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Publicus survey: BBM, Sara still leading the pack

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Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. maintains his sizable lead in the 2022 presidential race in the latest Pahayag National Election Tracker Survey, Publicus Asia Inc. said Thursday.

President aspirant Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. waves to the crowd before a grand rally at the Balanga Sports Coliseum in Bataan.

Some 55 percent of the 1,500 respondents in the survey, conducted from March 9-14, said they would vote for Marcos to be the next president, while 21 percent identified Robredo as their choice for president. Eight percent said they would vote for Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.

“The biggest point of interest in our latest survey is that the rankings for the presidential race remained virtually unchanged since last year. While it is true that former senator Marcos increased his preference share from around 52 percent to a little over 55 percent in our latest survey, these numbers remain generally in line with his longer-term averages. The same can be said for Robredo and Domagoso,” said David Barua Yap Jr., Publicus chief data scientist and head of polling operations.

Marcos, Robredo, and Domagoso have consistently polled as the top three choices for president among respondents to recent Pahayag surveys.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, meanwhile, topped the vice presidential race, according to the same survey, getting a 56.5 percent voter preference.

Lakas-CMD vice presidential candidate Sara Duterte-Carpio takes a selfie with her supporters during a sortie in Nueva Ecija.

According to Publicus, the results of the survey showed Duterte, who is also the chairman of the Lakas-CMD, has maintained her voter preference percentage from the previous two surveys, one of which was conducted in February.

Senator Francisco Pangilinan came in second in the vice presidential race with 12.8 percent.

Senator Panfilo Lacson, who garnered 2 percent, said he was not bothered by the survey results.

“Surveys are not elections. Last time I heard, (the) election is on May 9. I’m not bothered at all simply because the numbers I feel on the ground are different from what the surveys indicate,” Lacson said in a statement Monday night.

However, Lacson said he was puzzled as to why his figures in surveys were still low despite performing well in the presidential forums and interviews.


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