MANILA – In the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, Senator Grace Poe maintained her lead among the preferred presidential candidates while former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II took over the second spot and displaced Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay who now ranked third.
The presidential preferences survey, which was first released by BusinessWorld, showed that Poe’s current preference rate of 47 percent increased by five percentage points from her rate in the previous polls.
Roxas, on the other hand, went past Binay, garnering 39 percent preference rate. The former Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) chief was recently endorsed by President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s as his ‘anointed one’ or preferred successor.
Binay, who used to be a frontrunner, placed second in June and third in September with 35 percent preference rate. Davao Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte, for his part, only had 16 percent which ranked him as the fourth preferred presidential candidate.
The SWS survey was conducted from September 2 to 5 and had sampling error margins of three percent for national percentages and six percent for Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
Meanwhile, the SWS survey on preferred vice presidential candidates was also led by Poe who was followed by her running mate Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero.