Monthly Spotlight

Each year, Singapore’s National Day is headlined by the Parade which demonstrates the Singapore spirit through an impressive military parade, well-rehearsed community performances and an elaborate fireworks show. Taking a close look at the list of organisers and sponsors, we asked Singaporeans who they think does the best job of representing the essence of National […]

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PM Lee Hsien Loong and DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam have called out that one of Singapore’s key challenges moving forward is its citizens’ ability to move upwards. Singaporeans are divided when it comes to the current state of social mobility in the country. Whilst more than half (52%) think that it has remained the same as […]

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June 2018 Edition

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Monthly Spotlight

Meritocracy was a hot topic in the Parliament and the media following an earlier sitting where PM Lee Hsien Loong shared an observation that schools like Raffles Institution has become “less diverse” over the years. “Parentocracy”, where parents and the social capital they command may wield greater influence over their children’s future, has emerged as […]

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Monthly Spotlight

With Mahathir taking the helm of a ‘new’ Malaysia, there has been multiple political reverberations for its closest neighbour, Singapore, as topics such as the high-speed rail and water supply re-emerge as areas of contention. Although Singaporeans are largely in favour of Mahathir for Malaysia – 83% agree that the former PM’s win is a […]

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Govt Satisfaction Index

Government satisfaction fell by one point to 79 points in June. Government accountability (-4), CPF/pensions (-4) and the gap between rich and poor (-4) were the areas which fell the most this month. COE (+1) and civil rights (+1) were the only two areas which saw gains, albeit marginal.  

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Top News Stories

The top news story in June amongst Singaporeans was the historic Trump-Kim summit which took place on June 12 at Sentosa’s Capella Hotel. Nearly all Singaporeans (95%) followed the news, with more than half (51%) saying they paid close attention. Three of the top five news stories ranked by Singaporeans featured our closest neighbour, Malaysia: […]

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Monthly Spotlight

On June 12 2018, Singapore hosted the historic summit between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Prior to the Summit, 54% of Singaporeans felt that Trump had more to gain from the bilateral talks whilst 46% believed that Kim Jong-Un would emerge the winner. However, after Chairman Kim’s guided tour […]

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Monthly Spotlight

In the recent Malaysian General Election held in May, former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad came out of retirement to score a historic victory to defeat the incumbent Barisan Nasional coalition, replacing previous Prime Minister Najib Razak as the new head of Government. Across the causeway in Singapore, 93% say they followed the election in […]

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Monthly Spotlight

In March this year, a Select Committee formed amongst members of the Parliament conducted public hearings on deliberate online falsehoods. More than 60 individuals and organisations from a variety of diverse backgrounds across media, technology, civil society groups and academia appeared before a 10-member parliamentary committee to present their views. Nearly half of Singapore (47%) […]

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Govt Satisfaction Index

Government satisfaction improved by two points to 80 points in May. Year on year, the overall GSI remains steady. The areas which received the biggest gains this month include moral standards (+4), management of the economy (+4), public transport (+4) and taxes (+4). There were no areas of significant decline for the Government.  

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Top News Stories

The top story in the month of May 2018 was the Malaysian elections across the causeway. Nearly all Singaporeans (93%) followed the news with two in five (40%) paying close attention. Other news which gained attention was the death of a NSF following a road march (89%), and the road accident near Yio Chu Kang […]

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Monthly Spotlight

Singapore’s Open Electricity Market kicked off its soft launch on 1 April 2018 amongst residential households and businesses in Jurong, and will be extended to the rest of island in the second half of 2018. Whilst about three in five (61%) of Singaporeans are aware that there is now a retail electricity market, less than […]

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Monthly Spotlight

While the world waits to hear whether US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un decide about their first date, Blackbox asked Singaporeans their view on the summit. Even though our poll (of 1000 Singaporeans) took place before Trump withdrew, 23% of Singaporeans had already decided it was going to be cancelled anyway.

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Monthly Spotlight

Community sentiment in Singapore has fallen across the first few months of 2018. The score for Community Satisfaction fell from 75 points in January to 69 points in April (-6); satisfaction with Personal Finances declined from 69 points to 63 points. Ratings of the National Economy dropped from 75 points to 70 points in the […]

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Monthly Spotlight

With Singapore assuming the rotating chairmanship of ASEAN this year, leaders of the member states have been actively discussing the regional grouping’s priorities and challenges. In late 2017, Blackbox conducted a survey across all ten countries to understand how people in Southeast Asia feel about ASEAN, its impact on their lives as well as its […]

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Uncategorized

The GSI fell by two points to 78 points in April and is now one point less than at the same time 12 months ago, despite the improved economy and low unemployment. The biggest areas of decline were in cost of living (-7), levels of salaries and wages (-5), housing affordability (-4) and management of the […]

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Top News Stories

Top story in the month of April 2018 was Grab’s acquisition of Uber’s business in Southeast Asia. Nearly nine in 10 Singaporeans (89%) followed the news with 29% paying close attention. Other news which garnered attention was the possible revision of public transport fares and imposition of parking charges in schools.

