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Love thyself: The public participating in 'The Happiness Event' last month.-The Straits Times/Asia News Network
JUST a year after being labelled the world’s most emotionless society, Singapore seems to have experienced an astonishing turnaround in the feel-good stakes.
International polling firm Gallup has now singled out the republic as having the biggest surge in “positivity”.
This means Singaporeans are likely no longer the least emotional nationality – a tag that caused disbelief and soul-searching following the poll results last year.
But it might be a little early to start jumping for joy – because the latest data forms only part of Gallup’s overall emotions index, which has not yet been released.
And experts say the fluctuation in the results casts yet more doubts over its methodology.
Gallup tracks emotions in different countries using several rankings. As well as the overall index, there is a study of negativity and another tracking positivity – the one released yesterday.
It found 70% of Singapore respondents reported experiencing positive emotions, up from 46% in 2011.
This is the biggest jump among the 143 countries surveyed and catapults the republic from the bottom of the table to the top half of the “positivity” league.
Gallup said it could be due to the “unprecedented attention” given to the 2011 study, which may have influenced Singaporeans’ response to the latest survey.
“The rise (in positive emotions) took place among all demographic groups, even as other societal measures remained steady,” it added.
Latin American nations Paraguay and Venezuela continued to top the index, while Syria and Iraq were ranked the lowest.
Experts say the findings raise more doubts about the poll’s credibility.
“Social conditions have not changed that much, but the results had a wide fluctuation,” said National University of Singapore sociologist Paulin Straughan. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network
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