VERA FILES FACT SHEET: What to look for in election surveys

How do you tell if an election survey is legitimate?

Ahead of the May 13 elections, several surveys have been making the rounds on social media, including an informal poll posted by Twitter account “#Halalan2019.”

At first glance, the account, which promises followers election-related updates, looks credible and familiar: It uses the official logo of the Commission on Elections and the brand of ABS-CBN News’ election coverage.

Yet, both Comelec and ABS-CBN News denied owning or managing the account.

In this fact sheet, we list down the guidelines to help you spot fraudulent surveys.

(Guided by the code of principles of the International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter, VERA Files tracks the false claims, flip-flops, misleading statements of public officials and figures, and debunks them with factual evidence. Find out more about this initiative and our methodology.)


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