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2020 in Review: News Personality of the Year

End 2020

Singapore News Personality of the Year

Given it was an election year in Singapore and a year marked by the COVID-19 epidemic, it is not surprising that politicians dominated the news in 2020.

PM Lee Hsien Loong came in as #1 news personality of the year by all Singaporeans. But the strong performance of the Workers’ Party in the GE is reinforced by the fact that Jamus Lim comes in at #2 and Pritam Singh at #4 in our poll. Jamus Lim is actually the top choice this year amongst older Singaporeans (50 and above), reflecting his broad social appeal.

With his ongoing presence daily throughout the circuit breaker period, Lawrence Wong grabs the overall #3 spot in 2020.

Rounding out the top 5 is Heng Swee Keat.

Of the personalities just outside the top 5, the most notable is Parti Liyani, whose high-profile court case saw her lower-court prosecution overturned by the Supreme Court. Nas Daily also stands out as a popular choice amongst Gen Zers (25 and under).

International News Personality of the Year

The international news cycle this year was dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the US Presidential election, and rising global support for the Black Lives Matter movement. The key actors from each event are thus predominant in Singaporeans’ selection this year.

Donald Trump, the current US President, and his successor, Joe Biden, are seen as equally important this year by Singaporeans, as evidenced by their tie at the top of the rankings.

Behind them is the man who could, more than any other, shape the world over the next decade: Chinese Premier, Xi Jinping.

At #3 is George Floyd, whose death at the hands of police officers set off a wave of global support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Next at #4 is self-proclaimed Twitter troll Elon Musk, who in his spare time runs a couple of billion-dollar companies.

Rounding off the top 5 are two undisputed experts in their respective fields: US Health czar, Dr Anthony Fauci, and the performer who went on a songwriting spree during the lockdown – Taylor Swift.

Just outside the top 5 are two women who may go on to define the 2020s – NZ Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, and incoming US Vice President, Kamala Harris. Jurgen Klopp, who delivered Liverpool’s first English football title in 30 years, is also a popular choice.

Images of Jamus Lim and Pritam Singh are sourced from The Workers’ Party Facebook Page. Image of Lee Hsien Yang is sourced from the Progress Singapore Party Facebook Page.