The dip in the performance rating of President Benigno Aquino was expected to further pull down the pre-poll survey rating of Mar Roxas, standard bearer of Aquino’s Liberal Party.
In its survey conducted on December 5-8, the Social Weather Station (SWS) had the net performance rating of the Aquino administration drop to its lowest this year.
Just as Aquino’s endorsement of the presidential bid of his former interior secretary failed to boost Roxas’ rating in the surveys, the President’s decreased performance rating would also further consign Roxas to the bottom of the survey.
The latest SWS survey on presidential preference was topped by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP) with 38 percent. Vice President Jojomar Binay of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) shared the second spot with independent bet Senator Grace Poe with 21; Roxas got 15%.
In previous surveys of the SWS and Pulse Asia, Roxas was a perennial fourth placer.
Observers say Eoxas’ poor showing is in part due to his failure to develop his own presidential image away from Aquino and for picking up the much-maligned “Daang Matuwid” program of the outgoing Aquino administration.
The survey results indicate that President Aquino’s endorsement of Roxas as his successor has not helped the former interior secretary’s prospects in catching up in the ratings race, according to columnist Amando Doronila.