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Singaporeans still largely conservative, IPS survey finds

Published on Jan 28, 2014 2:55 PM
 
Pedestrians crossing a road at Shenton Way, on 30 Aug 2013. Singapore remains a largely conservative society in which pre-marital sex and having a child out of wedlock are still frowned upon. -- FILE PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Singapore remains a largely conservative society in which pre-marital sex and having a child out of wedlock are still frowned upon.

That was the finding of a survey on social morality by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), released on Tuesday. The questions were asked as part of a wider survey of more than 4,000 Singapore residents on race, language and religion.

Some 80 per cent of respondents said extra-marital affairs are always or almost always wrong, and 72.5 per cent held that view on getting pregnant before marriage. More than half, or 56.4 per cent of respondents, felt that sex should come after marriage.

The survey's principal investigator, Dr Mathew Mathews, an Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) senior research fellow, said: "Overall, as you can see, Singaporeans are fairly conservative in their outlook to such issues."

 
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