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Monthly Spotlight

In a recent Parliamentary session, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Mrs Josephine Teo shared that Singapore’s total population is likely to be below 6 million by 2020, and “significantly” below 6.9 million by 2030. With the Government stating that it is not expecting any major changes in its immigration policy, more than half of […]

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Monthly Spotlight

Following the Singapore Budget 2018 announcement, Blackbox conducted a survey to find out how Singaporeans felt about the overall plan and key highlights. Almost all Singaporeans (92%) followed the Budget and its subsequent news coverage, with nearly one in three (31%) paying close attention. In comparison to the 2017 Budget, more than half of those […]

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Monthly Spotlight

On March 26, Grab finally announced its acquisition of Uber’s operations in Southeast Asia, following weeks of speculation. Prior to the surprise announcement and the subsequent orders by the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) to stall the deal, Blackbox polled Singaporeans on their views of Grab’s potential takeover and the possible impact on […]

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Govt Satisfaction Index

Government satisfaction increased by one point to 80 points in March. Overall sentiment across most areas improved or remained the same. Three key areas fell: Care for the Elderly (-3), Health Insurance/ Protection (-2) and Government Accountability (-1). Year on year, the Government has seen community satisfaction dip most in the following areas: Public Transport […]

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Top News Stories

Top story in the month of March 2018 was the Singapore Budget 2018 announcement. Nine in 10 Singaporeans followed the news with 29% paying close attention. Other news which garnered attention was the announcement of higher taxes for airlines and travellers at Changi airport and the Australian rockmelon recall amongst others.  

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Blackbox in the Media

Commissioned by the Lien Foundation, our survey reveals that only 11 per cent of early intervention (EI) professionals think that Singapore is an inclusive society. While eight in 10 said that inclusive education is crucial in creating an inclusive society, and a majority of 71 per cent felt that both groups of children could equally benefit […]

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Blackbox in the Media

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal which has thrust data-driven campaigning practices into controversy, owner and managing director of Blackbox Research, David Black shares with South China Morning Post how efforts to get inside the minds of voters are as old as politics itself. In the past couple of weeks, there has been a chorus […]

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Blackbox in the Media

Fuelled by the speculation in the media, Blackbox Research conducted an online survey between 14 to 23 March 2018 on perspectives surrounding Grab’s potential acquisition of Uber’s business in Southeast Asia prior to the official announcement. Key Findings Nearly 3 in 4 Singaporeans (72%) feel that the merger between Grab and Uber should be rejected […]

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Monthly Spotlight

Over the last two months, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam have highlighted the dangers of Singapore’s rising income inequality on separate occasions. These concerns are shared amongst Singaporeans, with 4 in 5 (81%) worried about the widening income gap. Youths (90%) and young working adults (86%) are more likely […]

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Monthly Spotlight

Coinciding with ASEAN’s 50th anniversary, Blackbox conducted a survey across all ten countries in October 2017. The findings revealed how people in Southeast Asia feel about ASEAN, its impact on their lives as well as its future development and progress. A specific look at Singaporeans show that whilst they are mostly contented with the state […]

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Monthly Spotlight

Veteran MP and Senior Minister of State for Health and Transport Dr Lam Pin Min stirred a public discourse recently when he wrote an appeal letter to the High Court, seeking a lighter sentence for one of his constituents. Some argued that MPs, as law-makers, should not interfere in the enforcement or interpretation of law. […]

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Govt Satisfaction Index

Overall government satisfaction fell by two points to 79 in February. Following improvement across most measures in January, there has been a negative correction across the board in February. Key areas to fall include civil rights, liberties and free speech (-6), CPF and pensions (-5), cost of living (-4), government accountability (-4) and population management […]

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Top News Stories

Top story in the month of February 2018 was the occurrence of the super blue blood moon, a rare astronomical event. 82% of Singaporeans followed the news with 18% paying close attention. Other news which gained traction include the Singaporean hikers who went missing in Johor Bahru, a crash incident at the Singapore Airshow, developments […]

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Monthly Spotlight

On average, Singaporeans spend the most of their waking hours – 12 hours and 42 minutes – on digital devices. In this month’s YKA, we identify the Singaporean Digital Diet: how and on which apps Singaporeans are affording the most time. Our survey results show that Gen Z (15 to 24 year olds) have increased […]

