A post circulating on Facebook claiming that former senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. retains the lead in an April 2022 presidential preference survey conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS) is false.

SWS, which usually posts its survey results on its website and often accompanied them with media releases, did not conduct such survey.

A check on the website of SWS (www.sws.org.ph) on Thursday, 5 May, showed the pollster posted only four items from April 1 to 30, 2022. https://www.sws.org.ph/swsmain/generalArtclSrchPage/?page=1&srchprm=&arttyp=6&stdtrng=&endtrng=&swityp=

On its homepage, SWS has issued a public reminder, warning that false reportage about SWS surveys is very common in the period leading up to an election. 

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