04 Oct '11, 5am

General Election not an "Internet election": IPS study

SINGAPORE: Singapore's recent General Election was viewed by some as an "Internet election", but a joint survey by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) suggests this may not be the case. The survey of 2,000 respondents was conducted two weeks after the May election and sought to find out the extent to which new media sites like Facebook and blogs influenced votes. The survey found that media consumption remained centred on traditional media such as TV, newspapers and radio, with only about 30 per cent of respondents also looking at new media sites such as Facebook and blogs for election news during the election period. Traditional media was also seen as more trustworthy. The survey found that, contrary to the view of the Internet as a "lunatic fringe", the 30 per cent of respondents were more open to different media channels ...

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