MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III continued to top the list of presidential candidates in the latest survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), but Nacionalista Party bet Sen. Manny Villar has further narrowed the gap to just seven percentage points.
The SWS poll, commissioned by BusinessWorld, found that 42 percent of Filipinos would vote for Aquino while 35 percent would choose Villar.
The survey, conducted from Jan. 21 to 24, used face-to-face interviews of 2,100 adult respondents.
Aquino’s lead over Villar was 19 percentage points in Dec. 5 to 10 and 11 percent in Dec. 27 to 28.
Before the filing of candidacy papers, Aquino’s lead over the rest of the aspirants was more than 20 percentage points.