Former senator and presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and vice presidential aspirant and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte topped the latest poll of Pulse Asia for those contending to the top two posts in the country this May.
Marcos got the vote of 60 percent of the 2,400 respondents covered by the survey conducted from January 19 to 24, which is an improvement over the 53 percent he got in Pulse Asia’s December survey.
The polling firm also said Marcos was also the top pick in all geographic areas. He got 66-percent preference in Mindanao, 61 percent in the rest of Luzon, 57 percent in the National Capital Region (NCR), and 53 percent in the Visayas.
Meanwhile, Robredo came in a distant second with 16 percent and 19 percent each in Balance Luzon and the Visayas, 16 percent in the NCR, and 8 percent in Mindanao. Robredo’s latest preferential rate is a drop from the 20 percent she got in the December survey.
Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquaio and Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso each got 8 percent, and Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson only got 4 percent.
Notably, the Pulse Asia survey was conducted after Marcos was unjustly criticized for not taking part in GMA Network’s presidential interview last January 22 hosted by Jessica Soho. Over Facebook and various social media platforms, the hashtag #BBMduwag made rounds and Marcos was made fun of. Marcos’ camp said the presidential aspirant refused to take part in GMA Network’s presidential interview as Soho was biased against the Marcoses.
For her part, Sara Duterte got 50 percent of the vote of the 2,400 respondents, which is an improvement over the 45 percent she got in December. She also got the highest preference among respondents from Mindanao at 84 percent, followed by the Visayas (47 percent), NCR (40 percent), and the rest of Luzon (36 percent).
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto 3rd came in at second with 29 percent.