Marcos-Duterte tandem still leading in Pulse Asia survey

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13) — Presidential bet Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and his running mate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte continue to be the frontrunners for the May 9 polls, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey released on Sunday.

Marcos’ score rose to 60% in the Jan. 19-24 survey from 53% in the Pulse Asia December 2021 survey.

The late dictator's son still holds a wide gap over Vice President Leni Robredo, who is in far second with 16%. She received a lower rating than her 20% tally in the December 2021 survey.

Marcos, a former Ilocos Norte governor and senator, secured the majority of support in all of the country's major island groups, with Mindanao being the highest at 66%.

The survey also showed Marcos receiving majority of support in socioeconomic classes D (61%) and E (56%), but his numbers went down in the C class from 53% in December 2021 to 50% in January 2022.

The Marcos camp said the latest Pulse Asia survey shows the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas standard bearer is way ahead of his opponents.

"Numbers don't lie, and it is really humbling to know that our message for national unity is resonating among the overwhelming majority of the Filipino people," Marcos camp spokesperson Vic Rodriguez said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Robredo's camp said the survey results are too early to influence the election outcome as the study was made before the presidential fora conducted last month.

"VP Leni's stellar performance in those interviews, added to the massive rallies that have come out for her during this first week of the official campaign, give us confidence that she has the clear momentum. We have no doubt this will be reflected in the coming surveys, and of course, on election day," said Robredo's spokesperson Barry Gutierrez in a statement.

Boxer-turned-politician Manny Pacquiao and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno are tied at the third spot with 8% each, while Senator Ping Lacson completed the top five with 4%.

Moreno topped the separate Pulse Asia survey for second choice for presidential candidates with 24% followed by Lacson and Pacquiao (14% each), Robredo (13%), and Marcos (10%).

In the vice presidential race, Duterte’s survey score increased from 46% in December 2021 to 50% in January 2022.

She also enjoys the majority of support from all socioeconomic classes. Across geographic areas, she leads in three of the four locations.

Senate President Tito Sotto, who is second in the latest survey with 29%, topped the Balance Luzon group with 37% compared to Duterte's 36%.

Senator Kiko Pangilinan settled for third place in the national survey with 11% followed by Dr. Willie Ong with 5% and former Manila Mayor and party-list lawmaker Lito Atienza with 1%.

Sotto led the second choice for vice presidential bets with 35% followed by Duterte (15%), Pangilinan (14%), Ong (11%), and Atienza (3%).

In the senatorial race, former broadcaster Raffy Tulfo sits comfortably at the top of the latest Pulse Asia survey with 66.1%.

Former Senators Alan Peter Cayetano (58.2%), Loren Legarda (58.0%), and Francis Escudero (55.7%) garnered the next highest survey ratings.

Rounding up the Magic 12 in the survey are former Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar (52.9%), reelectionists Migz Zubiri (50.3%) and Win Gatchalian (45.9%), former Vice President Jejomar Binay (44.5%), former Senator Jinggoy Estrada (40.4%), reelectionists Joel Villanueva (40.4%) and Risa Hontiveros (37.1%), actor Robin Padilla (35.9%), and former Senator JV Ejercito (35.9%).

Pulse Asia said 2,400 individuals participated in the survey.