Lifestyle

Attitudes in SG

What are Singaporeans open to?

A paper released by the Institute of Policy Studies suggests that Singaporean attitudes towards gay sex, marriage and adoption remain conservative.

For the report - led by Dr Mathew Mathews andtitled "Religiosity and the Management of Religious Harmony" - 3,128 respondents from a cross section of religions and those with no stated religion were asked their views on different subjects.

Overall, 78.2 per cent of Singaporeans surveyed think sex between two adults of the same sex is "almost always or always wrong", and that 72.9 per cent felt the same about gay marriage.

When it came to adoption of children by gay couples, the percentage of those against it fell to 61.1 per cent.

  • Figures indicate those who are against the statement

Almost always or always wrong

80.3%

Sex with someone other than marriage partner

78.2%

Sex between two adults of the same sex

72.9%

Gay marriage

72.7%

Pregnancy outside of marriage

69.3%

Gambling

61.1%

Adoption of child by gay couple

56.5%

Sex before marriage

44.4%

Living with a partner before marriage

43.2%

Divorce


"This does seem to show that our society is still rather conservative when it comes to homosexuality. Most people still hold on to strong values on the value of the traditional form of family."
- Senior research fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies, 
Dr Mathew Mathews