Villar ranks 4th in SWS survey
By PAT SAMONTE and JOEL PORTUGAL of Mindanao Daily News-Butuan City
BUTUAN City––Former Representative Cynthia Villar of Las Piñas City has climbed to number 4 in the standings of voters’ preferences of senatorial candidates as shown by the latest Social Weather Stations survey.
From sixth place in October, 2012, Villar took the top fourth place as results of the SWS survey conducted on November 29, 2012 to December 3, 2012 were released and published in several newspapers based in Metro-Manila.
As reported, the SWS used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 respondents in Metro-Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao with the results having a margin of error of plus or minus 3 for national percentage and plus or minus 6 for area percentage.
Reelectionists Loren Legarda and Francis Escudero occupied the first two places with 68 percent and 61 percent, respectively, followed by Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano at third with 58 percent. Villar got 51 percent showing vast improvement from sixth place two months ago.
The standings of the other candidates were: (5th) San Juan Rep. Joseph Victor Ejercito, 49 percent; (6th – 7th) Senator Aquilino Martin Pimentel III and Cagayan Rep. Juan Ponce Enrile, Jr., 46 percent; (8th) Senator Gregorio Honasan, 43 percent; (9th-10th) Maria Lourdes Nancy Binay, and former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, 41 percent; (11th) Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, 40 percent; (12th) former Senator Richard Gordon, 37 percent; (14th) former Senator Maria Ana Consuelo Madrigal, 30 percent; (15th) former Senator Ramon Magsaysay, Jr., 29 percent; (16th) former Senator Ernesto Maceda, 25 percent; (17th) Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, 24 percent; (18th) Riza Hontiveros, 21 percent; (19th) Rep. Milagros Magsaysay, 14 percent; and (20th) Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares, 13 percent.