Aquino leads Villar by 9 pts in new poll

Support by poor for NP bet slips; Estrada gains

MANILA, Philippines—Weakening support by the poor for presidential candidate Manuel Villar Jr. and their steady backing of Benigno Aquino III have given Aquino a clear lead over Villar, according to results of a nationwide survey conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS) this month.

At the same time, there was a surge in support by the rich and middle class for Aquino and a huge drop in their support for Villar.

As a result, voters’ preference for Villar dropped 6 percentage points from 34 percent in February to 28 percent in the SWS survey conducted from March 19 to 22.

It was the first decline in the numbers of Villar, standard-bearer of the Nacionalista Party (NP), since December last year.

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