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Monthly Spotlight

In the first Parliamentary sitting of 2018, members of the Parliament raised multiple questions on two scandals – the S$40 million defraudment of SkillsFuture Singapore and the corrupt payments made by Keppel Offshore & Marine in Brazil. More Singaporeans (65%) have paid attention to the SkillsFuture fraud as compared to the Keppel O&M bribery (60%). […]

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Uncategorized

Government satisfaction increased by three points to 82 points in January. All areas improved or remained constant month on month. Satisfaction with public transport increased the most significantly (+11) over the month following SMRT Chairman Seah Moon Ming’s decision to get involved with front-line duties at the beleaguered transport provider. Notably, satisfaction with taxes is […]

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Blackbox Briefings

Blackbox Research, a Singapore-based independent business and policy research consultancy, released a research paper titled ‘ASEAN Turns 50: A Study of Southeast Asian Perceptions’ today. ASEAN Turns 50 covers key findings from a survey conducted by Blackbox to coincide with ASEAN’s 50th anniversary. The study sought to measure how people across the region feel about ASEAN, its impact on […]

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Blackbox Briefings

A survey conducted by Singapore-based independent research consultancy, Blackbox Research, to coincide with ASEAN’s 50th anniversary, reveals that 78% of Southeast Asians have a positive view of ASEAN. In the first major public survey of citizens conducted across all ten ASEAN nations, findings show that while most Southeast Asians are both positive and optimistic about ASEAN and its […]

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Blackbox in the Media

Blackbox Research collaborated with the Singapore Business Federation on the annual National Business Survey, polling local large enterprises and SMEs to find out their concerns and outlook for the upcoming year. The study was covered across key Singapore-based publications including The Straits Times and The Business Times. The findings reveal that a third (33%) of […]

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Blackbox in the Media

The Straits Times carried results from a first-of-its-kind ASEAN-wide survey conducted by Blackbox Research to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Asean regional bloc this year. Almost nine in 10 (89 per cent) of respondents said they had a favourable, rather than unfavourable, opinion of Asean. But Singapore was the country with the lowest percentage […]

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Govt Satisfaction Index

Government satisfaction fell by one point to 79 points in December, with most areas remaining relatively stable. Looking at January-December results, the GSI improved by 2 points over the year. Observing the gains and losses for the year the Government did well on level of salaries and wages (+12), COE prices (+12) and population management […]

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Monthly Spotlight

Raising GST Most Painful for Two in Five Singaporeans Speculation has been brewing that taxes will be raised following February’s Budget given PM Lee’s earlier announcement in November 2017 that tax hikes are inevitable as government expenditure increases. There are various ways the Government could increase tax revenue, with GST the odds on favourite which […]

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Monthly Spotlight

Who We Loved … President and former Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob was voted as the ‘stylo milo’ favourite Singaporean news personality of the year (17%), ahead of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (13%). Low Thia Kiang, leader of the key opposition party, the Workers’ Party ranked third with 10% of the votes. Amongst Singaporeans […]

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Monthly Spotlight

2017 was a year of surprises for Singaporeans with several local stories grabbing headlines, some for days on end. The Oxley Road saga which saw PM Lee Hsien Loong and his two siblings embroiled in a highly public dispute was seen as the year’s top local story (21%) whilst SMRT received significant attention for several […]

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Blackbox in the Media

A survey conducted by Singapore-based independent research consultancy, Blackbox Research, to coincide with ASEAN’s 50th anniversary, reveals that 78% of Southeast Asians have a positive view of ASEAN. In the first major public survey of citizens conducted across all ten ASEAN nations, findings show that while most Southeast Asians are both positive and optimistic about ASEAN […]

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Monthly Spotlight

In the wake of recent high-profile sexual harassment allegations across various industries in the U.S. and Britain, the hashtag ‘#metoo’ went viral as the public took to social media to share their personal experiences. More than half (55%) of our survey respondents view sexual misconduct as “quite common” or “very common” in the Singapore workplace, […]

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Govt Satisfaction Index

Government satisfaction stood constant month on month at 80 points in November. As a result of several MRT service disruptions and this month’s suggestions that the Government is planning tax hikes, the biggest declines were in public transport (-2), taxes (-2), gap between rich and poor (-2). Both jobs and CPF improved by two points. […]

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Monthly Spotlight

In November, Worker’s Party Secretary-General Low Thia Khiang announced his decision to step down from the party leadership at its next Central Executive Committee election in 2018. Low’s statement marks an upcoming renewal in the WP’s leadership for the first time in 17 years but two in five Singaporeans (40%) do not know who they […]

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Top News Stories

Find out which news stories Singaporeans paid the most attention to for the month of November 2017.

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Govt Satisfaction Index

Government satisfaction gained 1 point to 80 in October. As expected, the sharp declines observed in September have corrected with areas such as the gap between rich and poor (+5), civil rights and free speech (+4) and government accountability (+3) all recovering in October.

