This presidential election has no parallel. There are four candidates, with none of them an assured winner, in contrast to the general elections have always returned the People’s Action Party to power since the late 1960s. It’s exciting but it is also unexplored terrain for political analysis. We have no history of similar nationwide contests that we can plumb for guidance.
When the results are out, how are we to make sense of it?
Time for another survey [survey now closed].
The survey embedded below is a very straightforward one, with 12 simple questions that will barely require two minutes. Do the survey only after you’ve decided who to vote for, or after you’ve actually voted.
The survey begins by asking which candidate you have decided to vote for.
The 2nd and 3rd questions try to get a sense of how well the candidate (whom you have chosen) resonates with you, and how confident you are that you know how he will actually perform in office. I think these questions are important because it is possible, in my view, that the campaign has been too short.
Unlike political parties which generally have years of history — so we know roughly where they stand — these are individual candidates. Perhaps some of us had no clear idea who they were until the campaign started. Do we feel we know enough by the end of the campaign?
To complicate matters, this is only the second contested presidential election in Singapore’s history and the first in 18 years. It was only until perhaps a month ago that people even began to wonder what exactly the Singapore constitution requires of the president.
All the remaining questions are obvious and you will find yourself speeding through them.
The survey will stay open for two and a half days till midday Saturday. In keeping with the law, I will not publish the results until the winner of the election is announced, and even then, perhaps a few days later, because I need time to process the data.
Please help propagate the link to this article and to the survey form
With only two and a half days, we need to get a lot of responses quickly to obtain a meaningful result.