By Michelle R. Guillang | Daily Tribune
Presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. and his running mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, topped the latest Pulse Asia survey for the May 2022 elections.
If the elections were held today, Marcos would win convincingly after landing at the top spot for the presidency with 53 percent or the majority of the 2,400 Filipino respondents across the country.
Duterte-Carpio, on the other hand, was leading the vice-presidential race with 45 percent.
The polling body conducted the nationwide survey from 1 to 6 December 2021, a month after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) closed the period of substitution of candidates and two months before the official start of the 2022 campaign period.
Marcos is the new frontrunner of Pulse Asia’s presidential survey after Duterte-Carpio, who was the top choice for president in September, opted to run for the second-highest government post and teamed up with the former.
The late dictator’s son dominated the survey for all presidential aspirants in all major regions. He is the most preferred presidential bet in Mindanao with 64 percent and in Metro Manila with 61 percent.
Marcos, who hails from Ilocos Norte, is also the top pick in Balanced Luzon and the Visayas with 51 percent and 42 percent, respectively.
More than half of the respondents belonging to Class A, B, C or 53 percent chose Marcos their preferred successor of President Rodrigo Duterte. He was also favored by those belonging to Class D with 54 percent, as well as those in Class E with 49 percent.
Vice President Leni Robredo’s ratings have improved, placing second in the latest presidential poll with 20 percent. She placed sixth in the September 2021 survey, receiving only eight percent.
Tied for third place were Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and Senator Manny Pacquiao with eight percent each. Senator Panfilo Lacson ranked fourth with six percent.
Pulse Asia conducted its survey weeks after the President criticized Marcos, calling him a “weak leader” and implying that he was into cocaine.
At present, Marcos faces six petitions seeking to block his presidential bid, either through disqualification or cancellation of his certificate of candidacy.
For the vice-presidential race, Duterte-Carpio was trailed by Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III with 31 percent.
While Duterte-Carpio overwhelmingly leads Mindanao with 82 percent and Metro Manila with 45 percent, Sotto was the top pick in Balanced Luzon with 36 percent and the Visayas with 39 percent.
Voters from Class A, B, C selected Duterte-Carpio as their vice-presidential bet (47 percent) as well those from Class D (44 percent) and Class E (48 percent).
Trailing them were Senator Kiko Pangilinan with 12 percent, doctor Willie Ong with six percent, and House Deputy Speaker Lito Atienza with one percent.
In the senatorial race, former House Speaker and Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano replaced radio personality Raffy Tulfo in the top spot with 64.1 percent.
Tulfo obtained 60 percent, Antique Rep. Loren Legarda got 58.7 percent, and Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero received 53.9 of the votes.
Also in the top 12 are senatorial aspirants Mark Villar (51.3 percent), Migz Zubiri (49.4 percent), former vice president Jojo Binay (44.7 percent), Joel Villanueva (41.6 percent), and Win Gatchalian (40.1 percent).
President Duterte, who recently quit the senatorial race, still obtained 35.8 percent of the votes, ranking 10th to 14th.
Actor Robin Padilla, Sen. Risa Hontiveros, and former senators Jinggoy Estrada and JV Ejercito are also included in the top preferred senatorial candidates.