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Monthly Spotlight

With en bloc fever in the air and the local property market seemingly picking up, Singaporeans expect home prices to rise across the board in the next 12 months. Aligned with news reports that Singapore’s private property prices had climbed for the first time in four years, a majority of Singaporeans (62%) believe home prices […]

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Monthly Spotlight

With the smartphone rarely out of reach today, mobile apps have fundamentally changed the way people organise and optimise their daily routines. A majority of Singaporeans (62%) book most of their taxi rides on mobile apps through their smartphones and nearly half of young Singaporeans between the ages of 15 and 34 (45%) carry out […]

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Monthly Spotlight

After a month, it would appear that Singaporeans are getting used to their first female President. October national polling reveals that 64% of Singaporeans were positive about the announcement of Mdm Halimah Yacob as President while 68% are confident she will be successful in her new job. Given the controversy surrounding her non-contested appointment, however, […]

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Top News Stories

Find out which news stories Singaporeans paid the most attention to for the month of October 2017.

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Govt Satisfaction Index

Overall government satisfaction fell three points to 79 in September. While many areas experienced drops, the biggest declines were in jobs and unemployment (-6), the gap between rich and poor (-6), government accountability (-5), civil rights (-5) and cost of living (-5). COE has gained one point, and has improved by 16 points over the […]

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Monthly Spotlight

As major newsrooms in Singapore undergo restructuring efforts to embrace the ongoing digitisation of journalism, the debate over print versus digital media continues to be contested. So how dead is print? More than half (56%) of Singaporeans disagree that there is no longer the need for print newspapers, and that all media needs to move […]

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Monthly Spotlight

The September Numbers YKA results for September indicate that the Government has paid a price for its decision to go ahead with a Reserved Presidency. In addition to community, finance and economic perceptions all falling in September, the Government Satisfaction Index (GSI) which Blackbox has run for four years also showed a three-point drop during […]

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Monthly Spotlight

With Chinese technology players starting to flex their muscle in competition against Silicon Valley, emerging players are beginning to make headway in Singapore. Despite the hype, Alibaba is not a big name amongst 15 to 24 year olds in the island state and big brand name Huawei is also less appealing. However, young Singaporeans here […]

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Monthly Spotlight

Following Apple’s unveiling of its latest batch of iPhones – the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X – the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have launched with little fanfare and soft sales. With many seemingly holding out for the commemorative iPhone X, 3 in 5 Singaporeans however, say that they are unlikely […]

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Top News Stories

Find out which news stories Singaporeans paid the most attention to for the month of September 2017.

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Blackbox in the Media

Yahoo published findings from a Blackbox study conducted amongst 500 Singaporeans to find out their perspectives on Prime Minister Lee’s National Day Rally speech this year. The Smart Nation segment was viewed as the highlight by 40 per cent of Singaporeans, followed by diabetes at 34 per cent and preschools at 12 per cent. The integrated national […]

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Uncategorized

Overall satisfaction with the Government improved by another point to 82 in August. Jobs and unemployment improved by 6 points as recent layoffs slowed down. Cost of living and COE both improved by 4 points while housing affordability dropped 3 points following news of the recent uptick in property prices.

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Monthly Spotlight

From performing light shows at the National Day Parade to monitoring student behaviour at university orientation camps, drones are increasingly becoming the new norm in Singapore. However, despite their growing prevalence, only half of all Singaporeans feel comfortable with the increasing presence of drones in their daily lives (51%). Also, men are far more comfortable […]

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Monthly Spotlight

The National Day Parade 2017 featured familiar sights such as the defence display and parade segments, as well as new elements including unmanned drones and a robotic host. However, less than 3 in 10 Singaporeans find the razzmatazz appealing while a majority of 71% would like to see more opportunities for community participation. Perspectives on […]

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Monthly Spotlight

With recent tensions between North Korea and the U.S. escalating, 88% of Singaporeans have been paying attention to developments. 44% of Singaporeans now believe North Korea and the U.S. are likely to go to war. Singaporeans, however, have mixed opinions on the role emerging superpower, China, should play in the conflict. 44% believe China should […]

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Top News Stories

Find out which news stories Singaporeans paid the most attention to for the month of August 2017.

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Blackbox in the Media

Blackbox’s survey on Amazon and other key players in the Singapore e-commerce landscape was revisited by TechinAsia. Commenting on the competition between Amazon and Alibaba-backed Lazada, Blackbox Managing Director David Black said, “It is a West meets East crossroads so other big global players will also be looking closely to see if the Amazon bandwagon can […]

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Blackbox in the Media

Findings from a Blackbox study conducted regarding the Oxley Road issue were reported in various Singapore and international media outlets including South China Morning Post, Yahoo News and TODAY.

