Friday, January 8, 2010

Villar trims Noynoy’s lead (11 points separating leading bets – SWS)

Saturday, 09 January 2010 00:00

Original Story:

Liberal Party presidential candidate Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd kept his lead in the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, but his edge over chief rival, Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar of the Nacionalista Party, had been reduced.

The SWS survey conducted on December 27 to 28, 2009 gave Aquino 44 percent and Villar, 33 percent.

In the SWS survey on December 5 to 10, 2009, Aquino had 46 percent and Villar, 27 percent, for a 19 percent difference.

Former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada retained his third slot but shed 1 percentage point in the new SWS survey to 15 percent from his previous 16 percent.

Coming in fourth is administration bet Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro, a cousin of Aquino, with 5 percent.

Some 2,100 respondents were asked on whom they would vote for president if the elections were held today.

The survey, reportedly commissioned by House Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora, had a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percent.

Former Rep. Gilbert Remulla of Cavite, now Nacionalista Party spokesman, said that he was confident there would be a parity between Aquino and Villar in the next two months.

Remulla added that the advertisements of Villar had helped bridge the gap between the Nacionalistas and Aquino.

Allergic to debates
There have been criticisms that Villar has been shying away from debates, and that this has alienated him from potential supporters. Remulla said that this would no longer be the case.

“Senator Villar will participate in a debate this Saturday,” the Nacionalista spokesman. “The decision of the Commission on Elections to trim down the number of presidential candidates has also helped in ensuring his participation in the debates.”

He said that the survey results showed that all the mud thrown at Villar had been ignored by the people.

“They have thrown so many charges against Senator Villar, but his ratings have not been affected,” Remulla added.

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