2022 PH vice presidential race

Sara Duterte still leads VP race in March 2022 Pulse Asia survey

Bea Cupin

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Sara Duterte still leads VP race in March 2022 Pulse Asia survey

UniTeam vice presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte leads the blessing of the BBM-SARA headquarters in Pooc, Poblacion, Liloan, Cebu on March 18, 2022. Jacqueline Hernandez/Rappler

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The Davao City mayor sees her numbers rise as her closest rival, Senator Tito Sotto, records a dip in voter preference numbers
Sara Duterte still leads VP race in March 2022 Pulse Asia survey

MANILA, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte is still the frontrunner in the vice presidential race, according to the March 2022 Pulse Asia Research, Incorporated survey on voter preference released on Wednesday, April 6.

Some 56% of respondents said they would elect her to the second-highest post in the land if elections were held during the survey period, March 17 to 21. This is a 3 percentage point rise from her numbers in the late February 2022 edition of the survey.

Duterte dominated in all locations – Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The Davao mayor also saw an 8-point rise in her Metro Manila numbers. The bulk of her events in March were in and around the capital region.

In far second place is Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, who went from 24% in February, to 20% voter preference in March. Sotto lost ground, most notably in Balance Luzon, where he dropped 9 percentage points. Elsewhere, Sotto either gained or lost 1 percentage point, putting him well within the limit ± 4% error margin for the geographic areas. Pulse Asia said the error margin at the national level was at ± 2% with 95% confidence level.

Duterte is the running mate of presidential survey frontrunner Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in the Uniteam ticket while Sotto is running alongside Senator Panfilo Lacson, who placed fifth in the same Pulse Asia survey.

At third place is Vice President Leni Robredo’s running mate, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan saw his numbers rise from 11% in February to 15% in the March survey. Like his running mate, Pangilinan saw a rise in his numbers across all locations and all socio-economic classes, save for the National Capital Region.

During the survey period, Uniteam tandem campaigned mostly in Luzon. Robredo and Pangilinan, meanwhile, continued to draw huge crowds in campaign rallies across the country. The day before the survey period ended, the Robredo-Pangilinan ticket held their biggest rally yet – of over 100,000 people based on unofficial counts – in Pasig City. – Rappler.com

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Bea Cupin

Bea is a senior multimedia reporter who covers national politics. She's been a journalist since 2011 and has written about Congress, the national police, and the Liberal Party for Rappler.