Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and her father President Rodrigo Duterte emerged as Filipinos’ top bets for president and vice president, respectively, in the May 2022 elections, based on the Pulse Asia survey results released on Tuesday, July 13.
The survey, which was conducted from June 7-16, 2021 with 2,400 respondents, revealed that about 28 percent of Filipino adults would vote for Sara Duterte if the May 2022 presidential election occurred during the survey period.
Sharing2nd place are Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso (14 percent), former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. (13 percent), and Senator Grace Poe (10 percent).
Senator Manny Pacquiao (8 percent), Vice President Leni Robredo (6 percent), and Senator Panfilo Lacson (4 percent) occupied 3rd place.
The other personalities included in the presidential probe registered voter preferences of at most 3 percent.
Meanwhile, 8 percent of Filipino adults were undecided as regards their preferred presidential candidate, refused to name their favored candidate, or does not support any presidentiable.
A “small majority” of Filipinos in Mindanao (62 percent) would elect Mayor Duterte if the May 2022 elections coincided with the conduct of the interviews for the present survey.
The latter is the plurality choice in the Visayas (30 percent), Class D (26 percent), and Class E (40 percent).
Meanwhile, the lead in Metro Manila and Class ABC is shared by Domagoso (23 percent and 21 percent, respectively), Marcos (22 percent and 17 percent, respectively), and Mayor Duterte (16 percent and 21 percent, respectively).
Pulse Asia noted that 16 percent of those in Class ABC are not inclined to vote for any possible presidential candidate.
“As for those in the rest of Luzon, basically the same percentages either show support for former Senator Marcos (18 percent), Manila Mayor Domagoso (15 percent), Davao City Mayor Duterte (13 percent), or Senator Poe (12 percent) or have not yet chosen their presidential bet for the May 2022 elections/refuse to name their favored candidate for the post/still do not have a preferred presidential candidate (13 percent),” Pulse Asia added.
If their original choice for president does not pursue his/her candidacy in May 2022, Pulse Asia around the same percentages of Filipino adults would instead vote for Mayor Duterte (16 percent), Poe (13 percent), Marcos (13 percent), or Pacquiao (12 percent).
President Duterte as top choice for VP
During the same survey period, President Duterte and Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso are in a tight race for the vice-presidential post at 18 percent and 14 percent, respectively.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III (10 percent), Marcos (10 percent), Pacquiao (9 percent), Taguig City-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano (8 percent), and Sorsogon Gov. Francis Escudero (7 percent) shared the 2nd place.
Other possible candidates for vice-president each record first-choice voter preferences of at most 5 percent.
The rest of Filipino adults (6 percent) are undecided about whom to vote for as vicepresident, refused to name their vice-presidential bet, or are not inclined to support anyone for the post.
Pulse Asia said about a third of Filipinos in Mindanao (35 percent) expressed support for the possible vice-presidential bid of President Duterte.
The leading candidates in Metro Manila are Domagoso (19 percent), Marcos (14 percent), Sotto (12 percent), and President Duterte (11 percent).
In the rest of Luzon, essentially the same voter preferences are posted by Domagoso (14 percent), Sotto (14 percent), President Duterte (13 percent), Escudero (11 percent), and Marcos (10 percent).
In addition, 11 percent of those in the rest of Luzon are not inclined to vote for any vice presidential bet.
In the Visayas, the highest voter preferences are obtained by President Duterte (14 percent), Domagoso (14 percent), Pacquiao (12 percent), Sotto (10 percent), Cayetano (10 percent), former Marcos (9 percent), television host Willie Revillame (8 percent), and Senator Christopher “Bong” Go (6 percent).
“If their first choice for vice president withdraws from the coming national elections, nearly the same percentages of Filipino adults would instead support Senator Pacquiao (13 percent), former Senator Marcos (13 percent), Manila Mayor Domagoso (11 percent), Senate President Sotto (11 percent), or Senator Go (9 percent).