Press Release
March 5, 2010

Aquino still leads the pre-election polls; Villar goes down by six points

Three months to go before the May 10 elections and Sen Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III of the Liberal Party still dominates the pre-election surveys.

The latest Pulse Asia Survey conducted from February 21 to 25 shows that Sen Aquino is the preferred presidential bet, with 36%.

Manny Villar of the Nacionalista Party on the other hand, despite flooding the airwaves with P1.3 billion worth of television advertisements, and despite outspending the other candidates on ads weeks into the official campaign period, still came in second at 29%, six points lower than his ratings last Jan 10.

The Pulse Asia survey, conducted on 1,800 respondents nationwide, reaffirms the results of the Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS) survey conducted January 28 to February 3, wherein Aquino was shown to have an 11% lead over Villar. The two surveys have approximately the same results.

The respondents of the Pulse Asia survey cited the desire for a president who is not corrupt and who cares for the poor as the top reasons for their choice of candidate.

Erap Estrada came in third at 18%, Gilbert Teodoro fourth at 7%. Bro. Eddie Villanueva, Richard Gordon, Jamby Madrigal, Nick Perlas, Vetallano Acosta, and JC de los Reyes were tied statistically at 0-2%, given the margin of error of plus/minus 2%.

For the Vice-presidential candidates, Aquino's running mate, Sen Mar Roxas leads at 43%, while Loren Legarda of the National People's Coalition came in a far second at 27%.

Sen Aquino said this survey is proof that the Filipino voter is discerning and resilient to the lies being spread around by his opponents.

"Ako po'y nagagalak sa pagpapatunay ng survey na ito na patuloy ang pagbuhos ng suporta mula sa sambayanang Pilipino na naglalayon ng tunay na pagbabago para sa ating bansa," Sen Aquino said. "Hindi po ako titigil hangga't maibigay natin sa ating kapwa Pilipino ang isang lideratong malinis at mapapagkatiwalaan."

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