Urgent!!! SWS-AdMU exit poll shows Aquino as majority choice for President

May 11, 2010 8:01 pm 

MANILA, May 11 — A partial sample of an exit poll that pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) said it began conducting near voting centers after Monday’s nationwide elections confirms official partial results trending Senator Benigno Simeon Aquino III the runaway winner for the Presidency

To the question, “Who did you vote for as President?”, Aquino earned 44 percent.

Joseph Estrada got 25 percent; Manuel Villar, 13 percent; Gilbert Teodoro Jr., 11 percent; Eddie Villanueva, 3 percent; Richard Gordon, 2 percent; Vetellano Acosta, 1 percent; Ana Consuelo Madrigal and John Carlos delos Reyes, 0.2 percent each; Nicanor Perlas, 0.1 percent; and Can’t Answer/Refused, 1 percent.

The overall national percentages reflected choices according to so-called social classes ABC, D, and E, and also by religions Catholicism, Islam, Iglesia ni Cristo and others. The INC, which had endorsed Aquino’s candidacy, gave him 79 percent as against 44 percent by Catholics.

The same sample also showed that 40 percent each voted for vice presidential aspirants Jejomar Binay and Manuel Roxas, with those voting for Loren Legarda only comprising 10 percent.

As of press time, partial official results show Aquino to be winning the race, with Viller, Teodoro, Gordon and Delos Reyes having already conceded defeat.

SWS did not give specific details of its sampling, but referred to past polls conducted in 802 voting centers (VCs) in all provinces from Batanes to Tawi-Tawi, and chartered cities of the Philippines.

It said that for the current exit poll, it aimed “for an average of 40 interviews per VC, or a national sample of about 32,000 interviews.” It added that “the national sampling error, though still to be ascertained, is expected to be below one percent.”

SWS cooperated with the School of Government of Ateneo de Manila University on the project, which was sponsored by the PLDT-SMART Foundation Inc. and broadcast early this morning by the Associated Broadcasting Company (TV5). (PNA)

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