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Grace Poe still poll front runner, Mar Roxas No. 2 – SWS

MANILA, Philippines – Neophyte Senator Grace Poe continues to be the front runner in the presidential race, based on the results of the latest poll of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) conducted in early September.

The SWS survey results, first published in BusinessWorld at 11 pm on Sunday, September 20, also showed administration standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II advancing to second place, further dislodging Vice President Jejomar Binay who is now ranked third.

The results of the survey, which was taken from September 2 to 5, showed voters' preference for Poe at 47%, up by 5 percentage points from 42% in June. These results indicate which potential candidates are on top of people's minds, though they may not reflect actual voting preferences.

A month prior to the survey, Aquino endorsed Roxas as standard-bearer of the Liberal Party. Meanwhile, the survey was taken as the Iglesia ni Cristo held and ended their nationwide protests against the government's supposed interference with internal church matters.

Among the 3 declared presidential candidates, Roxas posted the highest jump in voters' preference – 39% in September from 21% in June, an 18-percentage point increase.

Voters' preference for Binay was statistically unchanged at 35%, from 34% in June.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who had announced that he would not seek the presidency, was fourth with 16%, from 20% in June. 

The others are Senator Francis Escudero, 6%; Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr, 5%; former president now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, 3%; Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, 2%; and former senators Panfilo Lacson and Manuel Villar, and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, 1%.

The survey asked 1,200 respondents nationwide to name a maximum of 3 people they believe should succeed President Benigno Aquino III.

Poe, Chiz top 2 picks for vice president

The survey also results showed declared presidential candidate Poe leading the  vice presidential race with 25% voters' preference, followed by running mate Senator Francis Escudero with 18%.

Voters' preference for Camarines Sur Third District Representative Leni Robredo, who was offered to be Roxas' running mate last week, is at 2%. Robredo was not part of the past two surveys covering the months of March and June.

Voters' preference for Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr, who is being eyed as Binay's vice presidential candidate, is at 6%; Roxas, 6%; Binay, 5%; and  Cayetano and Duterte, both at 3%.

Others obtained 1% voters' preference: Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, Estrada, Santiago, Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima,  Villar, Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao, and Lacson.

Unlike the presidential preference poll, respondents were asked to list only one preferred vice presidential candidate.

The survey results had sampling error margins of ±3 percentage points for national percentages and ±6  percentage points each for Metro Manila, Balance of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. – Rappler.com