Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte will handily succeed her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, if the 2022 elections were held late this year, according to a commissioned survey conducted by Pulse Asia.
Results of the survey obtained by Politiko showed Sara leading the list of possible presidential bets with a 26% preference rating. Trailing behind the presidential daughter and tied at second place were Senator Grace Poe and former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. at 14%.
In third place is Manila mayor Isko Moreno with a 12% preference rating.
Senator Manny Pacquiao, who was recently chosen as PDP-Laban’s president, ranked fourth with a 10% preference rating.
Vice President Leni Robredo is in fifth place at 8%, followed by Senators Panfilo Lacson and Bong Go, who are tied at sixth place at 4%.
Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano is in seventh place with a 3% rating, followed by Senator Richard Gordon at 0.2% and former Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio at 0.1%.
Respondents of the Pulse Asia survey were asked: “Of the people on this list, whom would you vote for as President of the Philippines if the May 2022 elections were held today and they were candidates? You may mention others not included in this list.”
Four percent of those surveyed either refused to answer, don’t know who to choose or picked no one.
Meanwhile, a combined one percent of the survey respondents picked either of the three politikos who were not on Pulse Asia’s list of candidates: President Duterte, Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. or bilyonaryo Manny Villar.
The commissioned Pulse Asia survey was conducted between November 23, 2020 and December 2, 2020.
Sara has been coy about her political plans, though her own father has been vocally discouraging her from running for president.
In the run up to the 2019 elections, Sara founded her own political party, Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP).