Online sentiments surrounding Halimah Yacob's presidential walkover

Following the conclusion of the presidential elections, netizens have been found to have mixed reactions surrounding Halimah Yacob’s presidential victory, following a walkover. This came after Yacob was found to be the only presidential hopeful to meet the requirements out of five applicants, according to The Straits Times.

We checked in with global media monitoring house Meltwater on what the local sentiments have been so far. Meltwater said there has been an "extensive increase in social media chatter", observed around the Singapore Presidential Elections results.

The Meltwater data said there is a increase in negative sentiment surrounding the Presidential Elections 2017 over the dates of 11 to 12 September 2017 following the results. The data shows 83% of negative sentiment and 17% of positive sentiment.

Sentiment Breakdown PE2017


Media Exposure PE2017

Meanwhile, here are some of the trending talks surrounding the elections on an overall note.

Trending Themes PE2017

Meltwater added that news mentions of Yacob peaked yesterday when the presidential election results were released, but tapered off today. Meanwhile, social media mentions of Yacob are still seeing traction, with social media sentiment on the word “Halimah” seeing a marked change from negative at 87% of mentions on 11 September, to slightly more positive at 63% on 12 September 2017.

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Some Facebook posts on the move which also garnered traction were that of local playwright Alfian Sa'at and former Nominated Member of Parliament Calvin Cheng.

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(Photo courtesy: Halimah Yacob Facebook Page)