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Singaporeans not likely to marry outside race/religion

Posted by jtsmyth8 on November 2, 2007

Singaporeans are more accepting of co-workers, political leaders, policemen and teachers from another race or religion. But race gets in Cupid’s way when it comes to matters of the heart. Many are less enamoured of themselves or their siblings marrying someone of another race.

This picture of a distinct difference in preferred attitudes between relationships in the private sphere and those in the public sphere emerged in a poll of 1,824 citizens aged 15 and older.

The survey looked at whether race and religion shape how Singaporeans prefer to interact with each other.

One key takeaway: It depends on the situation – and whether it has to do with private life or public interaction.

In politics, for example, all Chinese and all the minority respondents would not mind a Chinese PM. And 94 per cent of Chinese said they would not mind an Indian for a Prime Minister while 91 per cent would not mind a Malay as PM.

In the social sphere, some 82 per cent of Chinese said they would celebrate special events with Indian friends.

But only 31 per cent said they were willing to tie the knot with someone of that race. (story)

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