The surveys are in!

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is now leading the nationwide survey polls conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS), and is regarded to be top contender for the 2016 presidential elections. The results of the survey show that the popular mayor is the top choice among voters not only across various socioeconomic classes but also from all parts of the country.

According the survey, Duterte was chosen by 38% of voters, followed by Senator Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay, each gaining 21%. Meanwhile, LP bet Mar Roxas gained 15% while Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago received 4%. One percent of the voters surveyed meanwhile are still undecided.

The tough-talking mayor also got the nod among the upper and middle classes (ABC) with a lead of 62%. Binay on the other hand runs in second with 16%, while Poe received 13%. Roxas got only 6% and Santiago at 1%.

The SWS survey results cover November 26-28, just less than a week after Duterte finally announced his run for presidency, and two days before the PDP-Laban coalition anointed him as their presidential bet for the 2016 general elections.

The survey covered 1,200 respondents, and was commissioned by a Davao-based businessman. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points at the national level, and a plus or minus 6 percent points at the regional level. Each region in the country surveyed 300 respondents.

The survey was also comprised of the lead question: “With Rodrigo Duterte on the list as a substitute candidate for President, who would you most likely vote for President if the elections were held today?”

The last SWS survey was conducted in September, where the mayor, who had not yet filed for presidency, placed 4th in the race, or 11%. The poll was then topped by Poe, followed by Binay, and Roxas.

Francis Escudero meanwhile topped the current SWS survey for VP bet, followed by Bongbong Marcos, Alan Peter Cayetano, and Leni Robredo.



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