SWS: Poe leads presidential race; Binay, Roxas statistically tied in second

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(File photo) Sen. Grace Poe

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Independent presidential candidate Grace Poe overtook United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) bet Jejomar Binay as the top choice for president based on the latest pre-election survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

The nationwide survey revealed that 27 percent of registered Filipino voters with biometrics would elect Poe for president if the May 9 polls were held at that time.

It was conducted from March 4 to 7 — prior to the decision of the Supreme Court on Poe's case — via face-to-face interviews with 1,800 validated voters and has a ± 2 percent error margin.

Kung ang eleksyon ay gaganapin ngayon, sino po ang malamang ninyong iboboto bilang PRESIDENTE, BISE-PRESIDENTE, at mga SENADOR, ng PILIPINAS? Narito ang listahan ng mga kandidato,” the survey asked.

[Translation: "If the elections were held now, who would you likely vote as PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT, and SENATORS, of the PHILIPPINES? Here is the list of the candidates."]

Binay came in second with 24 percent, while administration bet Manuel "Mar" Roxas II is in third with 22 percent.

With the survey's ± 2 percent error margin, Binay and Roxas are statistically tied.

PDP-Laban presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte garnered 21 percent — three points down from the last SWS survey, while Miriam Defensor-Santiago remained at four percent.


'Humbled and grateful'

During an ambush interview at Sta. Barbara Market in Iloilo, Poe said she is grateful for the results of the survey.

"Sen. Poe is humbled and grateful to the Filipino voting public who continue to stand by her candidacy despite all the negative attacks thrown her way," said Poe's spokesman Mayor Rex Gatchalian.

He also said "the support serves as inspiration for her to continue to push for her platform of governance."

"The data from the survey will serve as guide for her next campaign moves. Our resolve is to remain focused on amplifying our message of inclusive governance," he added.

Poe said she and Escudero will continue to go around and reach out to more voters.

Meanwhile, Binay's camp was unfazed with the survey results.

"We wish that hopefully the results of the survey would truly reflect what is happening on the ground and what can be seen in the media coverage of our sorties and rallies," said UNA Spokesperson Atty. Rico Quicho.

For Roxas, the important survey is the one that happens on May 9.

"Ang pinakamahalagang survey ay yung actual na mangyayare sa ika-siyam ng Mayo at ako tiwala ako na sa dulo mananalo ang karapat-dapat, mananalo ang malinis," he said.

[Translation: The most important survey is what actually happens on May 9 and I believe that in the end the most worthy and clean candidate will win.]

Robredo makes big leap

Poe's running mate, Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero, is statistically tied with Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. at the top spot in the vice presidential derby. Escudero scored 28 percent, while Marcos had 26 percent.

Rep. Leni Robredo came in third with 24 percent, going up five percentage points from the previous SWS survey.

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano slid down to 11 percent, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV six percent, while Sen. Gringo Honasan got only five percent.

Sotto still leads Senate race

Sen. Vicente "Tito" Sotto III remains as the top senatorial choice with 53 percent.

Former senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson is in second with 46 percent, while Senate President Frank Drilon scored 44 percent.

Rounding out the top five are Sen. Ralph Recto and former senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan with 43 percent each.

Poe, Duterte lead Magdalo survey

Poe also led in the latest Magdalo pre-election survey with 31 percent.

Closely trailing in second in the survey conducted March 2 to 4 is Duterte with 29.5 percent.

Binay ranked third with 21.5 percent, Roxas with 14.3 percent, and  Santiago 3.3 percent.

The survey had 3,000 respondents and has a margin error of ±1.8 percent.

CNN Philippines senior correspondent David Santos and correspondent AC Nicholls contributed to this report.