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Singaporeans slightly more gracious this year: Survey

But perceptions of kindness have remained largely unchanged, say findings by Singapore Kindness Movement.

SINGAPORE: More survey respondents in the latest Graciousness Index have reported doing, receiving or witnessing acts of graciousness or kindness compared to a year ago, though perceptions of kindness have remained largely unchanged, said a report released on Wednesday (July 9).

The Index inched up by two points from a record low of 53 last year to 55 this year. Those more critical of the nation’s state of graciousness include motorists and the older demographic profile of 50 years old and above.

While 81 per cent of respondents agreed that encouraging the right values in youths will best promote kindness, only a third of respondents believed parents are actively playing their part to reinforce moral values in their children.

A majority, especially the heaviest online users, also believed people should be gracious in the digital world, and that more needs to be done to improve online etiquette.

A total of 1,666 respondents were polled from December 2013 to January 2014 over a four-week period. The annual study, now in its sixth year, is commissioned by the Singapore Kindness Movement.

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