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Sara Duterte still top pick for president, Tito Sotto emerges as top pick for vice president—Pulse Asia survey

By Hannah Mallorca Published Sep 29, 2021 3:01 pm


Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio remained as the leading contender for president, while Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III emerged as the top bet for vice president in the 2022 national elections, according to a Pulse Asia survey released Wednesday, Sept. 29.

The survey, which was conducted from Sept. 6 to 11, showed the presidential daughter as the top choice with 20% of Filipino adults expressing their support for her.

The Davao City Mayor maintained her lead in the presidential polls, despite an eight-point decrease from her rating on the polling body's survey in June.

Rounding up the top five candidates were former senator Bongbong Marcos with 15%, Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno with 13%, Senator Manny Pacquiao with 12%, Senator Grace Poe with 9%, and Vice President Leni Robredo with 8%. 

Sotto, meanwhile, topped the vice-presidential poll with 25%, bumping President Rodrigo Duterte to second place with 14%. 

The incumbent president was followed by Moreno and Marcos with 12% each and Manny Pacquiao with 7%.

On the other hand, broadcast journalist Raffy Tulfo was named as the top senatorial bet with 55.2% of respondents saying they will vote for him.

Tulfo is followed by former house speaker Alan Peter Cayetano (53.6%), Sorsogon governor Chiz Escudero (47.9%), former senator Loren Legarda (47.2%), Moreno (42.3%) and Pacquiao (42.2%) at the top six spots.

Rounding up the magic 12 are former senator and presidential aspirant Ping Lacson (40.5%), Marcos (40.2%), TV host Willie Revillame (36.6%), DPWH Secretary Mark Villar (36.2%), former vice president and Makati City mayor Jejomar Binay (29.5%), and former senator Jinggoy Estrada (29.4%). 

The nationwide survey was based on a sample of 2,400 respondents with an error margin of +/-2% at a 95% confidence level.

Duterte-Carpio will reportedly seek re-election as Davao City mayor, as of this writing. In August, she urged her father and Senator Bong Go to publicly confirm their tandem for the 2022 national elections. 

Banner and thumbnail photos from Mayor Inday Sara Duterte and Vicente Tito Sotto’s Facebook accounts