Sara Duterte leads May 2022 presidential, VP elections survey

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 23) — Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte emerged as the presidential and vice presidential frontrunner of the May 2022 elections based on an independent survey released on Monday.

In a study conducted by OCTA Research last Jan. 26-Feb. 1, the President's daughter topped the poll as 22% of respondents chose her to be the country's next president.

Following Duterte is Sen. Grace Poe with 13%, Sen. Manny Pacquiao and former Sen. Bongbong Marcos with 12% each, and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno with 11%.

Vice President Leni Robredo lagged behind as she only got 5% in the independent survey.

In the vice presidential race, Duterte also leads the pack after getting 14% of the survey votes. Moreno and Pacquiao inched closer with 11% each, while Poe only has 10%.

In the senatorial race, Pacquiao topped the OCTA survey after getting the nod of 57% of the respondents. Former senator and now Sorsogon Gov. Francis Escudero followed with 53%, while former House Speaker and Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano got 50% to complete the Top 3 for the May 2022 senatorial aspirants.

Included in the probable 'Magic 12' are broadcaster Erwin Tulfo (47%), former senator and Antique Rep. Loren Legarda (46%), Moreno (44%), Sen. Panfilo Lacson (43%), Marcos (42%), Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri (40%), former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada (37%), former Sen. JV Ejercito (34%), and Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian (33%).

Former Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista (32%), former Sen. Bam Aquino (31%), Sen. Richard Gordon (30%), Sen. Francis Pangilinan (30%), Lipa Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto (28%), former Sec. Mar Roxas (27%), Sen. Risa Hontiveros (27%), and Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez (27%) also have a statistical chance of making it in the Top 12.

About 1,200 respondents participated in OCTA's Tugon ng Masa National Survey using face-to-face interviews.

The OCTA survey results came as the older Duterte still garnered a 70% approval rating in a poll commissioned by Publicus Asia Inc. last December 2020, even if the government has been widely criticized for its slow COVID-19 pandemic response and delayed vaccine rollout.