Saturday, March 6, 2010

Aquino back as front-runner, thanks to Estrada

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LIBERAL Party standard bearer Senator Benigno Aquino III has regained the lead over his closest rival for the presidency, Nacionalista Party bet Senator Manuel Villar Jr., and by getting 36 percent to Villar’s 29 percent, the latest Pulse Asia survey shows.

The two were in a statistical tie in January. Villar dropped 6 percentage points from that survey, while Aquino’s showing was virtually unchanged.

Deposed President Joseph Estrada gained 6 percentage points with 18 percent first-choice votes.

The nationwide survey of 1,800 respondents, conducted Feb. 21 to 25, came after the Senate committee of the Whole recommended censuring Villar for unethical conduct and allegations of bribery in connection with the C-5 road project.

Pulse Asia said its latest survey results were consistent with a Jan. 28 to Feb. 3 Taylor Nelson Sofres survey showing Aquino regaining the lead following the Senate report recommending Villar’s censure.

In an interview on the cable news channel ANC, Aquino’s spokesman, Edwin Lacierda, said the C-5 controversy was taking its toll on Villar, whom he said showed poor leadership when he refused to answer questions from his Senate colleagues about the controversy.

He added that Villar was now faced with other allegations of corruption, the latest coming from Senator Richard Gordon, who claims that Villar tried to bribe him to drop out of the race. Villar denies the accusation.

In the February survey, administration candidate Gilberto Teodoro obtained 7 percent, a 2 percentage point increase from the January 2010 survey.

Bangon Pilipinas standard-bearer Eddie Villanueva, Senator Richard Gordon, Senator Jamby Madrigal, Nick Perlas, Vetallano Acosta, and John Carlos de los Reyes were statistically tied at the bottom between 0 and two percent.

Six percent of the respondents refused to answer or were undecided or gave no answer.

A total of 1,800 respondents were asked who they would vote for President if elections were held on the day of the survey.The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percent.

Voters’ desire for a presidential candidate who is not corrupt and who cares for the poor are still the top two reasons for their preferences.

Some 26 percent said they chose their candidate because he was not corrupt. Another 22 percent cited their candidates’ care for the poor.

The respondents also cited their candidates’ willingness to do something, history of helping others, character, and experience in government as reasons for their choices.

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