Singaporeans undecided on who should be new Workers' Party chief: poll

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Workers’ Party chief Low Thia Khiang announced his decision to step down at the WP’s 60th anniversary dinner on 3 November, 2017. PHOTO: Nicholas Yong/Yahoo News Singapore
Workers’ Party chief Low Thia Khiang announced his decision to step down at the WP’s 60th anniversary dinner on 3 November, 2017. PHOTO: Nicholas Yong/Yahoo News Singapore

Singaporeans are mostly undecided on whom they would like to see as Worker’s Party (WP) Secretary-General Low Thia Khiang’s successor, according to a new monthly survey conducted by a market research firm.

In a Blackbox Research community poll of some 1,000 Singaporeans in November, 40 per cent of respondents said they do not know whom they would like to see as the next WP leader.

Among the current party members, party chairman Sylvia Lim ranked first (24 per cent) as the preferred leader. Chen Show Mao (9 per cent) and Pritam Singh (3 per cent) were the next most popular choices.

With the prospect of renewal in WP’s leadership, about half of the respondents (49 per cent) expect the party to match their 2015 electoral performance in the next General Election, which is due to be held before January 2021.

Nearly two in five (38 per cent) feel that the WP will do better.

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