Over 80% of Filipinos who voted for President Bongbong Marcos express no regrets about their choice

Over 80% of Filipinos who voted for President Bongbong Marcos express no regrets about their choice
Over 80% of Filipinos who voted for President Bongbong Marcos express no regrets about their choice

More than 82% of Filipinos, who voted to elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. as president in the 2022 National Elections, have no regrets about their choice, public opinion research firm WR Numero reported (See Figure 1).

In its inaugural Philippine Public Opinion Monitor (The Opinion Monitor), WR Numero found that only 10.8% expressed regrets over voting to elect President Bongbong Marcos, while 7.1% were unsure (See Figure 1).

The share of voters who do not regret their choice was also high across voter partisanship: Administration Supporters (83.27%), Opposition Supporters (87.77%), Independent Voters (82.73%), and Unsure Voters (78.39%) (See Figure 2). 

This sentiment is also shared by voters in income Class D (86.42%), and Class E (82.08%), but is slightly lower among voters in income Class ABC (64.62%). Nearly 35% of voters in Class ABC who voted for Marcos, Jr. regret their decision, while less than 1% were unsure (See Figure 3). 

In the same survey, WR Numero also found that 87.8% of respondents who voted to elect Vice President Sara Duterte did not regret their choice. Only 8.5% say they regret voting for Duterte, while 3.7% were unsure (See Figure 1).

The portion of voters who have no regrets about voting for Duterte was also high across all voter partisanship: Administration Supporters (87.58%), Opposition Supporters (89.68%), Independent Voters (85.27%), and Unsure Voters (89.82%) (See Figure 2).

This nationally-representative survey is conducted face-to-face every quarter among 1,457 Filipino adults, aged 18 years old and above, across the country between 24 November and 24 December 2023. The nationwide survey has a ± 3% error margin at the 99% confidence level. At the sub-national level, the estimates for error margin are ± 9% for the National Capital Region, ± 5% for the rest of Luzon, ± 8% for Visayas, and ± 7% for Mindanao at a similar 99% confidence level. No individual or entity, partisan or otherwise, has singularly commissioned the independent survey.

These findings form part of WR Numero’s flagship public opinion research initiative, the Philippine Public Opinion Monitor on the WR Numero website (www.wrnumero.com). A full report is available to the public on the same date discussing in detail the results of the survey as well as its methodology.

The Opinion Monitor aims to further enrich the Philippine polling landscape by pioneering a survey design that focuses on tracking Filipino voters’ political attitudes and preferences according to partisanship and voter type. This innovation introduces novel demographic groupings that matter most to understanding and analyzing trends in political and social behavior. It also gives attention to new demographic groups, such as different age groups (youth, adult, and senior) and genders (heterosexual, LGBTQIA+, etc.)

Index of Figures 

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Figure 1. Regret on voting for PBBM, VP Sara Duterte in the 2022 National Elections
Figure 1. Regret on voting for PBBM, VP Sara Duterte in the 2022 National Elections
Figure 2. Regret on voting for PBBM, VP Sara Duterte in the 2022 National Elections by Self-Identified Partisanship
Figure 2. Regret on voting for PBBM, VP Sara Duterte in the 2022 National Elections by Self-Identified Partisanship
Figure 3. Regret on voting for PBBM in the 2022 National Elections by Income Class