Election issues pop up again two months later

GE2015 happened 2 months ago, and on Wednesday (4 Nov), the Institute of Policy Studies released their survey findings of the elections.

Remember how we wondered if the opposition would win over more seats, or if dear Dr Chee Soon Juan would have a sweet return to politics in the form of a parliamentary seat?

If you’re too busy (or lazy) to read the rather ugly PowerPoint slides, here’s our summary of the more interesting bits.

1. Newspapers are one of the most-trusted media

This is pretty ironic, given that Singapore ranks below Russia in press freedom.

Remember that time The Straits Times removed three paragraphs from a letter SDP chief Dr Chee Soon Juan intended to direct at Chan Chun Sing? Very trusted indeed.

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What are ‘TV stations and their websites’ anyway? Maybe it’s the Toggle website.

2. Singaporeans are still hesitant to reveal who they voted for

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The percentages are correct; but given that the percentage of those who refused to answer constitute are quite sizeable, these statistics don’t mean all that much. Maybe those people all voted for the Opposition but were too afraid to reveal it.

3. Singaporeans don’t like activities that require effort

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The graphic came from a compilation of results that asked respondents what they did online leading up to Polling Day.

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure you don’t need a doctorate to obtain the result that more intensive activities have lower participation rates.

Isn’t that the same reason why for example, 50% of the population runs, 30% join marathons and only 1% join ultra-marathons in the Antarctic?

4. Party rally turnout is not indicative of final results

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If seats in Parliament could be won by turnout at rallies, Low Thia Khiang and Chee Soon Juan would most certainly be rubbing their hands in glee. Unfortunately not.

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5. Social media users trust mainstream media more

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This seems contradictory; since social media users would have had access to a greater number of alternative voices and publications as compared to mainstream media.

6. Status quo is pretty good

During the IPS post-election conference, it was noted that Singaporeans showed greater propensity to favour more diverse parliamentary representation. However, this was not reflected in the GE2015 results due to the ‘kiasi’ nature of Singaporeans in general.

Dr Gillian Koh of the IPS and NUS sociologist Tan Ern Ser agreed that voters could have had placed more emphasis on factors like efficient governance and presence of various welfare schemes.

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7. More middle and high-income earners backed PAP

*cough* new citizens *cough*.

What do you think?

Of course, PAP should be given its due credit for improving and trying to be more connected to Singaporeans ever since their dismal results at the 2011 elections.

They rolled out new policies, engaged more with us via social media and gave out SG50 goodie bags.

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Are the IPS findings similar to your own views of why GE 2015 had such results?

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With reference to The Straits Times, IPS