MANILA, Philippines – Davao City mayor and presidential daughter Sara Duterte remains as the top choice among possible presidential candidates in the 2022 national elections, a survey conducted by Pulse Asia showed Wednesday.
In the poll conducted from Sept. 6 to 11, Duterte emerged as the leading bet after 20% of the respondents expressed support for her probable presidential bid in the upcoming elections.
The second choice for president was former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. who garnered 15%, followed by Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso with 13%, and Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao with 12%.
Senator Grace Poe placed fifth with 9%, followed by Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo (8%), and Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson (6%).
Taguig City-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano garnered 4%, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go with 3%, and former Senator Antonio Trillanes with 1%.
The pollster said respondents are split when it comes to their second choice for president should their original presidential bet decide not to run in the upcoming elections.
The poll showed that respondents would instead vote for Poe (14%), Marcos (14%), Domagoso (13%), Duterte (11%). Sharing the second place in terms of second-choice voter preferences for president are Go (9%), Pacquiao (9%), Robredo (8%), Lacson (8%), and Cayetano (5%).
Meanwhile, Senate President Vicente Sotto III topped the list of preferences for the next vice president with 25% followed by President Rodrigo Duterte with 14%, Moreno with 12%, Marcos with 12%, and Pacquiao with 7%.
The poll also showed that Sotto enjoyed the highest figure with 15% when respondents were asked for their second vice presidential preference, followed by Marcos (12%), Go (11%), and Domagoso (11%).
Placing fifth in the second choice for vice presidential bets are Cayetano (10%), Pacquiao (9%), and Rodrigo Duterte (6%).
The latest Pulse Asia survey was based on a sample of 2,400 representative adults aged 18 and above nationwide. It was conducted using face-to-face interviews.