Duterte takes the lead in latest SWS poll

His controversial rape remarks might have made him even more popular.

Duterte SWS survey


(SPOT.ph) The results of the first poll following Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's controversial rape comments have been released, and it shows the tough-talking presidential candidate pulling away from his rivals.


Duterte now leads the race with a 33% voter preference rating in the April 18 to 20 poll conducted by the Social Weather Stations, Inquirer.net reports. This is a six-point climb from a 27% voter preference rating in SWS' March 30 to April 2 survey.


The latest survey published on BusinessWorld shows Duterte's closest challenger Sen. Grace Poe with a 26% voter preference rating, an increase of one percentage point from the previous poll. At third is Liberal Party bet Mar Roxas who also improved his rating by a point, from 18% to 19%.


Meanwhile, Vice President Jejomar Binay's rating plunged to 14%, losing six percentage points from the previous survey. At fifth is Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago with 2%.


The latest SWS poll was conducted among 1,800 validated voters, and has a sampling margin of error of plus or minus two points. It was conducted after April 12, when Duterte made his controversial statement about an Australian missionary who was gang raped and killed.


Analysts have previously stated that his gaffe could cost him votes, and his fellow presidential candidates also weighed in on the issue following the remarks. The controversial Davao City mayor has since apologized.

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