Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Poll: Legarda catches up with Roxas

Original Story: http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/insideNews.htm?f=2009/december/22/news1.isx&d=/2009/december/22

SENATOR Benigno Aquino III kept his double-digit lead in the latest presidential survey released Monday by Pulse Asia, but Senator Manuel Villar and former President Joseph Estrada made significant gains in the Dec. 8 to 10 survey compared with an earlier survey.

In the vice-presidential race, Senator Loren Legarda gained 14 percent since the October survey and was now statistically tied for first place with Senator Manuel Roxas II, with each being favored by nearly four out of 10 respondents, the survey said.

Aquino, the Liberal Party’s standard bearer, garnered 45 percent in the survey, leading the Nacionalista Party’s Villar by 22 percent and Estrada of the Puwersa ng Masa by 26 percent, the polling firm said, with Villar being picked by 23 percent of the respondents and Estrada by 19 percent.

But the son of the late President Corazon Aquino gained only 1 percent from the October survey, while Villar gained 4 percent and Estrada recorded an 8-percent gain, the results showed.

Former Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro Jr., the ruling Lakas-Kampi-CMD’s standard-bearer, gained 3 percent but remained behind the top three after he was chosen by only 5 percent of the respondents.

With a plus-minus 2-percent margin of error, Pulse Asia said Villar and Estrada were statistically tied.

From October’s Ulat ng Bayan survey, Aquino’s support remained practically unchanged.

“There is, however, a significant improvement in voter preference for former President Estrada and marginal increases in the support for Senator Villar and Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard-bearer Gilbert Teodoro,” Pulse Asia said.

Senator Richard Gordon and evangelist Eddie Villanueva were each picked by only 1 percent of the respondents.

While 15 candidates were listed in the survey, Pulse Asia did not publish the names of those who were picked by less than 1 percent of the respondents.

From the 99 aspirants who filed their candidacy before the Commission on Elections, the poll body pared the list to eight candidates after weeding out nuisance candidates and those considered having inadequate funds to run a national campaign in the run-up to the May 2010 polls.

The final list includes Aquino, Villar, Teodoro, Estrada, Bagumbayan Party’s Gordon, Bangon Pilipinas Party’s Villanueva, independent Senator Ana Consuelo Madrigal, and Ang Kapatiran’s Olongapo Councilor John Carlo de los Reyes.

In the Dec. 8 to 10 survey, Pulse Asia asked 1,800 respondents: Of the people on this list, whom would you vote president of the Philippines if the 2010 elections were held today and they were the candidates for president?

The survey firm said 27 percent of the respondents “opted for a candidate because he/she cared for the poor, while 21 percent cited a candidate’s being not corrupt or having a clean record.”

Pulse Asia also asked the respondents: “Of the people on this list, whom would you vote for as vice president of the Philippines if the elections were held today and they were vice-presidential candidates?”

Senator Manuel Roxas, Aquino’s running mate, garnered 39 percent followed by Senator Loren Legarda, Villar’s running mate, with 37 percent. Jejomar Binay, Estrada’s running mate, obtained 14 percent, while Gordon’s running mate, former chairman Bayani Fernando of the Metro Manila Development Authority, and Teodoro’s running mate, actor and former Movie and Television Review and Classification Board chairman Eduardo Manzano, got 2 percent each.

Roxas was strongest in the Visayas at 58 percent, and Legarda in Luzon outside of Metro Manila at 43 percent. Both obtained a 41-percent rating among the Mindanao respondents, and essentially the same support from the D and E socio-economic classes.

“Senator Roxas, however, obtained near-majority support from the relatively well-off socio-economic class ABC,” Pulse Asia said.

Original Story: http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/insideNews.htm?f=2009/december/22/news1.isx&d=/2009/december/22

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