Former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. still emerged as the top pick among presidential candidates in the latest Manila Bulletin-Tangere survey on the 2022 elections released on Wednesday, March 9.
The survey, conducted from March 1 to 4, 2022, showed Marcos sustaining his lead with 48.75 percent of respondents nationwide choosing him as the next President of the Philippines.
In second place was Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso who received 22.67 percent of the voter preference, while in third place was Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo who was the favored candidate of 17.29 percent of respondents.
Among the presidential bets, Robredo registered the "biggest" increase of 2.5 percent from the survey conducted in February 2022.
This was attributed to the increased support from the Visayas, Southern Luzon, and Bicol region.
Meanwhile, Marcos' rating fell by almost 3 percentage points compared to the February survey.
Senators Panfilo "Ping" Lacson and Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao occupied the third and fourth spots with 5.75 percent and 3.96 percent of the voter preference, respectively.
Other presidential candidates received less than 1 percent of the voter preference.
Labor rights activist Leody De Guzman got 0.54 percent, former Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales received 0.29 percent, and former presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella got 0.25 percent.
Meanwhile, 0.50 percent of the respondents did not name their candidate or named others not on the list.
Sara still top choice for VP
Marcos' running mate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio also remained the top pick in the March 2022 Manila Bulletin-Tangere survey with 56.63 percent of the voter preference.
Coming in second was Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III with 16.08 percent, while in the third spot was physician Willie Ong with 14.17 percent.
In fourth place was Senator Francis Pangilinan with 9.79 percent, while Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza clinched the fifth spot with 1.25 percent.
Other candidates received less than 1 percent of the voter preference.
Meanwhile, 1.38 percent did not give an answer or named others not on the list.
Moreno, Sotto top second-choice for president, VP
During the same survey period, the respondents were asked to name their second choice for president in case their first choice does not continue his or her candidacy.
Moreno was the top pick (32.67 percent), followed by Lacson (19.63 percent), Marcos (16.38 percent), Pacquiao (13.13 percent), and Robredo (5.58 percent).
Gonzales was the second choice of 2 percent of respondents, while De Guzman had 1.88 percent of the voter preference and Abella with 1.25 percent.
Meanwhile, Sotto was the top second-choice for vice president with 36.46 percent of the voter preference.
He was followed by Ong (29.92 percent), Duterte-Carpio (13.5 percent), Pangilinan (6.17 percent), and Atienza (4.83 percent).
Manila Bulletin-Tangere's survey has a margin of error of +/-1.94 percent with a confidence level of 95 percent.
A total of 2,400 adult Filipinos (12 percent in Metro Manila, 20 percent in the Visayas, 23 percent in Mindanao, 23 percent in Northern and Central Luzon, 22 percent in Southern Luzon and Bicol Region) participated in the survey using the Tangere mobile app.