A race survey commissioned by Channel NewsAsia and the Institute of Public Policy showed that the majority of Singaporeans preferred someone of their own race as Prime Minister or President. 2,000 Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents were surveyed and Malay and Indian participants were oversampled to ensure sufficient minority representation.
For the Singaporean Chinese surveyed, 98% preferred a Singaporean Chinese Prime Minister while 96% liked a Singaporean Chinese President.
Similarly, Malay participants surveyed overwhelmingly wanted a Singaporean Malay as Prime Minister (93%) and President (94%).
Likewise, 89% of Indian respondents wanted a Singaporeans Indian as Prime Minister and 92% wanted an Indian President.
Despite the above, the majority of respondents from all races were generally agreeable to a Singaporean Chinese as Prime Minister or President. More than 80% of Malays, Indians and Other ethnicity surveyed said they would accept a Singapore Chinese as Prime Minister or President.
As for a Singaporean Indian PM or President, 60% of Chinese, 75% of Malays and 68% of Other ethnicity were agreeable. However when it came to a Singaporean Malay as PM or President, just over 50% of Chinese, 70% or Indians and 80% of Others said yes to a Malay PM or President.