Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte-Carpio topped the list of preferred presidential and vice presidential candidates for the 2022 elections, results of an independent Pulse Asia survey released Wednesday showed.
Marcos was the number one pick for president if the elections were held during the Dec. 1 to 6 survey period, chosen by 53% of the 2,400 respondents. He topped the pollster's list for the first time after Duterte-Carpio, who led in the previous survey, decided to run for vice president instead.
It was the first pre-election survey by Pulse Asia since the filing of certificates of candidacy and substitutions ended on Nov. 15. The respondents were given names to choose from and the study had a 2% error margin.
Following Marcos was Vice President Leni Robredo, with 20% of the respondents choosing her. Manila Mayor Isko Domagoso and Sen. Manny Pacquiao came next with voter preference of 8%, Sen. Panfilo Lacson with 6%, Antonio Parlade with 0.01%, and Leody De Guzman with 0.004%.
Duterte-Carpio led the vice presidential race chosen by 45% of the respondents, overtaking the top spot from Senate President Vicente Sotto III who is now in second place with 31% voter preference.
They are followed by Sen. Francis Pangilinan with 12% voter preference, Dr. Willie Ong with 6%, Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza with 1%, and Walden Bello with 0.01%.
Fourteen of the 48 senatorial aspirants included in the poll have a statistical chance of winning the elections if it were conducted during the survey period.
Topping the list of preferred senatorial bets is former Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, with 64.1% of Filipino voters including him in their list of senators. He is followed by broadcaster Raffy Tulfo (60%), Antique Rep. Loren Legarda (58.7&), Sorsogon Gov. Chiz Escudero (53.9%), and former DPWH Sec. Mark Villar (51.3%).
The Dec. 1 to 6 Pulse Asia survey is the pollster's first election poll conducted after the filing of candidacies for the 2022 elections.
The Comelec was supposed to release the final list of candidates on Dec. 15, but it was postponed to a later date pending the resolution of nuisance candidate cases.