Pulse Asia: Sara Duterte top pick for president, Sotto leads VP polls

Davao City Mayo Sara Duterte and Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III. - PDI file photos

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network): Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio remained the top pick for president, while Senate President Vicente Sotto III emerged as the leading bet for vice president in the 2022 national elections, Pulse Asia’s survey released Wednesday (Sept 29) showed.

According to Pulse Asia, Duterte-Carpio is the most preferred candidate for president with 20 per cent of Filipino adults expressing support for her during the survey period from Sept 6 to Sept 11, 2021.

Duterte-Carpio maintained her lead in the presidential race despite a decrease in her rating which was at 28 per cent in the Pulse Asia’s survey conducted in June.

She has announced she will not vie for the presidency.

The Davao City mayor was followed by former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos with 15 per cent, Manila City Mayor Francisco 'Isko Moreno' Domagoso with 13 per cent, and Senator Manny Pacquiao with 12 per cent.

Senator Grace Poe got 9 per cent, Vice President Leni Robredo got 8 per cent, and Senator Panfilo Lacson had 6 per cent.

For the potential vice president, Sotto became the top choice with 25 per cent of Filipinos surveyed expressing support for his candidacy.

President Rodrigo Duterte trailed behind Sotto with 14 per cent, followed by Moreno and Marcos with 12 per cent each, and Pacquiao and Senator Christopher 'Bong' Go with 7 per cent each.

Duterte dropped to second place from the previous Pulse Asia survey results where he was the leading vice presidential candidate with 18 per cent rating. Sotto was only third in the previous survey with a rating of 10 per cent.

Pulse Asia President Ronald Holmes said the latest release was part of their regular survey.

The nationwide survey was based on face-to-face interviews of 2,400 adult Filipinos or those aged 18 and above. It also used a ± 2% error margin at the 95% confidence level.

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