Poe grabs SWS survey lead from Binay; Escudero keeps VP race

By , on March 13, 2016

Sen. Grace Poe (left) grabbed the top spot from Vice Pres. Jejomar Binay (right) in the latest Social Weather Station (SWS) survey for president. (Facebook photos)
Sen. Grace Poe (left) grabbed the top spot from Vice Pres. Jejomar Binay (right) in the latest Social Weather Station (SWS) survey for president.
(Facebook photos)

MANILA—Amid propaganda and disqualification cases hurled against her, Sen. Grace Poe grabbed the top spot from Vice Pres. Jejomar Binay in the latest Social Weather Station (SWS) survey for president.

Poe, also a frontrunner in the latest surveys of Pulse Asia and Magdalo, gained three percentage points from SWS’ February survey commissioned by BusinessWorld to take lead with 27 percent from the 1,700 respondents.

Binay suffered a big drop, from 29 percent in February to 24 percent in the survey held from March 4 to 7.

The SWS survey was done before the Supreme Court (SC) ruled on March 8 that Poe is qualified to run for president.

Former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas of the ruling Liberal Party gained the most, improving from 18 points last month to 22 percent while Mayor Rodrigo Duterte skidded to fourth place with 21 percent from 24 percent in February.

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago remains in the fifth spot with still four-point share.

Meanwhile, Poe’s running mate Francis Escudero remains on top of the vice presidential race with 28 points, two percentage points higher compared to February figure.

Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos is considered statistically tied with Escudero for the top spot with 26 percent.

Roxas’ running mate, Rep. Leni Robredo, was also the biggest gainer, receiving 24 percent or five percentage point higher compared to last month’s SWS survey.

Duterte’s running mate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano also experienced a 5-point drop, now with 11 percent while Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has 6 percent and Binay’s tandem, Sen. Gregorio Honasan with 5 percent.

  • Annie Marasigan

    I really don’t get why some people keep dragging Senator Grace Poe down, when in fact she’s one of the most competent Presidential aspirants. We may consider her as neophyte, yes. But having been in politics for a decade will not measure one’s effectiveness in creating positive changes in the Philippines. I would rather choose a neophyte, who has corrupt-free record, than to remain myself in such a doff system and settle for less again.

    Further, I would like to give a chance to Senator Poe, not only because I know she has most of the capacities of a true leader but also because I am a child-rights advocate as well. In addition, Senator Poe’s vision in this country will surely lead her to create an impact and concrete output. Let’s not underestimate her abilities to lead us towards the CHANGES we’re all longing

  • Guest

    Together we can make a positive change to our society. Together we can change our government. Together we can make a stand and show everybody that we can.

    Grace Poe 2016

  • Fran Ramos

    Freedom of Information for the executive branch and universal free lunch for public schools are two of the first executive orders to be issued by Grace Poe if she wins the presidency. On the latter, Ciel Habito gives the justification in his Inquirer column:

    “The most disturbing observations from our report card concerned nutrition and school enrollment, both of which showed worsening trends. The patchy data on the proportion of underweight children showed it to have increased through the turn of the millennium. Remarkably, even the progressive province of Bulacan showed rising incidence of child malnutrition. The apparent explanation was the rapid influx of migrants into the province, lured by its bustling economy and improving social services, apart from its having been a favored relocation site for resettled squatters from the metropolis. Even as the province made strides to improve its social services, these were outstripped by rapidly rising demand due to such in-migration. The price of success, it seems, is even heavier challenges.

    This is worrisome because studies have long established a clear link between child malnutrition and inferior school performance and intellectual ability among young children. Worse, the problem is occurring right at the most critical years of the children’s intellectual development. Unless we act decisively, we risk throwing away an entire generation of Filipinos to intellectual mediocrity, if not inferiority, by sheer failure to feed them adequately. And with that goes our hope in the successor generation.”