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Govt Satisfaction Index

The overall GSI for July stood at 81 points with a point gained month on month. We continue to see declines in public transport (over recent months). However, the overall sentiment remains stable.

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Community Sentiment

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Monthly Spotlight

3 in 4 Singaporeans believe that Singapore will be a cashless society by 2030. Singaporeans are already largely aware of and have adopted digital payment methods, with 76% finding it likely that Singapore

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Monthly Spotlight

This year, Pink Dot – Singapore’s annual LGBT rally – faced new restrictions. Under revised legislation, foreign companies cannot sponsor and foreign nationals cannot attend the assembly at Hong Lim Park.

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Monthly Spotlight

Heavy hitters in the diplomatic community have been debating if Singapore, as a small state, should behave as a small state in a post-Lee Kuan Yew era. More than 2 in 5 Singaporeans concur with Mahbubani’s stance

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Blackbox in the Media

In an article entitled “The Big Read: In an era of fake news, the truth may not always be out there” by TODAY which addresses the flourishing of fake news, Blackbox managing director and founder David Black shares his thoughts on what is fake news, and why its growing prevalence matters to Singaporeans. Select excerpts below: Speaking to TODAY, Blackbox […]

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Govt Satisfaction Index

The overall GSI for June remained at 80 points with no change month on month. The biggest drop was in public transport (-4), following the most recent disruptions in train services caused by ongoing signalling problems.

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Monthly Spotlight

In light of recent scandals, Singaporeans say they are less willing to donate to charity. More than half of Singapore surveyed indicated that the recent scandals surrounding charities and institutions of a public character (IPCs) have impacted their willingness to contribute, with 16% saying they have stopped donating altogether. Crucially, our data shows that higher […]

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Monthly Spotlight

The revelation that PM Lee was not invited to the inaugural One Belt, One Road (OBOR) Forum sparked some commentators questioning if China is leaving Singapore out in the cold. The Chinese-led initiative which aims to rebuild the ancient Silk Road is seen as a strong signal of intent by China to create an economic […]

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Monthly Spotlight

Singaporeans favour equal engagement with China and the United States PM Lee recently spoke about expanding and deepening the wide-ranging partnerships Singapore has with both China and the United States at an interview following the G-20 Summit in Munich. Singaporeans overwhelmingly believe we should continue to befriend both of the world’s superpowers and not favour […]

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Top News Stories

Find out which news stories Singaporeans paid the most attention to for the month of June 2017.

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Monthly Spotlight

Singaporeans view Chinese President Xi Jinping most favourably, with nearly 3 in 5 Singaporeans having a positive impression. The United States’ Donald Trump and Malaysia’s Najib Razak – leader of our nearest neighbour – did not fare as well, with more than half (56%) of Singaporeans having negative opinions of them.

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Blackbox in the Media

An independent study conducted by Blackbox Research revealed that many Singaporeans are concerned about fake news, especially online and on social media sites. About 42% of all Singaporeans polled commented that they regularly wonder if the news they read online is true or false. The proliferation of fake news also worries Singaporeans. Around 61% of […]

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Govt Satisfaction Index

The overall GSI for April stood at 80 points with no change month on month. All areas remained stable. Over the past 12 months, satisfaction has improved across all areas with housing affordability (+17) making the greatest gain.

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Monthly Spotlight

The Ministry of Education’s announcement that 28 schools — including JCs for the first time — will be consolidated in 2019 drew mixed reactions from the public. Some saw the move as a necessary measure to address falling student enrolment, while others questioned the lack of public consultation given the scale of the merger and […]

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Monthly Spotlight

Much has been said about the decline of Orchard Road. Once the pulse of Asia’s retail paradise, today many Singaporeans seem to be shunning the shopping strip with falling footfall. The premier commercial precinct’s waning popularity is chiefly attributed to the fact that it is now “too expensive (56%)”, “better for tourists than locals (47%)” […]

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Top News Stories

Find out which news stories Singaporeans paid the most attention to for the month of May 2017.

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Govt Satisfaction Index

The GSI for the month fell one point to 80. Nearly all areas were stable in April. The biggest drop was in motor vehicle and COE prices (down 6 points), likely due to the rising car COE and record motorbike premiums announced in the round of bidding which ended in March.

