Sara Duterte-Carpio tops survey of potential presidential bets


(Top Row-Left to Right) Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, Sen. Grace Poe, Former Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr., Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Sen. Manny Pacquiao, and Vice President Leni Robredo. (Bottom Row Left to Right) Sen. Ping Lacson, Sen. Bong Go, former Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, Sen. Dick Gordon, and Justice Antonio Carpio

MANILA – This early, even while the presidential elections is set more than a year away — in 2022, several potential candidates have surfaced. According to a Pulse Asia survey conducted from Nov. 23 to Dec. 2, the results showed that 26 percent of Filipinos would support Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s daughter, if the election were held this year.

The mayor obtained a majority preference from Mindanao with 50 percent, Visaya, 29 percent, Metro Manila, 16 percent; and the rest of Luzon at 12 percent.

Tied at second place were Sen. Grace Poe and former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. at 14 percent. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno in third place with a 12 percent preference. Boxing champion and senator Manny Pacquiao received a 10 percent mark.

Other presidential bets in the list include:
-Vice President Leni Robredo at 8% percent
-Senators Ping Lacson and Bong Go tied at 6th place at 4 percent
-Former Speaker, current Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano at 3 percent
-Sen. Richard Gordon at 0.2 percent
-Former Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio at 0.1 percent

Respondents to the survey were asked: “Of the people on this list, who would you vote for a President of the Philippines if the May 2022 elections were held today and they were candidates? You may mention others not included in this list.”

Four percent of those surveyed either refused to answer, don’t know who to choose, or picked no one.

A combined 1 percent of the survey respondents also picked personalities not on Pulse Asia’s list of candidates namely President Duterte, Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., or Manny Villar.

As for the vice president, Moreno topped the list with a 17 percent preference; followed by Sara Duterte, 16 percent; Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto at 14 percent. Marcos and Pacquiao were tied at 11 percent.

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