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In Pulse Asia’s April study, BBM and Sara are still the frontrunners.

MANILA, Philippines — According to the latest Pulse Asia poll issued Monday, former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte are the frontrunners among presidential and vice-presidential candidates, respectively, exactly a week before the May 9 elections.

Marcos received 56 percent of 2,400 respondents in a survey done from April 16 to 21, 2022, which is the same rating he received in March.

Vice President Leni Robredo is in second place with 23% of the vote, down 1% from the previous poll.

Senator Manny Pacquiao beat Manila Mayor Isko Moreno to third place. In the most recent poll, they received 7% and 4%, respectively.

Senator Panfilo Lacson, on the other hand, received 2% of the vote and stayed in fifth place.

In addition, Mayor Sara Duterte maintained her strong lead as the most popular vice-presidential candidate, with 55 percent of the vote.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III is in second place with 18 percent, followed by Robredo’s running mate Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan (16%), Dr. Willie Ong (3%), Manny Lopez (1%), Buhay Party-list Rep. Jose “Lito” Atienza Jr. (0.5%), former Akbayan Party-list representative Walden Bello (0.4%), Carlos Serapio (0.3%), and Rizalito David (0.1%).

“The most important survey for all of us in the UniTeam is the election day itself,” lawyer Vic Rodriguez, Marcos’ chief of staff and spokesperson, said in a statement. “Thus, we call upon our countrymen to be vigilant and let us ensure that the true and genuine will of the people shall be heard, be counted, and prevail.” “As Filipinos of one race and one nation, the election is about our future.”

Across all geographic locations, socioeconomic classes, and age categories, Marcos and Duterte scored far higher than the other contenders.

Marcos is also the most popular presidential candidate in terms of educational attainment, with a 49 percent approval rating among voters with no formal education or who have only completed elementary school; 52 percent among those who took vocational courses; 58 percent among voters who completed high school and college; 60 percent among those who attended but did not complete high school; and 61 percent among those who attended but did not complete college.

The study was performed by interviewing registered voters aged 18 and up. At the 95 percent confidence level, the survey has a 2% error margin.

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