Pacquiao approval rating plunges

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 17: WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao poses during a news conference at MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 17, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao will meet WBA welterweight super champion Keith Thurman in a WBA welterweight title fight on July 20 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Senator Manny Pacquiao’s approval ratings in the second quarter of this year took a dive after he made allegations of worsening corruption in the Duterte administration, a latest survey of PUBLiCUS Asia shows.

The survey conducted from July 13 to 19 showed Pacquiao’s approval rating going down to 37 percent or by 29 points from 66 percent, while his trust rating went down to 25 percent from 53 percent.

As a result, his disapproval rating increased by almost three times to 35 percent from 12 percent.

“In light of his recent statements against the incumbent president, [Pacquiao’s] disapproval rating surged from 12 percent to 35 percent,” PUBLiCUS Asia said.

The survey also showed that the senators who got the highest performance ratings were Grace Poe (50 percent), Richard Gordon (48 percent), Bong Go and Miguel Zubiri (both at 46 percent)

To recall, Pacquiao alleged in June that corruption under the Duterte administration was getting worse, and tried to block last May a national assembly of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) in Cebu City that was called by party chairman President Rodrigo Duterte and convened by then party vice chairman Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi.

Pacquiao also opposed the holding of the PDP-Laban assembly last July 17 in Clark, Pampanga, that saw his ouster as president of the party. Cusi was elected the new PDP-Laban president.

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