MANILA, Philippines ? Administration presidential candidate Gilbert Teodoro has jumped into double digit figures for the first time, according to a recent election survey that also showed Senator Benigno ?Noynoy? Aquino III still on top and colleague Manny Villar not far behind.
Teodoro?s rating jumped from five percent in the September 2009 StratPOLLS Inc. to 11 percent in its survey conducted from January 16 to 22 among 2,400 respondents and with a margin of error of 2.2 percent.
The survey showed Aquino, with 36 percent; Villar at second place, with 26 percent from 20 percent in the September 2009 poll; and former president Joseph Estrada, with 15 percent.
StratPOLLS Inc. Executive Director Alfredo Sureta Jr. told a press conference Tuesday that although Aquino was still leading, Villar was able to cut Aquino?s lead by 10 percent.
?One of the most significant findings of the survey was the perception by 26 percent of the respondents that [Villar] seemed to have found his ?second wind? in his uphill battle against front runner [Aquino], who remained ?stagnant? with 36 percent,? Sureta said.
?The Villar surge came about despite criticisms from his peers in the Senate when the C5 controversy raged during the week when the survey was conducted,? Sureta said, referring to the investigation conducted by senators against Villar over allegations of corruption in the C-5 project.
But Sureta noted that the biggest gainer was Teodoro, who jumped from five percent in the 2009 survey to 11 percent in the latest survey.
Other presidential candidates are ranked accordingly: Senator Richard Gordon (five percent), Brother Eddie Villanueva (four percent), Senator Ana Consuelo ?Jamby? Madrigal (one percent), and John Carlos ?JC? De Los Reyes (0.25 percent).
Sureta said they failed to include independent candidate Nicanor Perlas who was later reinstated by the Commission on Elections after being declared a nuisance candidate.
Face to face interviews were conducted among the respondents, which comprised of residents from 30 key cities in the country. They were provided with multiple choice questions.
In the question, what are the criteria in choosing the next president, 62 percent answered that the next president should be a principled person, while only 20 percent answered that he should be popular.
Sixty percent, meanwhile, answered that the next president should be ?tried and tested in serving the country.?
Notably, only four percent answered that the next president should be a ?scion of a former president.?
In the question of perceived issues that could affect a voter?s choice of president, 58 percent answered cheating during the 2004 and 2007 elections, while 54 percent answered anomalies and corruption in the government.
The same survey showed Senator Manuel ?Mar? Roxas topping the list of vice presidential candidates with 47 percent, followed by Senator Loren Legarda with 25 percent, and Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay with 11 percent.
Other vice presidential candidates are ranked accordingly: former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Bayani Fernando (seven percent), Eduardo Manzano (five percent), Dominador Chipeco Jr. (two percent), Perfecto Yasay, and Jay Sonza (one percent).
Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago topped the list of senatorial candidates, with 64 percent, followed by Senator Pia Cayetano and Ferdinand ?Bongbong? Marcos Jr., both with 50 percent.
Others are: Franklin Drilon, Senators Jose ?Jinggoy? Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr., all with 49 percent; Juan Ponce Enrile (43 percent); Ruffy Biazon and Ralph Recto both with 41 percent; Jose de Venecia III and Teofisto Guingona III with 40 percent, and Vicente ?Tito? Sotto III with 38 percent.