Claim: Marcos takes lead in the March Social Weather Stations (SWS) presidential survey.
The Facts: A tweet by @ZippyHipolito claims that the Social Weather Stations, a non-profit organization executed a survey on March 2022 in which Marcos ranked first with 58%.
According to his tweet, the “leaked” survey results by SWS were commissioned by Stratbase ADR, an independent, international research organization focused on the in-depth analysis of economic, social, political, and strategic issues influencing the Philippines and the Indo-Pacific region. (https://twitter.com/ZippyHi…/status/1514574415295508485…
This is false because the documents circulating online are not posted on the official site of SWS.
Mangar Mangahas of the SWS already said in his Philippine Daily Inquirer column last April 9, “I made it clear that Social Weather Stations has not been publishing any horse-race statistics for 2022, simply because, for the first time since 1992, it has no media sponsor in the current presidential election season.” (https://opinion.inquirer.net/…/ethics-in-election…
Mangahas reiterated that supposedly SWS presidential surveys this year are fake news.
“Recently a fellow columnist claimed that Social Weather Stations did an election survey on Jan. 28-31, 2022, and that SWS released the results on Feb. 16, 2022 (see Joel Ruiz Butuyan, “Probing the surveys,” 4/7/22). Yet anyone who checks will see that there is no such SWS report posted on www.sws.org.ph
, which would be the legitimate basis for the claim.”
Why we fact-checked this: Several accounts on Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter have been bringing out this supposed survey. Examples are:
Not much is known about “Zippy” aside from being a vocal supporter of the BBM-Sara tandem. The survey came from an unreliable account with no reputable sources. The twitter account was only created in July 2020 with not much profile on the owner.