Binay tops new SWS presidential survey

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Vice President Jejomar Binay (File photo)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – Vice President Jejomar Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) maintained his lead in the latest presidential survey released by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) on Friday (January 15).

But this time, Binay no longer shared the top spot with Sen. Grace Poe.

In the nationwide survey conducted from January 8 to 10, Binay received 31 percent of the respondents’ votes while Poe at second place got only 24 percent.

Binay and Poe were tied in the last SWS survey conducted from December 12 to 14 last year, with both of them receiving 26 percent of the votes.

In the new survey, Poe is statistically tied with Liberal Party (LP) presidential bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as the survey claims a margin of error of ±3 points.

Roxas received 21 percent of votes, while Duterte got 20 percent. Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago trailed far behind with only three percent.

SWS asked the preferences of 1,200 validated voters, or registered voters, whose biometrics have been captured by the Voter Registration Machine (VRM) of the Commission on Elections (Comelec). According to the Comelec only validated voters can vote on the May 9 elections.

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Respondents were asked the question: “Sa mga sumusunod na pangalan sa listahang ito, sino po ang malamang ninyong iboboto bilang presidente ng Pilipinas, kung ang eleksyon ay gaganapin ngayon?”

[Translation: “Among the following names on this list, who would you most likely vote as president of the Philippines, if elections were held today?”]

Binay vows to work harder

After winning the SWS presidential survey for two consecutive months, Binay vowed to "work harder for the people" in a statement released on Friday.

"It will encourage him to work harder in order to demonstrate his actions to uplift our people's lives, fight poverty and provide employment," Atty. Rico Quicho, vice presidential spokesperson for political affairs, said.

Binay’s score increased by five percentage points from December 2015 to January 2016.

Analysts had earlier said they expected Binay’s surge in polls.

They said Binay benefited from the controversies hounding his fellow presidential candidates. Despite the corruption charges against him, the public preferred him as president.

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However, Binay’s score decreased by six percentage points from his 37 percent in December 2014, when the first SWS survey on 2016 presidential candidates was held.

LP: Binay should not be too comfortable

LP's slate also known as the Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid said Binay's camp should not be too comfortable with the latest SWS result.

“That’s a number that they shouldn’t be comfortable with. That’s a number that can still go down if they cannot adequately answer yung mga accusations against them,” spokesman Barry Gutierrez said.

He added that with the corruption allegations against Binay, people are bound to change their minds as election nears.

He said the LP is happy with Roxas' "slow and steady" rise in surveys.

Meanwhile, Poe also welcomed the results of the survey, saying she values the results of public opinion surveys "as an impetus to remain steadfast" in her work.

Amid her disqualification issues, she also called on her supporters to help spread the word that she is still a candidate for president.

Escudero consistent top VP

Poe’s running mate, Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, maintained his lead among the vice presidential hopefuls with 28 percent of the votes.

However, he is statistically tied now with Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos who got 25 percent.

Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano followed with 17 percent and 14 percent, respectively.

Sens. Gringo Honasan and Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV were far behind in the survey with eight percent and three percent of the votes.

Sotto leads senatorial race

Meanwhile, Sen. Vicente "Tito" Sotto III continues to be the top choice in the senatorial race.

Here is the complete list of senatorial aspirants who topped the latest SWS pre-election survey:

Sotto, Vicente III "Tito" (Nationalist People’s Coalition) 56%

Lacson, Panfilo "Ping" (Ind.) 49%

Recto, Ralph (LP) 46%

Pangilinan, Francis "Kiko" (LP) 46%

Drilon, Franklin "Frank" (LP) 43%

Osmeña, Sergio III "Serge" (Ind.) 42%

Zubiri, Miguel "Migz" (Ind.) 39%

Pacquiao, Emmanuel "Manny" (UNA) 37%

De Lima, Leila Norma Eulalia Josefa (LP) 33%

Gordon, Richard "Dick" (Bagumbayan-VNP) 31%

Guingona, Teofisto III "TG" (LP) 28%

Hontiveros, Ana Theresia “Risa” (LP) 28 %

Moreno, Isko (Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino) 28%

CNN Philippines' Ina Andolong contributed to this report.