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.