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Thanks perhaps to their strong name recall as showbiz personalities, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III are on top of voters’ minds as possible contenders for the vice presidency, according to Pulse Asia’s early survey on likely vice presidential contenders.

Results of the confidential survey showed Moreno as the top preferred vice presidential candidate, with a 35% rating. In far second was Sotto, with a 19% rating.

Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who lost in the 2016 vice presidential race, was in third place with an 18% rating while ousted House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano is tied with Senator Panfilo Lacson for fourth place with a nine percent rating.

Rounding up the top five list of possible vice presidential bets is Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, whose rating was at three percent.

Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte got a 0.4% rating, while Senator Bong Go and former senator Mar Roxas both received a 0.1% rating. Senator Grace Poe lagged behind with a 0.05% rating.

Two percent of the respondents said they didn’t have a preferred presidential candidate, three percent refused to answer while one percent said they don’t know whom to vote for.

The Pulse Asia survey was conducted from September 14 to 20, 2020 nationwide. Respondents were asked to choose from a list the presidential candidate they would vote for if the May 2022 elections were held at the time of the survey. However, they were also given the option to choose for a politiko whose name wasn’t on the list.

Former Presidential Communications Undersecretary Manolo Quezon shared a snapshot of the Pulse Asia survey in a tweet Thursday (October 15).

“Not so enlightening particularly because names so limited. But does suggest public isn’t in 2022 mode yet and no one has anything going for them except name recognition, with no bandwagons at this time,” he tweeted.

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