BY ROMMEL C. LONTAYAO Reporter
THE exit poll conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) and TV 5 showed Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd leading the presidential race by a huge margin, just like he was doing in the partial vote tallies of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
The partial results of the TV5-SWS exit poll covering 22,398 of its targeted 32,000 respondents in 802 polling precincts nationwide gave Aquino 44 percent while his closest opponent, former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada, got 25 percent.
Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar Jr., placed third with 13 percent; Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro, fourth with 11 percent; evangelist Eduardo “Bro. Eddie” Villanueva, fifth with 3 percent; and Sen. Richard “Dick” Gordon, sixth with 2 percent.
Disqualified candidate Vetallano “Dodong” Acosta got 1 percent, surpassing even Sen. Jamby Madrigal (0.2 percent), John Carlos de los Reyes (0.2 percent) and Jesus Nicanor “Nick” Perlas (0.1 percent).
Aquino was the most preferred candidate in almost all classifications of voters by class, education and religion. Estrada had a slight lead over him among non-Christian voters who are not Muslims (28 percent versus 26 percent).
In the vice presidential race, Mayor Jejomar “Jojo” Binay of Makati City and Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd both got 40 percent of the votes.
Sen. Loren Legarda had 10 percent, former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Bayani Fernando 3 percent, and former Optical Media Board head Eduardo “Edu” Manzano and Perfecto Yasay, 2 percent each.
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