Poll: Noynoy maintains 15-16% lead over Erap
By Aurea Calica
The Philippine Star
MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III maintained a 15 to 16-point lead over his closest rival, former President Joseph Estrada, who has dislodged Nacionalista Party bet Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. from second spot, according to latest surveys by the Magdalo and the Manila Standard Today.
In the April 25 to 27 survey of Manila Standard Today, Aquino was the choice of 38 percent of those polled, followed by Estrada with 22 percent and Villar at 20 percent. The poll, with a margin of error of plus or minus two percent and 2,500 respondents nationwide, was released.
At fourth was Lakas-Kampi-CMD bet Gilberto Teodoro Jr. with nine percent; evangelist Eddie Villanueva at fifth, up by one point to three percent, while Sen. Richard Gordon got two percent to place sixth. The rest of the candidates got less than one percent, the Standard said.
The Standard poll showed Villar losing ground among the very poor, with a five-point loss, while Estrada gained nine points, and Aquino was virtually steady.
Manila Standard pollster Pedro Laylo Jr. explained that negative attacks against Villar had cost him support from poor voters who had shifted to Estrada.
In the Magdalo-commissioned survey, Aquino surged to 39.6 percent, even as Estrada posted 24.8 percent, overtaking Villar who obtained 23.6 percent in the April 19 to 24 poll.
Teodoro remained at fourth, with seven percent, followed by Villanueva, 2.6 percent, and Gordon, 0.8 percent. The rest of the candidates polled lower than 0.2 percent.
In the Manila Standard poll, Aquino’s running mate, Sen. Manuel Roxas II, continued to lead at 38 percent, followed by Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay, 28 percent, and Sen. Loren Legarda, 20 percent.