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Monthly Spotlight

About 9 in 10 Singaporeans (89%) wonder if the news they read online is “fake” In March 2017, the National Environment Agency (NEA) came forward to debunk a message circulating online and on messaging applications such as WhatsApp that claims it issues a $200 fine for discarding used tissue into one’s bowl, plate or cup. […]

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Monthly Spotlight

Despite the recent roll-out by Government Ministries, Statutory Boards and businesses in Singapore, the public is still slow on the uptake of chatbots – computer programs designed to engage in natural conversation. More than 60% of Singaporeans are still unaware of chatbots introduced by the likes of Gov.sg and DBS amongst others. It is still […]

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Monthly Spotlight

While leggings made global headlines when a story of two teenagers donning Spandex were barred from a United Airlines flight went viral, Singaporeans are a lot more forgiving about fitted tights. Only 7% of Singaporeans polled feel that leggings are inappropriate on board flights. Instead, foul language and sloppiness are frowned upon with more than […]

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Top News Stories

Find out which news stories Singaporeans paid the most attention to for the month of April 2017.

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Govt Satisfaction Index

Despite lukewarm response to the Budget, overall satisfaction with the Government improved by another 2 points to 81 in March. Jobs and unemployment, housing affordability and rich/poor gap all improved 5 points while public transport rose by 4 points. Over the past 12 months general satisfaction is up by 10 points with three areas making […]

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Monthly Spotlight

The water price hike has not been well received by Singaporeans. Nearly 2 in 3 don’t accept the Government’s rationale for the price rise. More importantly, the situation might have been avoided – more than half (57%) say that they would have accepted incremental price increases over time.

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Monthly Spotlight

This year’s Budget with its clear focus on business and the economy offered less to many Singaporeans. Overall, dissatisfaction with the Budget in 2017 was 11 points higher compared to 2016. Budget 2017 – The Aftermath Two thirds Singaporeans followed the news about the Budget announcements, however only one third said they paid close attention. […]

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Govt Satisfaction Index

Overall satisfaction with the Government continues to be strong with the GSI jumping two points to 79 in February (up two points from January). There were no major movements, although all but three scores jumped between one to three points. The exceptions were cost of living (down three) and civil rights/freedom of speech (also down […]

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Top News Stories

Find out which news stories Singaporeans paid the most attention to for the month of March 2017.

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Monthly Spotlight

Leadership was very much a topic again in February, following Prime Minister Lee’s appearance on BBC’s flagship global interview show, ‘Hard Talk’. In the wake of this, we asked Singaporeans how they feel the next generation of Singaporean political leaders are shaping up. Compared to previous generations of Singaporean leaders, would you say the upcoming […]

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Monthly Spotlight

A slight majority of Singaporeans (55%) are confident that the CFE report released earlier this year will help Singapore to grow and prosper in the future. However, Singaporeans are split 50:50 as to whether they think the recommendations made by the committee were ambitious or cautious. Blackbox also asked Singaporeans what they think Singapore’s future […]

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Top News Stories

Find out which news stories Singaporeans paid the most attention to for the month of February 2017.

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Blackbox Briefings

On February 20th 2017, Singapore’s 51st Budget will be announced in Parliament by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat. Exclusive Blackbox polling on the Budget shows that Singaporeans have the economy very much at the forefront of their minds. They are now increasingly worried about future job prospects for older professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs). Despite satisfaction […]

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Blackbox Briefings

Is artificial intelligence (AI) finally about to enter our everyday reality?  Whether it’s your home, your car, your supermarket or your local family restaurant, artificial intelligence looks set to enter our everyday lives in a big way. As recently featured on Yahoo News Singapore, Blackbox Research has put together an exclusive white paper looking at how […]

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Blackbox Briefings

To commemorate the end of the year of the Monkey, Blackbox Research took to the streets, asking Singaporeans who they would crown the news personality of 2016. 1,000 Singaporean respondents then placed their top three picks from a list of 17 news-makers. Having snatched Singapore’s first ever Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de […]

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Blackbox Briefings

To commemorate the end of 2016 and Singapore’s 51st year since independence, Blackbox interviewed 51 Singaporeans aged fifty-one, asking them to tell us how they feel as Singaporeans at this moment in time. Below, we share some of their thoughts and highlights. “It’s been a journey of development. 50 years is very short for a nation, but […]

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Blackbox Briefings

In September, Singapore’s Government decided to allow limited online betting take place. The move, a first for Singapore, would see the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) exempt Singapore-based lottery operators Singapore Pools and Singapore TurfClub from the Remote Gambling Act, which bans online and phone gambling. In a media release from MHA, the ministry commented on their reasoning […]

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Blackbox Briefings

With its rumoured launch into Singapore planned for early 2017, e-commerce giant Amazon appears well positioned to shake up the local market. Exclusive new research from Blackbox reveals that Singaporeans – already avid online shoppers and big users of Amazon’s overseas sites – appear willing to make the switch, potentially placing many existing e-commerce players […]

