Vice President Noli de Castro remains the Filipino's top choice to succeed President Arroyo in Malacañang come 2010, results of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey said Friday.
Of the 1,500 adult Filipino respondents asked by SWS from September 24-27, a total of 29 percent favored de Castro over Senate President Manuel Villar, who had 28. Sen. Loren Legarda, meanwhile, had 26 percent.
Following Legarda on the survey were Sen. Panfilo Lacson (17 percent), Sen. Francis Escudero (16 percent) and former president Joseph Estrada with 13 percent.
Trailing behind was Sen. Manuel Roxas with only 13 percent.
The SWS said the respondents randomly picked in Metro Manila, Balance of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao was, "Sino sa palagay ninyo ang mga magagaling na lider na dapat pumalit kay Pang. Arroyo bilang Presidente? (Who among our leaders should succeed President Arroyo?)"
Villar jumps over Loren, gaining on de Castro
De Castro topped another SWS survey in June. However, the survey firm noted his rating's two-percent drop in the latest survey compared to June's 31 percent.
The SWS analysis showed that Villar's rating has risen considerably to come within striking distance of de Castro.
Villar edged Legarda, who placed second in the June SWS survey.