THE BBM-Sara UniTeam of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong’’ Marcos Jr. and vice presidential aspirant Sara Duterte fortified their lead in the latest result of an independent and non-commissioned election survey by PUBLiCUS Asia Inc.
In the 2021 PAHAYAG 4th quarter result culled from a nationwide sampling of 1,500 respondents who were randomly drawn from a market research panel of Filipino voters from December 6 to 10, Marcos increased his lead from 49.3 percent to 51.9 percent. Duterte maintained her lead over other vice presidential hopefuls with her 54.8 percent score.
“Over half of respondents tagged Bongbong Marcos as their preferred choice for president. Approximately 55 percent of respondents indicated Sara Duterte as their preferred choice for vice president,” Publicus said.
Marcos Jr. gained more than 2 percent from the previous survey, while Duterte’s number went up dramatically and secured her lead in the vice presidential race after the BBM-Sara UniTeam was forged and sealed.
“Her [Duterte] entry into the vice presidential race broke the three-way tie for first place observed in the third quarter survey,” the survey firm added.
At far second in the presidential race is Leni Robredo, who dropped from her previous 21.3 percent to 20.2 percent, followed by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso, who garnered 7.9 percent, Senator Bong Go, with 3.9 percent, Sen. Panfilo Lacson, 3.4 percent, Sen. Manny Pacquiao, 2.3 percent. At least 8.3 percent said they are still undecided.
If the elections were to be held today, the Publicus survey said, Duterte would dominate the race. In second is Dr. Willie Ong, with 11.2 percent, followed by Sen. Vicente Sotto III, with 11.0 percent, Sen. Francis Pangilinan, 9.7 percent, and Rep. Lito Atienza, 1.5 percent. At least 9.5 percent of the respondents were still undecided on who to vote for vice president.
Marcos was an overwhelming favorite in Mindanao with 62.0 percent, followed by Northern Central Luzon, 59.1 percent, Visayas, 48.9 percent, Southern Luzon, 43.5 percent, and National Capital Region, with 39.7 percent.
Duterte, on the other hand, also dominated Mindanao with a 78.6 percent preference; in the Visayas, she got 58.8 percent; Northern Central Luzon, 52 percent; Southern Luzon 39.9 percent; and NCR, 33.9 percent.