Monthly Spotlight

Three in Five Singaporeans Confident Heng Swee Keat Has What It Takes to Be The Next PM

Picked as PAP’s first assistant secretary-general last November, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat has been portrayed in media outlets as the most likely candidate to be the next Prime Minister of Singapore.

When asked about their impressions of Heng Swee Keat, 59% of Singaporeans think of him in a positive light while 22% of Singaporeans have yet to form any opinions of him.

Three in five Singaporeans are confident that Heng Swee Keat has what it takes to be the next Prime Minister. They identify his top three personal traits for the job as experience (47%), economic credentials (44%) and his calm demeanor (42%).

At this stage, 17% of Singaporeans have still not made up their mind whether Heng Swee Keat should be the next Prime Minister or not. This figure is more than double (36%) for those aged between 15-24 years old. The top concern among Singaporeans about his suitability is his health status and medical history (43%).

Related Articles

Monthly Spotlight

With the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee now up and running, speculation is rife as to the date of the next GE date. Some are predicting the poll will take place before the end of 2019, while others are betting it will be in the first half of next year. Do Singaporeans want an earlier or […]

Read More

Monthly Spotlight

The PM’s National Day address this year had no shortage of big announcements, including a major shift on climate change preparation for our little red dot. One of the other big announcements was the Greater Southern Waterfront (GSW), a major development which potentially could house 9,000 new residential homes. This has property developers buzzing, with […]

Read More

Monthly Spotlight

The year was 2007. Steve Jobs returned to the stage with “just one more thing…” as he introduced the original iPhone to the world. Since then, Apple has launched a new generation of iPhones every year (typically in September) and 2019 was no different. However, 12 years have passed since the iPhone revolution and many […]

Read More

Top News Stories

Singaporeans paid most attention to news of a potential rise in transport fares by up to 7%. The situation in Hong Kong and the death of a 18-month-old toddler at Jewel Changi Airport were the next 2 most followed news in September.  

Read More

Monthly Spotlight

21 months have passed since the fall of Harvey Weinstein ushered in a global era of #MeToo. As explosive stories from New York Times and New Yorker weaved decades of suppressed murmurs into a harrowing chronicle of the Hollywood tycoon’s sexual abuse against women, actress Alyssa Milano made the hashtag viral on Twitter by encouraging […]

Read More

Monthly Spotlight

In late August, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) began accepting applications for new bank licenses to be given to non-bank organizations. Up to 5 licenses will be granted with applicants having until 31 December to submit their applications. Successful applicants will be announced in mid 2020.   Our research, while showing that consumer banking […]

Read More

Monthly Spotlight

With the recent lowering of voting age to 18 in Malaysia, Singapore is now the only country in ASEAN where you have to be 21 years old to cast a vote. Some critics have claimed it is a vote suppression tactic by the PAP. While 34% of Singaporeans agree that those aged between 18-20 care […]

Read More

Monthly Spotlight

Much has been written in recent months about Preetipls’ satirical rap video made in response to the E-Pay advertisement which featured a Chinese actor in brown face. Law Minister, K. Shanmugam, came down hard on the rappers, saying it was insulting and that “we have to draw a line and say not acceptable”. Interestingly, despite […]

Read More

Top News Stories

Singaporeans continue to focus on the Hong Kong protests as the top news story for August (93%), followed by the failed Huawei $54 phone promotion, which resulted in a public apology by the phone maker (87%). Suggestions of higher public transport fares by Minister Khaw Boon Wan was the third most followed news at 85%.

Read More

Monthly Spotlight

 The question on everyone’s lips: Will there be a GE this year? Parliament last month confirmed that “the Prime Minister has not yet appointed the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee” (Having this committee means elections are likely to happen soon).  Whether this year or next, Singapore is gearing up for an election. So we asked Singaporeans […]

Read More