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Blackbox Briefings

Exclusive new Blackbox polling commissioned by the leading regional newspaper, the South China Morning Post, reveals that Hillary Clinton is overwhelming the preferred candidate amongst resident Asians for tomorrow’s US Presidential Election (Asian time), despite greater support for Trump in China. Overall, 76% of Asians across the region said they would vote for Clinton vs. […]

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Blackbox Briefings

Speaking on Sunday at one of his final campaign rallies for this election season in Florida, Republican nominee Donald Trump told his supporters that countries like Singapore are taking away jobs from Americans. According to Trump, Americans are “living through the greatest jobs theft in the history of the world… Baxter Health Care laid off 199 […]

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Blackbox Briefings

Blackbox’s latest research findings indicate that Singaporeans now rate water scarcity alongside air quality as their number one environmental issue (43%), ahead of climate change and food safety.  These results arise from national polling conducted by Blackbox Research over the month of October. The findings come amidst warnings from Environment and Water Resource Minister Masagos […]

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Blackbox Briefings

Last week Thursday, the British High Court ruled that the British Parliament must vote on the invocation of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – the necessary trigger to start the UK’s two-year withdrawal process from the European Union (EU). Previously, British Prime Minister Theresa May had stated that she holds the necessary executive powers […]

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Blackbox in the Media

In a Fiji Airways study conducted by Blackbox, more than two in every five Singaporeans (42%) were found to be willing to change jobs, retire earlier (44%), switch industries (37%) and have smaller families (32%), all in order to have more holidays. General stress (33%) and work-related stress (26%) were found to be their biggest happiness barriers. […]

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Today, Blackbox Research – in partnership with the The American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (AmCham Singapore) – hosted the first ever US Presidential Debate to use live-audience dial testing on Singapore soil. You can now view the debate’s results in this exclusive Blackbox Special! US Election Special Report – 1

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Blackbox’s findings on smartphones and apps in Singapore were recently published in the lead Asia-Pacific article of eMarketer’s newsletter. For the full article, please click here.

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To coincide with last weekend’s 2016 Formula 1 Grand Prix, Blackbox asked Singaporeans about their thoughts on hosting the world-renowned race for the ninth time.   When asked in an exclusive Blackbox poll, 80% of respondents said that hosting the race is still a good thing for Singapore, with just under seven in ten believing that the […]

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Blackbox Poll Reveals Protecting Our Reserves More Important Than Private Sector Experience Yesterday, the Government released its White Paper in response to the recent Report of the Constitutional Commission reviewing the elected Presidency. In exclusive polling by Blackbox Research, Singaporeans indicated that their top preference for amending the current eligibility for an elected President would be […]

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The 2016 US presidential election is beginning to heat up, with two candidates as different as any match-up we have seen in recent times. Historically, Singapore has maintained close ties with the US and advocated a strong US military presence in the Asia-Pacific region to ensure stability. Singapore has also been a vocal supporter of multilateral diplomacy […]

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New data shows that tourists are flocking to the UK, taking advantage of the steep 15+% decline in Sterling. Global Blue registered a year-on-year increase of 7% in July tax-free spending, whilst Tourism Alliance expects an increase of 18% in annual foreign visitor numbers to the UK. Joe Grice, Chief Economic Advisor to the British Office of National Statistics (ONS) […]

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Earlier this month, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was welcomed by USA President, Barack Obama, at the White House, honouring Singapore as the first South-East Asian country to be invited to a State Dinner. Blackbox took to the streets, inviting local Singaporean residents to have their say on the visit. With three in four Singaporeans tuning in to PM Lee’s White […]

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Blackbox’s Findings Stir Up Societal Debate Following a study commissioned by the Lien Foundation, Blackbox’s research findings have contributed to a constructive debate in Singapore on the inclusion and education of special needs children.  Although the study found many Singaporeans supporting the idea of inclusive public spaces, far fewer were willing to interact with the special needs […]

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Regardless of Race aired August 15th at 8pm on Channel NewsAsia Blackbox was recently commissioned by Channel NewsAsia (CNA) in partnership with the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) to conduct a survey of 2,000 Singaporeans on the issue of race. The findings were featured in a 45-minute ground-breaking documentary – Regardless of Race – which premiered August 15th […]

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With the rise of internet-enabled devices and the highest smartphone penetration in the world, video content delivered via the internet – known as Over-The-Top video (OTT) – has never been more sought after in Singapore. Blackbox was tasked by the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) in 2015 with establishing the impact of increased awareness and availability of OTT video on local […]

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Special Report: Exclusive insights from the Bukit Batok by-election Blackbox offers some exclusive insights from the Bukit Batok by-election. In the days leading up to last Saturday’s by-election we polled over 300 residents and examined their voting intentions and the factors influencing their choice. Our results showed a swing to a similar magnitude as was […]

