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Villar top pick to succeed Arroyo; Noli, Loren rankings fall — SWS
SENATOR Manuel M. Villar has overtaken perennial favorite Vice-President Noli L. de Castro as the person voters see as succeeding President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo next year, new Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed.
Results of the second quarter survey, made exclusive to BusinessWorld, also showed a shakeup in the top three rankings, with erstwhile frontrunners Mr. de Castro and Senator Loren B. Legarda plunging to fourth and fifth, respectively.
All three were statistically tied during the last regular survey in February, although a SWS poll commissioned by Mr. Villar in May showed him in the lead.
In the latest survey, 33% of the respondents named Mr. Villar as the best choice for 2010, up from February’ 26% and May’s 29%.
In second place, with 25% from 13% previously, was former President Joseph E. Estrada, followed by senators Francis G. Escudero (fourth in February with 19%) and Manuel A. Roxas II (fifth, 15%) who were tied at third with 20%.
Mr. de Castro obtained 19% of votes, his lowest rating since September 2007, down from February’s 27% and the 21% in the Villar-commissioned survey.
“This is the first time that de Castro’s name is not the leading answer to the survey question,” the SWS said.
Ms. Legarda, meanwhile, saw her February share of 25% whittled down to 15%.
A political analyst, however, warned that it was difficult to say if the latest results truly reflected the Filipino voters’ choice, adding it was too early to determine who will top next year’s elections.
Respondents were asked: “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 good leaders who should succeed President Arroyo as President?”
No names were provided and respondents could recommend up to three candidates.
All others said to be possible “presidentiables” scored in the single digits, with sixth-placed Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson taking 7% and Makati Mayor Jejomar C. Binay with 4%.
Senator Richard J. Gordon, Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Bayani F. Fernando, and Mrs. Arroyo scored 1% each.
Other proferred candidates — Senator Francis N. Pangilinan, religious leader Eddie C. Villanueva, Defense Secretary Gilberto C. Teodoro, Jr., Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV, Pampanga Governor Ed T. Panlilio, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, an unspecified “Estrada,” and Senator Ramon B. Revilla, Jr. had scores below a percentage point.
Only Mr. Villar was available for comment, describing the result as “heartwarming.”
Political analyst Benito Lim of the Ateneo de Manila University, meanwhile, said most of those mentioned benefited from TV and ad exposure.
“We have not heard of others. People made their choices based on who they see and hear,” he said.
The survey, conducted from June 19 to 22, used face to face interviews of 1,500 adults. It had an error margin of plus or minus 2.5%. — from a report by B. S. Sto. Domingo