Villar tops Pulse Asia survey among presidentiables

August 25, 2009 3:37 pm 

Manila, August 25 —- Former Senate President Manuel Villar Jr. topped another survey among presidentiables in 2009 "Ulat ng Bayan" national survey conducted by Pulse Asia.

Pulse Asia said one in four Filipinos (25%) would elect Villar as the next president, while 19% would vote for former President Joseph Estrada.

Vice President Noli de Castro was in third place at 16%, while Senator Francis Escudero and Senator Manuel Roxas II also score 12% and 11%, respectively.

The nationwide survey, conducted from July 28 to August 10, was undertaken solely by Pulse Asia on the “Filipinos’ Presidential Preference for the May 2010 Elections.”

The other choices for President obtained six percent or less — Senator Loren Legarda (6%), Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay (4%), and Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Bayani Fernando, Senator Richard Gordon, and Jesus is Lord Movement head Eddie Villanueva with one percent each.

Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro, Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno, Pampanga Governor Eduardo Panlilio, environmentalist Nicanor Perlas, and John Carlos De los Reyes of Kapatiran got less than one percent each.

The survey, which had 1,800 respondents who are of voting age, was conducted through face-to-face interviews. It had a +/-2% error margin at the 95 percent confidence level.

In Metro Manila, Villar is the most favored presidential bet (25%), with Escudero (22%) and Estrada (19%) close behind.

About the same percentages of those living in the rest of Luzon are supportive of the candidacies of Villar (22%), Estrada (19%), de Castro (16%), and Escudero (15%).

Among Visayans, Villar recorded the highest voter preference (30%), with de Castro (22%) in second place. In Mindanao, Estrada and Villar record the highest voter preference (26%).

In the best-off Class ABC, Escudero (30%) and Villar (28%) lead the list of presidential candidates.

Those in the most numerous Class D are most supportive of Villar (25%) and Estrada (19%) while those in the poorest Class E are most inclined to vote for Villar (23%), Estrada (23%), and de Castro (22%).(PNA)

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