President Rodrigo Duterte and his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte (Presidential Photo)

MANILA – Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte still emerged as the top pick among the preferred presidential candidates in the 2022 national and local elections, according to the latest pre-election survey by private polling firm Pulse Asia.

The February 22 to March 3 poll by Pulse Asia found that Duterte got the nod of 27 percent of 2,400 registered Filipino voters.

Duterte had the most supporters in Mindanao (60 percent), followed by the Visayas (21 percent), Balance Luzon (17 percent), and Metro Manila (12 percent).

Late last year, Duterte also topped the list of possible presidential bets in a survey released by Pulse Asia.

Former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. came in second, posting a national voter preference of 13 percent.

Senator Grace Poe and Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso shared the third spot, both obtaining 12 percent.

Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao ranked fourth, scoring 11 percent.

Pacquiao was followed by Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo (7 percent), Senator Christopher Lawrence Go (3 percent), and former vice president Jejomar Binay and Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano (2 percent each).

The least preferred presidential candidates in next year’s elections were Senator Richard Gordon (1 percent), former defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro (0.5 percent), and retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio (0.2 percent).

Preferred vice presidential bets

Meantime, Moreno topped the list of preferred vice presidential candidates after being picked by 16 percent of the respondents.

Pacquiao and Duterte were statistically tied in the second spot, with 15 percent each.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Marcos both took the third spot, earning a voter preference of 11 percent each.

Go claimed the fourth sport, getting the nod of 9 percent of adult Filipinos.

Following Go were Cayetano and Sorsogon Gov. Francis Escudero (7 percent each), and Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, and Senator Juan Edgardo Angara (3 percent each).

Completing the list of potential vice presidential bets were human rights lawyer Jose Manuel Diokno (1 percent), and Teodoro (0.5 percent).

Potential Senate bets

According to Pulse Asia's latest survey, Pacquiao remained the top choice for senator in the 2022 elections after he obtained a national voter preference of 58.9 percent.

Domagoso enjoyed the second spot with 53 percent.

Sharing the third to seventh spot were broadcaster Raffy Tulfo (48.1 percent), Duterte (47.5 percent), Escudero (46.6 percent), and House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda (46.2 percent).

Cayetano secured the third to eighth spot with 44.4 percent, while Marcos claimed the seventh to 10th spot with 40.7 percent.

Senators Panfilo Lacson and Juan Miguel Zubiri shared the eighth to 11th spot, registering 38.1 percent.

Also included on the list of most preferred candidates for the senatorial race were television host Willie Revillame (34.3 percent), former senator Jinggoy Estrada (30.1 percent), Senator Sherwin Gatchalian (28.1 percent), Binay (27.1 percent), and Senator Francis Pangilinan (26.9 percent).

Pulse Asia used ±2 percent error margin at the 95 percent confidence level. (PNA)