Earlier this month, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was welcomed by USA President, Barack Obama, at the White House, honouring Singapore as the first South-East Asian country to be invited to a State Dinner. Blackbox took to the streets, inviting local Singaporean residents to have their say on the visit.
With three in four Singaporeans tuning in to PM Lee’s White House visit, Blackbox decided to ask Singaporeans whether or not they thought the visit would be beneficial for Singapore. Just over three quarters either ‘agreed’ or ‘strongly agreed’ that the visit is beneficial, with one in five thinking that it will have little effect on Singapore.
During the State Dinner, President Obama demonstrated his knowledge of Singlish, closing his speech with “Yam Seng” – Drink to success. Over half of Singaporeans thought Obama’s Singlish was a good effort, with one in five being highly impressed. Nonetheless, younger Singaporeans, as well as females, tended to be more impressed with his efforts than their male, older counterparts.