Aquino, Villar shift focus to votes of poor

n the watershed Pulse Asia survey of Jan. 22-26, the ground under the presidential race shifted violently, changing completely the panorama of the 2010 election and making it more volatile, less than three months into the polls.

The survey showed the front-runner since September 2009, Sen. Benigno Aquino III, locked in a statistical tie with Sen. Manuel Villar. Aquino polled 37 percent and Villar, 35 percent, as the first choice of respondents.

The obvious picture from the survey is that Villar made a remarkable leap-frog, gaining 12 percentage points from the December 2009 survey, while Aquino declined by 8 percentage points. The survey marked the turning point of the resurgence of Villar and the decline of Aquino.

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