Now that GE 2020 is done and dusted, we look back and reflect on the top stories that defined this political event of the year.
Without doubt, GE 2020 captured the attention of Singaporeans in July. An overwhelming majority tuned in to the events leading up to election day, with 86% of voters claiming they devoted much thought to the issues on hand, while 83% followed the news of various candidates closely.
In terms of headlines, the “loudest” incident that grabbed the attention of Singaporeans was PAP candidate Ivan Lim’s withdrawal (32%). This story narrowly edged out Lee Hsien Yang’s decision to support the PSP (31%). In third place was political newcomer Jamus Lim’s performance during the English language TV debate, which was selected by 28% of voters.
During the same TV debate, Dr Chee Soon Juan’s claim about the Government’s alleged plan for a 10 million population growth target was selected as a top story amongst 24% of Singaporeans. Finally, respondents selected DPM Heng Swee Keat’s now infamous ‘East Coast’ speech on nomination day (23%) as a top story of GE 2020.