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The Manila Times : Bongbong-Sara team continues to rule surveys

News & Interviews
27 December 2021

By Bernadette E. Tamayo | The Manila Times

FORMER senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. continued to dominate presidential surveys, posting a double-digit lead in the latest OCTA Research poll.

In a statement on Sunday, Marcos' camp said he "pulled away" from his closest rival, Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo, in the survey conducted December 7 to 12.

The Partido Federal ng Pilipinas standard bearer polled over 54 percent, with Robredo was "a distant second" with 14 percent.

Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso got 12 percent, Sen. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao 10 percent, Sen. Panfilo "Ping" Lacson five percent, former Palace spokesman Ernie Abella at 0.02 percent, and labor leader Leody De Guzman at 0.001 percent.

Marcos had a 37-percent preference rating in the National Capital Region compared to Robredo's seven percent. He also mounted big leads in the rest of Luzon (57 percent), Visayas (50 percent) and Mindanao (63 percent).

Among the respondents who picked a first choice for president, 21 percent said Domagoso would be their second choice if their preferred candidate drops out of the race.

The next choice was Pacquiao at 15 percent, followed by Marcos at 14 percent, Lacson at 13 percent, Robredo at 12 percent, and De Guzman at 0.14 percent.

The survey also showed that 63 percent of respondents from the A, B and C socio-economic classes would vote for Marcos if the elections were held during the poll period. He also led in the Class D group with 55 percent and Class E bracket with 46 percent.

At least five percent of the respondents were undecided.

"The latest results showed that Marcos will dominate the May 2022 presidential derby in all areas in the country and all social classes," Marcos' camp said.

The OCTA survey results "reinforced" previous polls by Social Weather Stations, Publicus, Kalye Survey, dzRH radio, Radio Mindanao Network, and Pulse Asia showing Marcos "pulling away from the pack of other presidential hopefuls five months removed from the May 2022 elections," it said.

The candidate said he will continue to push for a "unifying leadership," which he said is the only way for the country to get back on its feet after the debilitating Covid pandemic.

Marcos' running mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio was also the runaway leader in OCTA's vice presidential survey.

Duterte-Carpio had a 50 percent rating with her closest opponent, Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto 3rd, garnering 33 percent.

Duterte-Carpio validated her dominance in Mindanao where she registered 71 percent, compared to Sotto's 17 percent.

Among the socio-economic groups, she polled 61 percent in the ABC Class, 41 percent in the D Class, and 58 percent in the E Class.

Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan was in third place with 9 percent, Dr. Willie Ong with 4 percent, Buhay party-list Rep. Jose "Lito" Atienza with 1 percent, and Professor Walden Bello at 0.07 percent.

Among the second choices for the vice presidential bet, Sotto garnered 31 percent, Pangilinan 18 percent, Ong and Duterte-Carpio with 12 percent each, Atienza at 5 percent, and Bello at 0.4 percent.

Marcos and Duterte-Carpio have fortified their position as the team to beat with a double-digit lead over their rivals in the December 1-6 Pulse Asia poll.

OCTA surveyed 1,200 adults using face-to-face interviews. The poll had a margin of error of ±3 percent at a 95 percent confidence level.