SWS: De Castro, Loren are top prez bets for 2010


Vice President Noli de Castro and Sen. Loren Legarda are the top two presidential choices to succeed President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the 2010 polls, results of the Second Quarter 2008 Social Weather Stations survey said Tuesday.

Three out of ten Filipinos or 31 percent of the respondents chose De Castro as their top presidential bet followed by Legarda with 26 percent. Twenty-five percent of respondents chose Senate President Manuel Villar as their choice for president.

The SWS survey used face-to-face interviews to 1,200 respondents, who were divided into random samples representing 300 each in Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. SWS claimed a sampling margin error of ±3 percent.

In the survey conducted June 27 to 30, adult respondents were asked the question: “Under the present Constitution, the term of President Arroyo is up to 2010 only, and there will be an election for a new President in May 2010. Who do you think are the good leaders who should succeed President Arroyo as President? You may give up to three names."

The respondents were not provided a list of names, giving them the chance to name three of their presidential bets.

Other names that emerged were mostly from the opposition namely Senators Panfilo Lacson (16 percent), Francis Escudero (14 percent), Manuel ‘Mar’ Roxas (13 percent), former President Joseph Estrada (11 percent) and Francis Pangilinan (2 percent).

Fifteen percent failed to give an answer, while eight percent had no one to recommend.

Compared to the previous SWS survey, the proportion of respondents who favored De Castro and Legarda slightly dropped down by four points. De Castro dropped from 35 percent to 31 percent while Legarda dropped from 30 percent down to 26 percent. There was a three-point decline for Roxas (from 16 percent to 13 percent) and Estrada (14 percent to 11 percent). Escudero went down to 14 percent from the previous 19 percent while Villar leaped 8 points from 17 percent to 25 percent.

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