The Straits Times
Published on Sep 23, 2012

9 in 10 polled say intolerance in Singapore is growing

But over 80% say society is harmonious, in survey by govt feedback unit Reach


Almost nine in 10 citizens in a recent government poll agreed that there are "some troubling signs" of Singaporeans becoming less tolerant.

Seven in 10 also thought it a concern that Singaporeans have been "expressing nasty views on foreigners". But more than eight in 10 still felt that Singapore society today was harmonious.

These were some of the findings of a telephone poll of 813 citizens - aged 18 to 79 - by government feedback unit Reach on issues raised by the Prime Minister in his National Day Rally speech. The poll was conducted from Aug 29 to Sept 3, a few days after the rally on Aug 26.

Almost all of those polled agreed with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's call for Singaporeans to have bigger hearts, as well as the other rally themes of offering hope for the future and making Singapore the "best home".