Poe tops new SWS poll

The Philippine Star - - NEWS - By HE­LEN FLORES

Sen. Grace Poe is the top choice among pre­ferred sen­a­to­rial can­di­dates for the 2019 midterm elec­tions based on a re­cent So­cial Weather Sta­tions (SWS) com­mis­sioned by a cer­tain Alde Joselito Pag­u­layan.

The poll, taken from Sept. 15 to 23, showed Poe lead­ing the race with a 52-per­cent voter pref­er­ence.

The 1,500 re­spon­dents were pro­vided with a list of 39 names and were al­lowed to choose up to 12 names.

Poe was fol­lowed by Sen. Cyn­thia Vil­lar (46 per­cent), Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano (37 per­cent) and Sen. Nancy Binay (31 per­cent).

Tied in fifth and sixth places were former se­na­tor Lito Lapid and Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pi­mentel III, each with 30 per­cent, fol­lowed closely by former se­na­tor Jinggoy Estrada at sev­enth with 29 per­cent.

Com­plet­ing the win­ning cir­cle were Sen. Sonny An­gara (eighth place, 26 per­cent), pres­i­den­tial daugh­ter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Car­pio (ninth, 24 per­cent), Ilo­cos Norte Gov. Imee Mar­cos, former se­na­tor Mar Roxas and Sen. Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV (10th to 12th, 22 per­cent each).

Tak­ing the 13th to 16th slots were former Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice chief Ron­ald dela Rosa, former se­na­tor Serge Os­meña and Sen. JV Ejercito and Robin Padilla with 19 per­cent each.

Que­zon City Mayor Her­bert Bautista oc­cu­pied the 17th spot with a voter pref­er­ence of 16 per­cent, fol­lowed by former se­na­tor Ra­mon “Bong” Revilla Jr. (15 per­cent), former se­na­tor TG Guing­ona (12 per­cent), Pres­i­den­tial Po­lit­i­cal Ad­viser Francis To­lentino (11 per­cent) and Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Pres­i­dent Bong Go and Speaker Glo­ria Ma­ca­paga-Ar­royo with 10 per­cent each.

In an­other SWS’ com­mis­sioned sur­vey re­leased on Thurs­day, Vil­lar was the lead­ing sen­a­to­rial can­di­date for 2019, fol­lowed by Poe and Cayetano.

The poll, spon­sored by can­di­date To­lentino, was also con­ducted from Sept. 15 to 23 but used a dif­fer­ent set of names.

Both sur­veys, how­ever, showed six per­cent of re­spon­dents re­main un­de­cided.

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