in next year’s presidential elections.
Binay also led in another poll conducted by Pulse Asia Research Inc.
The results of the Dec. 12 to 14 BW-SWS survey among 1,200 respondents showed 26 percent picking Binay and Poe as the next president if the elections were held today.
The ruling Liberal Party welcomed the latest results of the BW-SWS survey in which its standard bearer Manuel Roxas II placed second.
Roxas’ spokesman Barry Gutierrez said things could still change before next year’s elections.
“What is clear here is that a substantial number of Filipinos are still deciding on which candidate to support, and a lot can still change before May 2016,” Gutierrez said.
The BW-SWS survey in September saw Poe and Binay in a statistical tie, with Poe’s 26 percent just two points over Binay’s, while Roxas had 20 percent.
In December, Roxas placed second with 22 percent followed by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte with 20 percent.
The Pulse Asia survey on Dec. 4 to 11 showed that 33 percent of the 1,800 respondents picked Binay for the highest office in the land, up from 19 percent in September.
Duterte placed second at 23 percent followed by Poe with 21 percent and Roxas with 17 percent.
“The recent survey results encourage the vice-president to double his effort of directly telling our people of his plans to uplift their lives and make the government relevant in solving poverty, unemployment and other lingering social ills,” Binay’s spokesman Rico Paolo Quicho said on Tuesday.
In a separate statement, Roxas said the most important survey would be the actual elections in May.
In the vice presidential race, Senator Francis Escudero was top choice with 30 percent (flat from November) followed by LP bet Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo and Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. who were tied with 19 percent. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano was hot on their heels with 17 percent.
Escudero also emerged as top choice for the country’s second-highest post in the Pulse Asia survey at 29 percent.
Escudero was followed by Marcos with 23 percent, Cayetano with 18 percent and Robredo with 14 percent.
In the senatorial race, Senators Vicente Sotto III and Ralph Recto and former food security presidential assistant Francis Pangilinan led the other aspirants.