Latest Pulse Asia’s Pulso ng Bayan, which was conducted on April 16 to 20, revealed that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is the top choice of the respondents across all social class garnering 35 percent of the total votes.
Out of the 1,800 respondents, which are with biometrics aged 18 and above, 43 percent from Class ABC, 32 percent from Class D and 40 percent from Cloass E has chosen the iron-fist mayor.
Duterte is also the top choice in Mindanao, acquiring 58 percent of the respondents’ preference. In Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, and Visayas, meanwhile, he got 40 percent, 28 percent and 32 percent, respectively.
These voting preferences are despite the issue that Duterte has faced after his statement about a rape incident that transpired many years ago in Davao.
Following Duterte in the top spot is Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares having 23 percent of the voting preference. There is a 12-point margin between the two presidential candidates.
The rest of the presidential candidates got much lower scores with Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II garnering 17 percent, Vice President Jejomar “Jojo Binay acquiring 16 percent and Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago reaping two percent.
A political analyst has previously said in an interview with Philstar.com that Duterte was able to gain the favor of Filipino voters because of his iron-fist image.
“According to Dindo Manhit, managing director of consultancy firm Stratbase, voters’ frustration on issues triggered extremity of anger and fear rising from crime and drug addiction, which Duterte vows to eradicate. He said the mayor’s portrayal of tough leadership and disciplinarian style was also perceived to wipe out corruption,” the article published on April 24 stated.