Survey gauges Singaporeans' response after a terror attack

Police officers conduct a search after apprehending a masked gunman during Exercise Heartbeat at the National Library on Sept 25, 2018.
Police officers conduct a search after apprehending a masked gunman during Exercise Heartbeat at the National Library on Sept 25, 2018.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Four in five respondents in a survey of about 2,000 Singaporeans felt there would be little or no backlash against them by people of other religions if their religion was implicated in a terror attack.

In findings published yesterday, Institute of Policy Studies researchers also found that one-third of Singaporeans would proactively express solidarity with those whose religion was implicated.

The study also found that an attack carried out by a foreign extremist Muslim group would trigger stronger negative reactions among Singaporeans, compared with if other religious groups had been behind it.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 26, 2018, with the headline 'Survey gauges Singaporeans' response after a terror attack'. Print Edition | Subscribe