Tan Kin Lian, a former presidential candidate, posted a poll on his Facebook page about ten days ago on July 13, asking his followers which leader they respected the most.
The former Chief Executive Officer of NTUC Income gave his subscribers of social media only a few contenders to choose from, and among those emerged a very clear winner.
The names to choose from were as follows: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, Progress Singapore Party Chief Tan Cheng Bock, Secretary-General of the Singapore Democratic Party Chee Soon Juan and Secretary-General of the Workers’ Party Pritam Singh.
Out of the 68 who responded, 32 (47.6 per cent) voted for Dr Tan Cheng Bock, putting him in the lead.
Dr Chee Soon Juan was runner-up, with 22 votes.
Last on the list was DPM Heng Swee Keat with one vote. This only amounted to 1.47 per cent of respondents.
PM Lee received four votes, and Pritam Singh received nine.
Earlier this year, Mr Tan conducted a similar poll on his social media page where he asked his followers who they thought was best suited for the role of Prime Minister.
Again, a whopping 41 per cent of those who voted chose the leader of the ‘Progress Singapore Party’, Dr Tan Cheng Bock.
As runner-up, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam came in with 32 per cent of the 44 votes.
Surprisingly, next in line to be Prime Minister, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat only received nine per cent of the votes.
Last on that list was Workers’ Party Chief Pritam Singh, who fell short with none of the votes. He was pitted against political heavyweights such as Heng Swee Keat, Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Dr Tan Cheng Bock.
At the bottom of the poll read Tan Kin Lian’s disclaimer, which explained that the results were based on a small self-selected sample and as such, should be treated like a straw poll.
One netizen who commented on Mr Tan’s poll also added that it was biased because most of Mr Tan’s followers were supposedly those in support of opposition parties and their leaders.