DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has emerged as a possible top contender for president in the 2022 national elections, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey.

The nationwide survey from February 22 to March 3 showed that 27 percent of Filipinos would support Duterte-Carpio succeeding her father, Rodrigo Duterte, as president should the 2022 elections be held this year.

She got majority preference from Mindanao with 60 percent, followed by Visayas (21 percent), Luzon (17 percent), and the National Capital Region (12 percent).

In previous interviews, Duterte-Carpio said she would decide by January 2021 if she would push through with a presidential bid.

President Duterte, however, has discouraged his daughter from running, saying it is not worth pursuing.

Meanwhile, former senator Ferdinand "Bong" Marcos is in second place with a 13 percent preference rating followed by Sen. Grace Poe and Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso, who is tied at third place with 12 percent preference ratings.

Sen. Emmanuel Pacquiao obtained an 11 percent preference rating while Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo got 7 percent.

In Metro Manila, the leading candidates are Domagoso (24 percent) and Marcos (18 percent), while those in the rest of Luzon are favored to vote for Marcos (19 percent), Duterte-Carpio (17 percent), Poe (15 percent), or Domagoso (13 percent).

In the Visayas, Duterte-Carpio received the most support (21 percent), followed by Pacquiao (15 percent), and Poe (14 percent).

Also included in the list of personalities who registered presidential voter preferences are Sen. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go (5 percent), former vice president Jejomar Binay (3 percent), Sen. Panfilo Lacson (2 percent), and Taguig City-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano (2 percent).

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

As for vice president, Domagoso clinched the top spot with a 16 percent preference.

He was followed by Pacquiao (15 percent), and Duterte-Carpio (15 percent), who "are statistically tied for the top spot as of February 2021", the pollster said.

Senate President Vicente Sotto 3rd 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).

Senate bets

Pacquiao remained the top choice for senator in the 2022 elections after he obtained a national voter preference of 58.9 percent in the same Pulse Asia survey.

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.

Lacson and Sen. 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 Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada (30.1 percent), Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian (28.1 percent), Binay (27.1 percent), and Sen. Francis Pangilinan (26.9 percent).

The Pulse Asia survey, conducted using face-to-face interview anong 2,400 adult respondents, used ±2 percent error margin at the 95 percent confidence level.