Thursday, November 3, 2011

Stuff the IPS survey on PE did not report

There was one question the surveyors from IPS asked which went unreported. The question is:
Whom did you vote for in the presidential election?
IPS did not report the findings from this question because they were not able to conclusively report on that question, as only 1000 people (from a base of 2025) chose to answer it.

But still it is interesting to note how these 1000 who responded to the question answered:

16.6 per cent of the respondents said that they voted for Tan Cheng Bock, 26.3 per cent for Tony Tan, 1.4 per cent for Tan Kin Lian and 5.1 per cent for Tan Jee Say.  We all know what the actual vote tally was:
The surveyors at IPS asked another question, "Which party did you vote for in the general election held in May 2011?", for which they had inconclusive findings as well.  The political parties those surveyed could pick from that question were, PAP, WP, SDP, SDA, NSP, RP and SPP.

Although I did not get to see the inconclusive findings to that question, I think I will not be too wrong to think that most people who chose to answer that question chose 'PAP'.

What these inconclusive findings tell me is that people who are supportive of the PAP and the candidates backed by the Party are less fearful of repercussions, and so could boldly answer who they voted for.

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Picture: New Asia Republic

3 comments:

Subra said...

For many, the act of voting for the opposition was itself an act of shedding some of their fear. So, I am not surprised that most would not have entirely gotten rid of that fear and in a situation where a survey is done through what would be perceived by the participants as an 'official' channel, a significant portion of opposition voters chose not to disclose their preference.

bryant3000 said...

"What these inconclusive findings tell me is that people who are supportive of the PAP and the candidates backed by the Party are less fearful of repercussions, and so could boldly answer who they voted for."

There is an other possible conclusion: those who voted for the Opposition were too "paiseh" to admit so :)

Gary said...

For real answers try an anonymous approach for certain sensitive questions.