Blackbox Research was selected to conduct the "Punggol East: What Factors Influenced Voters?" post-election survey and highlighted the cost of living was the top reason that determined the people's choice. They reported that the second most important reason for the vote swing was attributed to “the government not listening to ordinary Singaporeans”. That survey also measured the impact of the by-election’s catalyst as a vote changer, with results that showed Michael Palmer’s sex-for-mangoes transaction accounted for only 1 per cent of the vote swing.
Workers’ Party candidate Lee Li Lian had won the by-election by a landslide 54.5 per cent of the vote, beating the "son of Punggol" colorectal surgeon Koh Poh Koon from the ruling People’s Action Party by a convincing 10.8 per cent margin.
While on the subject of surveys, Singapore has been ranked the 16 most peaceful place ("Republic moves up 7 places as the rest of the world grows more violent" ST 14 June 2013) ). Same place where a female polytechnic student was slashed repeatedly for refusing to be robbed of her handphone (Thurs June 13). Same place where a 20 year old full-time national serviceman was set upon with knives in the heart of Orchard Road, and left bleeding from a head wound outside a popular shopping mall (Sat June 15).
We are all free to believe what we read, with no need to be licensed for our personal choice. Right now, the besieged Julian Assange and Edward Snowden's credibility still ranks pretty high.