Vice Presidential candidate Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero has reacted to the results of the most recent survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), which showed him tied at the second place with Liberal Party bet Leni Robredo, and behind the now front-runner Senator Bongbong Marcos.
“Mataas man kami o mababa hindi namin pipintasan ang survey,” Escudero told reporters covering his campaign in Laguna on Monday, April 11.
The survey, commissioned by the Business World, was conducted between March 30 and April 2, days before the televised Vice Presidential debate. It made use of face-to-face interviews of 1,500 adults nationwide of which 92% are validated voters.
Escudero scored 21 percent in the First Quarter survey, down from 28 percent in the March 8-11 survey. Robredo is statistically-tied with him at second place with 19 percent. Though not much has changed in his own numbers, Marcos overtook both of them with 26 percent, up by 1 percent from the early March survey.
Senator Allan Peter Cayetano got 13% of the respondents, while Senators Gregorio Honasan II and Antonio Trillanes IV similarly got a score of 5%.
“Bahagi ‘yan ng hamon na kinakaharap ng kampanya. Bihira naman sa kampanya na lamang all the way,” said Escudero as he commented on the change in his numbers in the pre-election surveys.
In the SWS surveys, Escudero has always been leading the vice presidential race and maintained a comfortable lead with as high 11 differential points against Marcos in December 12-14 survey. He then became statistically-tied with Marcos in the February survey. The most recent survey showed the biggest dip in Escudero’s numbers in the pre-election surveys.
The same survey also showed Escudero’s running-mate Senator Grace Poe sliding to second spot as well, against her rival Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.