Davao City Mayor Duterte topped a nationwide survey that SWS or Social Weather Stations conducted in the last week of November,emerging as the No.1 choice of voters not only from all socioeconomic classes but also from all geographic areas.
Duterte was the choice of 38 percent of voters,giving him a double-digit lead over Sen.Grace Poe and Vice President Binay,who each got 21 percent. Mar Roxas received 15 percent and Sen.Santiago got 4 percent.1 percent for undecided voters.
SWS conducted the survey on Nov.26-28 or five to six days after Duterte finally declared his run for the presidency and two days before PDP-Laban proclaimed him as a presidential candidate for the May 2016 elections.
With 1,200 respondents, the survey, commissioned by a Davao-based businessman, had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points at the national level and plus or minus 6 percentage points at the regional level. Each region had 300 respondents.
In the nationwide survey conducted by SWS in September, Duterte placed fourth, the choice of only 11 percent of registered voters from a list of 12 names. The poll was topped by Poe, who obtained 26 percent followed by Binay with 24 percent and Roxas, 20 percent.
Mayor Duterte said he is thankful by the surge in his ratings.
“I am surprised and awed by the result, but I am thankful for accepting me with all my faults and some virtues. If elected I can assure you that I will be true to my oath of office and fulfill my promises. Thank you,” Duterte told the Inquirer in a telephone interview.
When asked on how he will sustain his lead until Election Day. “I will hide first because at this time I cannot go around the country because I still lack funds and I do not like asking for campaign funds.”he said.