By Kaithreen Cruz | The Manila Times
PRESIDENTIAL candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and his running mate Sara Duterte-Carpio led the fourth-quarter survey conducted by Publicus Asia, the results of which were released Monday.
Publicus said 51.9 percent of the respondents had Marcos as their preferred choice for president. His choice share was up by 2.6 percent from the 49.3 percent in the third-quarter poll.
Marcos was also the frontrunner in the third-quarter survey, as well as in Publicus' Final List Survey where he was the choice of 56.7 percent of the respondents.
That poll was conducted on November 16 to 18, right after the deadline for substituting candidates.
Trailing him in the latest survey were Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo with 20.2 percent; Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso (7.9 percent); Senators Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go (3.9 percent); Panfilo "Ping" Lacson (3.4 percent); and Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao (2.3 percent); and the former spokesman of President Rodrigo Duterte, Ernesto "Ernie" Abella (0.5 percent).
Go had declared his intention to back out of the presidential race, but has not officially withdrawn his certificate of candidacy (CoC).
Duterte-Carpio, who entered the race as a substitute candidate, was the vice presidential pick of 54.8 percent of the respondents.
"Her entry into the vice presidential race broke the three-way tie for first place" in the third-quarter survey, Publicus noted.
Trailing far behind were Dr. Willie Ong at 11.2 percent; Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto 3rd (11 percent); Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan (9.7 percent); Buhay party-list Rep. Jose "Lito" Atienza (1.5 percent); and Professor Walden Bello (0.7 percent).
Marcos and Duterte-Carpio have won the support of the Partido ng Masang Pilipino of former president Joseph "Erap" Estrada and the Lakas ng Tao-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) of former presidents Fidel Ramos and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Nine out of the 17 Metro Manila mayors also committed to support the Davao City mayor's candidacy following her motorcade in Quezon City last week. The mayors are Edwin Olivarez of Parañaque; Oscar Malapitan of Caloocan City; Francisco Javier "Francis" Zamora of San Juan; Tobias "Toby" Tiangco of Navotas; Marcelino "Marcy" Teodoro of Marikina City; Rexlon "Rex" Gatchalian of Valenzuela City, Imelda "Emi" Calixto-Rubiano of Pasay City; Carmelita "Menchie" Abalos of Mandaluyong City; and Mar-Len Abigail "Abby" Binay of Makati City.
Publicus did the fourth-quarter survey from December 6 to 10, polling 1,500 respondents.
It said the survey was not commissioned.