MANILA - Sen. Manuel Roxas has emerged as the frontrunner in the vice-presidential race for 2010, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) third quarter survey.
In the September 18-21 survey, 1,800 respondents nationwide were asked: "Si Noli de Castro, sa kabilang banda, ay maaring tumakbo ulit bilang Bise-Presidente sa 2010. Sinu-sino sa palagay ninyo ang mga magagaling na lider para maging Bise-Presidente sa 2010? Maaari po kayong magbanggit ng hanggang tatlong sagot."
[Noli de Castro, on the other hand, is allowed to run again for Vice-President in 2010. Who do you think are the good leaders who should become Vice-President in 2010? You may give up to three names].
Forty percent of the respondents chose Roxas, while de Castro and Sen. Loren Legarda were tied at 23 percent.
No list of names was provided to prompt the respondents.
Other names mentioned by respondents were Sen. Francis Escudero (13%), Sen. Manuel Villar, Jr. (4%), Sen. Francis Pangilinan (3%), Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III (2%), Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay (2%), and Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno (2%).
Mentioned by one percent of respondents each were Sen. Pia Cayetano, TV show host Willie Revillame, Sen. Panfilo Lacson, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando, former Pres. Joseph Estrada, and Batangas Governor Vilma Santos.
Ten percent could not give an answer, and 7% had no one to recommend.
The survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,800 adults divided into random samples of 300 each in Metro Manila and Mindanao, and 600 each in Balance of Luzon and the Visayas. It has a margin of error of plus/minus 2.3% for the national percentages.
Noynoy best to succeed GMA
The SWS earlier released the results of the three best successors to President Arroyo, which were asked in the third quarter survey. (Read: Noynoy, Villar best leaders to succeed Arroyo: SWS)
Sixty percent of Filipinos believe Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III would be the best leader to succeed President Arroyo when she steps down in 2010.
Aquino was followed by Sen. Manny Villar who got 37%, and former President Joseph Estrada at 18%.
Sen. Francis Escudero placed fourth in the survey with 15% followed by Sen. Mar Roxas (12%), Vice-President Noli de Castro (8%), Sen Loren Legarda (5%), and Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro (4%).
Sen. Panfilo Lacson placed ninth in the survey with 2% followed by Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay (2%).
At 1% each were Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Bayani Fernando and Jesus Is Lord founder Eddie Villanueva.
Respondents were allowed to give up to 3 names.
The survey was conducted before the onslaught of typhoons Ondoy (Ketsana) and Pepeng (Parma), which caused massive floods and damages in Luzon.