Viral ‘national’ surveys of Senate bets on Facebook lack basis

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Two viral 'national' surveys on Facebook have no basis


UPDATE: This story was updated to reflect that media organizations attributed the December 2018 senatorial survey to Social Weather Stations. 

Two baseless nationwide surveys of senatorial candidates have been circulating on Facebook ahead of the May 2019 elections.


On Jan. 6, Atty. Glenn Chong Supporters, a Facebook page backing the senatorial aspirations of former Biliran Representative Glenn Chong, posted a ranking of senatorial candidates titled “LATEST NATIONAL SOCIAL SURVEY THRU FACEBOOK AS OF JANUARY 2, 2019, AS OF 8:00 P.M. 2019 SENATORIAL CANDIDATES.”

It bore the caption: “Pakikalat at report natin. Huwag basta maniwala sa mga biased surveys (Let us share and report this. Do not readily believe in biased surveys). CTTO”

Screengrab from Atty. Glenn Chong Supporters Facebook page









Source:, Atty. Glenn Chong Supporters, Jan. 6, 2019

Two days later, Silent No More PH posted another survey with the same title, but with a different date and rankings of certain candidates. The anti-Duterte page called it a “joke”:

“Dear Fellow Filipinos, JOKE OF THE DAY! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! #Joke #NgaNga#AlamNaThis #SilentNoMorePH,” it said.

Screengrab from Silent No More Facebook page









Source:, Silent No More PH, Jan. 8, 2019


Both surveys have no basis.

They lack the standards that researchers worldwide consider to be “mandatory requirements” in publishing professional survey results.

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