Pulse Asia cites Duterte's high approval rating behind Sara's lead in survey

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 14) — Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte's lead in the latest survey for presidency can be attributed to the high trust and approval ratings of her father President Rodrigo Duterte, pollster Pulse Asia Research Inc. said Wednesday.

Pulse Asia research director Ana Tabunda told CNN Philippines' The Source what factors made the presidential daughter top the nationwide "Ulat ng Bayan" survey on presidential preference for next year's elections.

"I think she’s leading the race largely because of her identification with her father," she said.

"(It's) not just name recall, the President also has very high approval and trust ratings. It’s leading to favorable results for Sara Duterte," Tabunda added.

READ: Dutertes lead Pulse Asia survey for 2022 polls 

The survey conducted from June 7 to 16 through face-to-face interviews among 2,400 adult Filipinos showed that if elections were held at the time the poll was conducted, 28% would vote for the Davao City mayor to take the highest post in the land.

The next choices for president were Manila Mayor Isko Moreno (14%), former senator Bongbong Marcos (13%), Senator Grace Poe (10%), and Senator Manny Pacquiao (8%).

Tabunda also explained that Vice President Leni Robredo (6%) of the opposition only placed sixth on the list, likely due to the President's "attitude" towards her since taking office.

"The President is very popular and as we know he had been highly critical of VP Leni Robredo and even removed her from the Cabinet," she said.

In a statement, Office of the Vice President spokesperson Barry Gutierrez expressed confidence that Robredo will still get the numbers should she pursue her presidential bid.

"VP Leni's numbers are respectable considering that she has been focused on working on Covid-19 response initiatives and has paid no attention to the frantic positioning for 2022 at all," he added.

Aspiring candidates have until October to decide whether they will file their certificate of candidacy for next year's polls.