The BusinessWorld-Social Weather Stations (SWS) pre-election survey revealed that Davao City Mayor and Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte widened his lead against other presidential aspirants while Rep. Leni Robredo earned the highest rating in the vice-presidential race.
The survey was conducted from April 18-20, which covered Duterte’s controversial April 12 “rape joke” about an Australian woman. Duterte received a voter preference rating of 33%, which increased from an earlier BusinessWorld-SWS survey held March 30-April 2, where the latter had 27%.
Duterte pulled away from his nearest rival, Sen. Grace Poe, who has a 24% voter preference rating, up one percentage from previous poll. Now in third place is administration standard bearer Mar Roxas with 19% while Vice President Jejomar Binay came in fourth place with 14%. Still at the bottom of the pack is Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago with 2%.
The survey has an error margin of plus-minus 2points, which covered 1,800 validated voters.
ROBREDO SOARS TO NO. 1
The surge of Robredo in the vice-presidential race is a significant development. The survey reveals that the widow of the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo and human rights advocate gained seven percentage points with 26%, while erstwhile race leader Marcos has 25%. Robredo and Marcos are statistically tied.
Sen. Francis Escudero dropped to third place with 18%, followed by Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano with 16%, and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, 5%.
Sen. Gregorio Honasan II is still at last place with 2% voter preference rating, the survey said.
DRILON, SOTTO IN TOP 2
Liberal Party’s (LP) Franklin Drilon and Nationalist People’s Coalition’s (NPC) Vicente Sotto III, both reelectionist senators, are in the top two slots in the race for 12 seats in the Senate.
A significant development is boxer-politician Rep. Manny Pacquiao’s surge to place, followed by Francis Pangilinan, Panfilo Lacson, Juan Miguel Zubiri, Risa Hontiveros, Leila de Lima, Joel Villanueva, Sergio Osmeña III, and Richard Gordon.
Tied in the 12-13 places are reelectionist Sen. Ralph Recto and Valenzuela Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, the survey said.