Sara Duterte, Tito Sotto top Pulse Asia's latest survey for 2022 elections

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 29)— Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Senate President Tito Sotto are the leading contenders in Pulse Asia’s latest survey for the two highest positions in the land in the 2022 national elections.

The survey, conducted on Sept. 6-11, showed 20% of Filipino adults would vote for the presidential daughter if elections were held on the day the poll was conducted.

The score, however, is an eight percent drop from the 28% rating she obtained in the June survey. 

The Davao City mayor managed to top the survey despite insisting she will not pursue the presidency with her father President Rodrigo Duterte formally declaring his bid for the second highest seat in the country.

Former senator and vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos trailed the younger Duterte with 15%, followed by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno with 13%, and Sen. Manny Pacquiao with 12%.

Rounding out the top five were Sen. Grace Poe, clinching 9% of the total surveyed population, and Vice President Leni Robredo with 8%.

Sotto, meanwhile, topped the list of preferred candidates for vice president in the 2022 elections with 25% – bumping President Rodrigo Duterte down to second place with 14%.

The chief executive was followed by Moreno and Marcos, both with 12%. Pacquiao and his fellow senator Bong Go came next, both securing 7%.

Tulfo, Cayetano top senatorial picks

Pulse Asia likewise polled respondents on their preferred senatorial candidates in next year’s election. For this survey, broadcaster and radio personality Raffy Tulfo (55.2%) and Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano (53.6%) topped their choices.

Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero followed them with 47.9% along with Antique Rep. Loren Legarda (47.2%), Moreno (42.3%), Pacquiao (42.2%), and Sen. Panfilo Lacson (40.5%).

Marcos was also among the pack, cornering 40.2%. TV host Willie Revillame (36.6%), Public Works Secretary Mark Villar (36.2%), former vice president Jejomar Binay (29.5%), and former senator Jinggoy Estrada (29.4%) complete the top 12 senatorial picks.

The filing of certificates of candidacy will be from Oct. 1 to 8.