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SINGAPORE: A recent survey report by researchers at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) found that 75.3% of respondents were satisfied with how the Singapore government handled the COVID-19 pandemic. .

of studyConducted by Dr. Matthew Matthews, Dr. Mike Hou and Dr. Win Thanh, the survey analyzed survey data to determine public satisfaction and perceptions of various government policies implemented during the pandemic. We also investigated how Singapore’s response to the pandemic was perceived compared to other countries.

According to survey data, around 71% of respondents feel that the restrictions in place in Singapore are sufficient to deal with the pandemic. In contrast, 19% thought more restrictions should have been imposed, and 10% felt there should be fewer restrictions.

Taking into account the government’s overall response to COVID-19, respondents averaged 75.3 percent satisfaction.

The survey showed that 86.5% of the population were very satisfied with the government’s efforts to keep the health system functioning, and 81.3% of respondents were satisfied with the government’s role in supporting the economy.

Furthermore, 72.4% said they were satisfied with the government’s provision of economic aid packages to the people, and 71.6% said they were satisfied with the government’s role in protecting jobs.

The survey found that 77% of respondents consistently expressed satisfaction with government penalties for individuals and retailers who fail to comply with safety measures. About 72% of respondents are satisfied with the government’s implementation of safety management measures (SMM) such as quotas and safe distancing in public spaces.

However, there was relatively low satisfaction with the opening of vaccination travel lanes to allow Singaporeans and foreigners to travel without quarantine.

Initially, only 46 percent of respondents were satisfied with these border measures. However, as the government introduced the Vaccination Travel Framework (VTF) and gradually opened its borders, the percentage of respondents satisfied with the measure increased from 65% in early April to 70% in late September. bottom.

Satisfaction with government announcements about reopening plans and measures rose from more than 70% to nearly 80% as plans became clearer, indicating a growing sense of normalcy among respondents.

To gain a comprehensive understanding of Singaporeans’ perceptions of the government’s pandemic response, respondents were asked to compare Singapore’s performance with that of other countries and regions, including the United States and China.

Notably, between late June and early October, 53-69% of respondents consistently said Singapore was doing better than other countries/regions. Only 12-22 percent believe Singapore is performing worse, while 16-32 percent believe Singapore is performing on par with other countries.

In a further analysis focusing on China and the United States as representatives of the two extremes of pandemic management, respondents with higher education who were more satisfied with their government’s handling of the pandemic found Singapore’s response to be superior. It turned out to be very likely.

The study found no significant differences in attitudes based on the race of the respondents.

The researchers also explored how respondents’ values ​​influenced their satisfaction with the government and their perception of Singapore’s pandemic performance. The results show that shared values ​​of harmony and consideration reliably predict increased satisfaction with government pandemic management.

As a result, the higher the satisfaction, the stronger the conviction that Singapore is performing better compared to other countries and regions. Conversely, values ​​that reflected a self-interested desire for freedom were inversely correlated with perceptions of government satisfaction and performance.

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