AMID the controversies faced by his campaign, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte continued to dominate the presidential race, according to a survey conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS) from April 18 to 20.
Duterte took the solo lead in the race with 33 percent, up by six-percentage points from the 27 percent in the March 30 to April 2 survey.
Senator Grace Poe got 24 percent, a percentage point dip from her 23 percent in the survey conducted early this month.
Administration standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II and Vice President Jejomar Binay posted 19 percent and 14 percent, respectively, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago got two percent.
The latest survey, conducted among 1,800 verified voters, has a ±2 percent error margin.
The survey was conducted after Duterte joked about the 1989 rape-slay of Australian lay missionary Jacqueline Hamill. Duterte earned the ire of the public for his joke but did not affect his survey rating.
Rodrigo, Marcos tied in VP race
In the vice presidential race, Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo is now in a statistical ties with Senator Ferdinand Marcos.
The survey showed a significant increase in Robredo's rating, up seven-percentage points to 26 percent from 19 percent.
Marcos, on the other hand, got 25 percent.
Early favorite Senator Francis Escudero suffered a three-point dip, from 21 percent to 18 percent.
Senators Alan Peter Cayetano stood at 16 percent, while Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Gregorio Honasan got single digit scores of five percent and two percent, respectively. (Sunnex)