Poe gaining, Roxas third

SWS poll lists possible 2016 presidential contenders

Vice President Jejomar Binay (left) is given a tour of the Toledo copper mine in Toledo City, Cebu on Thursday, November 6. Binay did not attend the day's Senate probe on the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building II. He is in Cebu to attend the Philippine Scouting Centennial Jamboree and meet with local officials to check their housing programs. Also in photo is Adrian Ramos (right), COO of Carmen Mining Corp.  (MNS photo)

Vice President Jejomar Binay (left) is given a tour of the Toledo copper mine in Toledo City, Cebu on Thursday, November 6. Binay did not attend the day’s Senate probe on the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building II. He is in Cebu to attend the Philippine Scouting Centennial Jamboree and meet with local officials to check their housing programs. Also in photo is Adrian Ramos (right), COO of Carmen Mining Corp. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Grace Poe, and Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II topped a new poll taken by the Social Weather Stations as the three most likely to succeed President Benigno Aquino III once his term ends in 2016.

The poll was taken from November 27 to December 1, and asked, “Who do you think are the good leaders who should succeed Pres. [Benigno III] Aquino as president? You may give up to three names.”

The poll results, posted in the Business World website, found that 37 percent of respondents believed Binay should succeed Aquino in 2016; 21 percent named Poe, and 19 percent named Roxas.

The other personalities named by the respondents included:

Sen. Miriam Santiago (10 percent)

Sen. Francis Joseph “Chiz” Escudero (9 percent)

former President and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada (9 percent)

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (5 percent)

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV (5 percent)

Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (3 percent)

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano (3 percent)

Former senator Manuel Villar Jr. (2 percent)

Sen. Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. (2 percent)

Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson (2 percent)

Sen. Loren Legarda (1 percent)

Senate President Franklin Drilon (1 percent)

Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Francis Pangilinan (1 percent)

Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao (1 percent).

 Some eight percent of respondents had no one to recommend, while 15 percent could not give an answer.

The SWS survey interviewed 1,800 respondents nationwide, with sampling error margins of ±2% for national percentages; ±6% each for Metro Manila, “Balance Luzon” and Mindanao; and ±3% for the Visayas. (MNS)