Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, who is running for a seat in the Philippine’s 24-seat Senate , has suffered a huge drop that nearly had him kicked out of the magic 12, according to a poll released on Friday by Pulse Asia Inc.
In February, the boxer became the subject of an international controversy after he said in a TV interview that ‘same-sex couples were “worse than animals”‘. He was dropped by his sponsor sporting giant Nike within days.
Pacquiao, who is running under the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), registered the biggest decline in the voters’ level of support, according to the poll.
From 46.9 percent rating in early February, which put him in the 8th to 10th spot, Pacquiao’s rating dropped by 12.1 percentage points to 34.8 percent, placing him in the 11th to 14th position among other candidates, Sun Star reported.
The survey was conducted among 1,800 registered voters from February 15 to 20.
The 37-year-old congressman is running for a Senate seat in the May 9, 2016 national elections where 12 winners will join the winners of the 2013 election to form the 17th Congress of the Philippines.