Friday, January 8, 2010

Villar chops Noynoy lead in special SWS survey

January 8, 2010, 5:20pm

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Nacionalista Party standard bearer Sen. Manny Villar’s chances of becoming the next President is getting stronger as he continues to close in on Liberal Party candidate Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, gaining six percentage points in a special December survey of pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Based on the special survey conducted from December 27 to 28, Villar got a 33 percent rating while Aquino scored 44 percent or a difference of mere 11 percent. Villar’s surge came less than three weeks from his 27 percent in an earlier December 5-10 survey of the SWS.

Some 2,100 respondents were polled with the question: “Sa mga sumusunod na pangalan sa listahang ito, sino po ang malamang ninyong iboboto bilang PRESIDENTE ng Pilipinas, kung ang eleksyon ay gaganapin ngayon?”

The year-end special SWS survey has a plus/minus 2.2 percent margin of error and is said to be privately commissioned by House Minority Leader San Juan Rep. Ronaldo Zamora.

The survey also showed Villar apparently benefitting from a shift in voting preference over the last three weeks in December as respondents start to put a premium on proven competence, leadership and accomplishments.

Villar has anchored his presidential bid on his promise – backed by experience and accomplishments – to bring out his countrymen from poverty.

Former president Joseph Estrada retained his third slot but shed one percentage point in the new SWS survey to 15 percent from his previous 16 percent.

Coming in fourth is administration bet Gilbert Teodoro, a cousin of Aquino, whose survey performance remained flat at 5 percent, similar to his December 5-10 rating.

Television evangelist Eddie Villanueva’s ratings also did not move at 1 percent.

Senator Richard Gordon scored 0.5 percent from his earlier 0.9 percent while Senator Jamby Madrigal and independent John Carlos de los Reyes tied with 0.4 percent each from their previous 0.2 percent and 0.1 percent, respectively.

NP spokesman and senatorial candidate Gilbert Remulla expressed belief that Villar will be able to overtake Aquino in the next two months based on the present trend.

“I believe that in the next months there will be parity. We will see the trending in the surveys and popularity. It is meeting already. It is poised to meet within February to March, March at the latest.

“The NP is very confident that it will happen. We are happy that while Sen. Villar goes around the country, the support for him is getting stronger,” Remulla added.

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