SWS, Standard Today polls show impending Aquino victory

Despite the intensified black propaganda against Sen. Noynoy Aquino, the latest SWS and Manila Standard Today surveys show that Liberal Party standard bearer is poised for a convincing, if not, a landslide victory on May 10.

In the Business World-Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll held from April 16 to 19, Aquino widened his lead by 12 points over NP bet Sen. Manny Villar, compared to the nine percent margin he posted in the March 19-22 survey.

The LP presidential candidate increased by one point to 38 percent while Villar lost two points to drop further to 26 percent. At third place was former President Joseph Estrada whose ratings dropped from 19 to 17 percent. Lakas bet Gilberto Teodoro was fourth, gaining three points to 9 percent. The other presidential candidates rated at 2 percent and below.

Aquino spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that the results of the two surveys show that the “anti-corruption sentiment is resonating and Villar failed to address the issues surrounding him.”

“We hope that we will be able to convince more people in the upcoming surveys with our good news of anti-corruption and delivery of basic services,” he added.

According to the Businessworld-SWS survey, which polled 2,400 registered voters nationwide, Aquino was the frontrunner in all geographical areas and socio-economic classes.

He led Villar, 35-18, in the National Capital Region; 37-25 in the rest of Luzon; 46-25 in the Visayas; and 33-31 in Mindanao. Among socio-economic classes, Aquino scored highest against Villar, 53-22, in the ABC classes, while maintaining his lead in the D, 38-25, and E, 32-31, classes.

In the Manila Standard Today poll, Aquino’s lead over Villar was even bigger at 38-23 percent. At third was Estrada who gained one point to 19 percent, while Teodoro remained at single-digit levels at 9 percent.

The LP bet led in all regions and socio-economic classes in the Standard Today survey which was held from April 18-20 with 2,500 respondents nationwide.

In the vice presidential race, Aquino running mate Mar Roxas maintained his double-digit lead of 39 percent over closest rival Makati Mayor Jojo Binay, 25, who had overtaken Sen. Loren Legarda, 24, in the SWS poll. Roxas scored 41 while Binay was at 22, and Legarda, 23, in the Manila Standard Today poll.#