MANILA - Sen. Grace Poe, who has closed in on Vice President Jejomar Binay as the voters' preferred President in 2016, is also the leading choice for Vice President, results of a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey last month showed.
Poe was chosen by 26 per cent of the 1,200 adult respondents who were asked to name a candidate they would likely vote for the second-highest post in the country.
The respondents were not given a list of names and were asked to give only one name.
The survey was conducted from March 20 to 23. It had a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3 percentage points for national data.
Behind Poe were Interior Secretary Mar Roxas with 12 per cent and Binay with 7 per cent.
All three, together with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, were among the leading choices to replace President Aquino in 2016, results of the same SWS survey released last week showed.
Binay was the favoured presidential candidate of 36 per cent of the respondents while Poe was picked by 31 per cent. Roxas and Duterte were tied at third place with 15 per cent.
Neophyte has advantage
"The public sees Poe as a newcomer and voters are looking for a new candidate who can be trusted," said Earl Parreño, a member of the board of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reform in a phone interview.
Being a neophyte comes with an advantage and a disadvantage, Parreño said. The advantage, he said, is that one has no bad record while the disadvantage is that he or she has less experience.
The results of the survey showed Poe was a shoo-in for Vice President and this was the reason several parties were convincing her to run in the next elections, according to Parreño.
He, however, noted that with more than a year before the elections, the ratings could still change.
Poe, who is in the middle of her first term in the Senate, has not declared her plans for 2016.
Other names that appeared in the survey of vice presidential preference included Sen. Francis Escudero (6 per cent), Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago (5 per cent) and Duterte (4 per cent).
Also mentioned with 3 per cent each were Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.