MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) - Makati City Mayor Jejomar "Jojo" Binay has tied erstwhile vice-presidential front runner Sen. Manuel "Mar" Roxas in the May 2-3 survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) sponsored by BusinessWorld.
The survey, which will appear in BusinessWorld on Friday, showed Binay jump 12-percentage points from 25% in April 16-19 to 37% in May 2-3.
Support for Roxas fell by 2-percentage points from 39% in April 16-19 to 37% in May 2-3.
The latest survey also showed Sen. Loren Legarda falling further behind with 12% support in May 2-3, down from 24% in April 16-19.
Marital infidelity no impact?
A source in the camp of Binay, the running mate of former President Joseph Estrada, said the latest survey showed that the issue about Binay's marital infidelity had no impact on the mayor's ratings.
Binay admitted his marital infidelity on April 30, or 2 to 3 days before the latest survey was undertaken. (Click here for story on Binay's admission.)
"The girlfriend issue is a non-issue," the source said.
The source said the endorsement by former presidential 2010 wannabe Francis "Chiz" Escudero also played a role in the rise of Binay's ratings.
Escudero's endorsement of Binay came out strongly in various television and radio ads prior to the survey period.
Binay's survey ratings have climbed dramatically towards the end of the 90-day national campaign period, which started in February.
Binay's rating was 17% (3rd place) in the Feburary 24-28 SWS survey, 21% (3rd place) in March 19-22, 25% (tied for 3rd with Legarda) in April 16-19.
The SWS survey results mirror Pulse Asia’s latest vice-presidential survey.
In the Pulse Asia survey conducted April 23-25, Roxas fell to 37% (from 43% in March) while Binay overtook Legarda with a 9-percentage point leap. (Click here for story.)
One thing going for Roxas, however, is the Iglesia Ni Cristo's (INC) endorsement of the Liberal Party tandem disclosed on Wednesday.
The INC, which practices bloc voting, could bring around 2 million votes for the LP vice-presidential bet. (click here for story.)
Noynoy widens lead
In the presidential race, Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III widened his lead over Sen. Manny Villar of the Nacionalista Party (NP) and former President Joseph Estrada of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino.
Aquino got 42% in the May 2-3 survey, an increase of 4-percentage points from the April 16-19 SWS survey.
Support for Villar fell 7-percentage points from 26% in April 16-19 to 19% in May 2-3.
Support for Estrada increased 3-percentage points from 17% in April 16-19 to 20% in May 2-3.
Binay happy; Roxas not alarmed
In response to the survey results, Binay said they have the momentum going into the last few days of the campaign.
"We are very happy with the results. We have offered to the people our track record as an executive with concrete accomplishments and as a true oppositionist. The people heard our message and ignored the black propaganda and mudslinging of our closet rivals. It's going to be close fight. But we have the momentum and we have the people behind us," he said in a text message.
Meanwhile, Roxas said he is confident that support for him "has remained steadfast," based on other surveys we have access to, which have smaller margins of error."
"I am confident that the unequivocal support given me and my partner, Senator Noynoy Aquino, by respected religious groups such as the Iglesia ni Cristo and the Kindom of Jesus Christ; by other political leaders; and by workers, farmers and urban poor groups, and ordinary citizens throughout the country, will further enhance our poll ratings moving forward," Roxas said in a statement.
"The people are gathering behind our tandem, which is rooted in integrity and backed by a solid record of national achievement untainted by corruption or any irregularity," he added.
"We call on our volunteers and supporters: remain focused in our quest for good governance and honest leadership. Our message remains the same: kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap; at kung tapat ang partner, tiyak ang asenso ng ordinaryong Pilipino," Roxas said.
The latest SWS survey had 2,400 survey respondents.