ST Editor Warren Fernandez, co-author of "Lee Kuan Yew: The Man and His Ideas" and other English literary contributions, tried to define the journalistic exercise as a an effort "to get a sense tof the ground for our election reports". He blamed the headline for "overstating the significance of the information gathered by calling it a poll." The Free Online Dictionary says that a survey is "A gathering of a sample of data or opinions considered to be representative of a whole." We don't really have to split hairs on this one.
"But the way I look at it is that there is no better way for people to know me without understanding where I come from, where I started, because this is me." Those were the words of the colorectal surgeon standing for election to parliament - whose sob story about taking public transport has just been updated to proud ownership of two cars - but could be easily applicable to Fernandez, if you are apprised of his career route to editorship of the official mouthpiece of the state apparatus.
And if you are that well informed, you will also know the "police investigating the case" probably have results of their findings well prepared in advance. During the General Election in 2011, ST also published the results of a poll it conducted at Aljunied to gage who the residents will vote for, also on a day after Nomination Day. The punishment meted out? The paper was advised by the Elections Department not to publish any more polls or surveys during the election period. Even the model answer has been provided for a priori.