SWS survey shows Roxas-Binay VP fight; Legarda slips to 3rd spot

United Opposition (UNO) vice presidential candidate and Makati Mayor Jojo Binay’s preference rating picked up four points to 25 percent in the latest Social Weather Station (SWS) survey, cutting the lead of rival Senator Mar Roxas by three percentage points and dislodging Senator Loren Legarda from the second spot.

The Business World-commissioned survey conducted on April 16-19, less than a month before May 10 poll, showed Binay consistently gaining points since January, and many are predicting that it’s going to be a fight between the Makati mayor and Roxas.

Binay’s score rose to 25 percent in the survey that polled 2,400 respondents, from the previous 21 percent. The SWS poll result has a +/- 2 margin of error.

Roxas of the Liberal Party has seen his numbers continuously slipping, this time to 39 percent from 42 percent. Nacionalista Party candidate Legarda was relegated to third spot after receiving a preference rating of 24 percent.

Scores for the other vice presidential bets, however, are virtually unchanged, the survey firm said.

Former Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Bayani Fernando got 3 percent; administration candidate Edu Manzano, 2 percent; Bangon Pilipinas’ Perfecto Yasay, 1 percent; Kilusang Bagong Lipunan’s Jay Sonza, 0.4 percent; and Kapatiran’s Dominador Chipeco Jr., 0.3 percent.

“This only shows the people’s clamor for genuine change in the government by the genuine opposition,”  Binay said. “The voters know who can bring about the real change in this country and these are the candidates with a solid track record for the poor and genuine concern for the people.”

The UNO vice presidential bet’s camp credited Binay’s leap in the various pre-election surveys to his consistent opposition to the Expanded Value Added Tax (EVAT), which Roxas, his closest rival, has staunchly defended.

Binay has expressed confidence that his numbers will continue to climb in the final two weeks of the campaign as more people begin to connect with the pro-poor and pro-people program of his party.#