Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio topped a survey of possible presidential candidates for 2022 conducted by Pulse Asia, released Thursday, followed by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos who tied at second spot with incumbent senator Grace Poe.
But in Metro Manila, the top probable candidates of respondents for president were Marcos (20 percent), Manila mayor Francisco Domagoso (18 percent), Duterte (16 percent), Poe (12 percent), and senator Emmanuel Pacquiao (12 percent).
Tied with Poe in Luzon at 17 percent was Domagoso, followed by Marcos (16 percent), vice president Leni Robredo (13 percent), Duterte-Carpio (12 percent), and Pacquiao (9 percent).
Duterte-Carpio led the top spot, with 26 percent of respondents picking her, followed by Marcos and Poe who were both tied at second place at 14 percent.
Pulse Asia said the nationwide survey, conducted on Nov. 23 to Dec. 23, asked 2,400 Filipino adults who they would vote for President, Vice President, and senators if the May 2022 elections were held today, and used face-to-face interviews and had a 2 percent error margin.
The survey has a ± 2% error margin at the 95 percent confidence level.
Subnational estimates for each of the geographic areas covered in the survey (i.e., Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao) have a ± 4 percent error margin, also at a 95 percent confidence level.
Respondents in Mindanao (58 percent) and in the Visayas (29 percent) also expressed support for Duterte-Carpio, said the survey.
In the Vice Presidential race, Manila Mayor Francisco Domagoso was number one at 17 percent, followed by Duterte-Carpio (16 percent), Senate President Vicente Sotto III (14 percent).
Trailing behind them were Marcos and senator Emmanuel Pacquiao who both received 11 percent support from respondents, Senator Christopher Go (9 percent).
Pulse Asia survey said Filipinos were least supportive of the the vice presidential bids of Sorsogon governor Francis Escudero (6 percent), Taguig City-Pateros representative Alan Peter Cayetano (5 percent), senator Juan Edgardo Angara (2 percent), Department of Public Works and Highways secretary Mark Villar (2 percent), and Atty. Jose Manuel Diokno (2 percent).
Ranked third was Domagoso at 12 percent, followed by Pacquiao at 10 percent.
In 5th place was vice president Leni Robredo at 8 percent, followed by senators Panfilo Lacson and Go both tied at 6th place at 4 percent.
Three other possible candidates that ranked 7th, 8th and 9th place respectively were Cayetano (3 percent), senator Richard Gordon (0.2 percent), and retired Supreme Court associate justice Antonio Carpio (0.1 percent).
The most preferred presidential bets of those belonging to Class ABC were Duterte-Carpio (27 percent) and Marcos (21 percent); Duterte-Carpio still posted the highest voters preference in Class E at 23 percent, followed by Poe (18 percent), and Pacquiao (14 percent).
Domagoso got the highest support at 22 percent in Metro Manila, followed by Sotto (18 percent).
The two also got the most support recorded in the rest of Luzon with Domagoso at 20 percent and Sotto at 18 percent.
The survey also showed that five probable candidates posted the same double-digit voter preference in Visayas.
They are Duterte (18 percent), Marcos (16 percent), Pacquiao (15 percent), Domagoso (12 percent), and Sotto (11 percent).
In Mindanao, 32 percent of respondents express support for the Davao City Mayor over other probable vice-presidential bets.
Leading bids in Class ABC were Duterte (22 percent), Sotto (14 percent), Domagoso (12 percent), and Marcos (12 percent).
Those in Class D most preferred to vote for Domagoso (18 percent), Duterte (15 percent), and Sotto (13 percent).
The survey was conducted after a series of storms that hit various parts of the country and caused massive flooding in the Cagayan Region.
It also followed the announcement of drugmakers Pfizer and Moderna that their vaccines are more than 90 percent effective against COVID-19 and the designation of Carlito Galvez Jr., as vaccine czara nd the extension of the general community quarantine of Metro Manila, Batangas, Lanao del Sur, and Davao del Norte until 31 December 2020 due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the said areas.