Chong post about topping online poll needs context

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A Facebook post by senatorial candidate Glenn Chong expressing gratitude for topping an online poll needs context.

On Feb. 24, Chong posted:

We got 30% of 66,015 votes for which candidate impressed you the most in Harapan 2019 Senatorial Debate.

The Yahoo poll is informal, open to whoever wishes to respond. It is not a scientific survey that has a representative sample, or one that is a fairly accurate reflection of the population.

Yahoo asked readers which of nine candidates -- Chong, Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Larry Gadon, Samira Gutoc, Florin Hilbay, Jiggy Manicad, Willie Ong and Francis Tolentino -- impressed the most during the Feb. 17 ABS-CBN Senatorial Town Hall Debate.

Chong, running under the party Katipunan ng Demokratikong Pilipino, is in the 33-53 bracket in the most recent Pulse Asia survey.  Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations surveys on senatorial preferences use representative samples.

The Commission on Elections permits the publication of election surveys along with the following information:

  • The name of the person, candidate, party or organization that commissioned, paid for or subscribed to the survey;

  • The name of the person, polling firm or survey organization who conducted the survey;

  • The period during which the survey was conducted, the methodology used, including the number of individual respondents and the areas from which they were selected, and the specific questions asked;

  • The margin of error of the survey, and the margin of error of each question with a margin of error greater than that of the survey; and

  • A mailing address and telephone number where the survey sponsor can be contacted

— Commission on Elections Resolution No. 10488, Jan. 30, 2019

Violation of the rules constitutes an election offense.

In January, VERA Files posted a video which lists the things voters should look for in election surveys.


Commission on Elections Resolution No. 10488. (2019, January 30). Retrieved from

Glenn Chong. (2019, February 24). In Facebook [Official Page]. Retrieved from

Vera Files Fact Sheet: What to look for in election surveys (2019, January 24). Vera Files. Retrieved from

Yahoo Poll: Which candidate impressed you the most at ABS-CBN’s first senatorial debate? (2019, February 20). Yahoo. Retrieved from





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