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Singaporeans’ News Consumption Habits During the General Election 2015 Our survey of one thousand Singaporeans reveals interesting insights into how Singaporeans were tuning into news regarding the General Election 2015, with news sources varying across different age and income groups. See our infographic below for more details. To learn more about the survey and our research […]

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PAP Bounce Less of a Surprise than Size of the Swing Sometimes the stars align.   They certainly did for the PAP on Saturday night.  Even the most optimistic PAP supporter would have bet against them being able to achieve 70% of the election vote. The fact, however, that the Government performed better than it did […]

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How does Singapore community sentiment compare with Americans? Confidence in social institutions is crucial in any successful society. When confidence ebbs, this is often a tell-tale sign that the larger community is at odds with those who govern and lead them. A look at confidence levels in U.S. institutions amongst Americans reveals the extent to […]

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Latest Findings Reveal Singaporeans’ Thoughts on the Most Fitting Tribute to LKY Our survey of one thousand Singaporeans shows that the majority believe the most appropriate way to honour the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew is a national holiday. To find out what the rest think, see our infographic below. We would love to hear […]

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Singapore’s Favourite News Stories Last Month – Changi Airport Kudos Beats Apple Watch Launch We’ve compiled the top 3 most interesting and disliked topics shared by Singaporeans last month, as measured by Blackbox Research. Download the full infographic here. For further information, about the survey and our research services, please feel free to contact us at bboxpoll@blackbox.com.sg.

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A Special Feature from Blackbox Research For this month’s highlight, we took a look at what Singaporeans’ thought was our founding father’s greatest achievement in his lifetime. For further information, about the survey and our research services, please feel free to contact us at bboxpoll@blackbox.com.sg.  

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Grab Taxi is King of Mobile Service Apps Despite growing in popularity around the world, the sharing economy has been slow to take off in Singapore. But this is beginning to change as more Singaporeans turn to mobile applications and online services that cut out the middle man. This month, we took a look at […]

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Survey findings just released by local independent research agency, Blackbox Research, show that most Singaporeans believe that the CPF system is not providing a fair return. Blackbox’s regular monthly national monitor of 1000 Singaporeans shows that satisfaction with the Government’s performance on CPF dipped from 72% to 65% from May to June, following the article […]

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Read our latest bulletin about how Singaporeans currently feel about the local property market and why those living in the East are not happy. Click here to access the Bulletin in PDF format. The YouKnowAnot Bulletin from Blackbox provides a snapshot of current community sentiment along with insights on current topics of interest to Singaporeans.

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With expectations that HDB and private property prices will climb in the next half year, the property Affordability Sentiment Index (ASI) of PropertyGuru’slatest Property Sentiment Survey dipped further in Q3 2012. Most respondents expressed concerns over rising COVs and prices. However, they are more optimistic with government efforts, with pessimism towards government action down 12 percent […]

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In a special polling study conducted following the recent by-election in Punggol East, we found that the rising cost of living was the main factor causing voters to switch allegiance. 87% of Punggol voters who switched party vote between GE 2011 and the 2013 by-election identified current cost of living pressures as an influence on […]

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In a special release for October, we partnered with AIP Singapore to look at Asian sentiments towards smartphones in Asia, which found that nearly one in five Asians who were early iPhone buyers said the phone has failed to meet their expectations, whilst one in 3 intend to buy a smartphone in the next 12 […]

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Blackbox Research recently carried out a comprehensive survey on key management trends in Singapore as part of SIM’s 2012 Management Monitor. Talent management challenges emerged as a key contender for the SME sector with recruiting and retaining key talent being cited as the top challenge by management. ‘People’ were considered the most critical factor to ensuring […]

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Ask the average Singaporean student about their schedule, and there is a high chance that they would tell you that they have weekly tuition or enrichment classes to attend. It is so common for students to juggle these extra classes along with their school workload that Singapore has been dubbed the “Tuition Nation”. Even Prime […]

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On 30 June 2012, the Association of Muslim Professionals held its 3rd National Convention of Singapore Muslim Professionals. Attended by PM Lee Hsien Loong, the convention prominently featured Blackbox’s commissioned public perception study of Malay-Muslims in Singapore. Blackbox’s findings were also included in the convention publication. Study Background The Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) commissioned […]

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Singapore is a uniquely poised within a vibrant smartphone landscape. With a mobile penetration rate at a massive 148.9% of which three-quarters are 3G subscriptions, it is no wonder our population has earned a reputation for being one of the most mobile-savvy in the South-east Asia region. As the world stands on the brink of […]

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Our research recently helped Asiarooms.com develop its latest initiative, “The Right Room for You” concept. “The Right Room for You” aims to provide localised deals for the Malaysian traveller, and an extensive campaign has been launched to promote it. Some of our findings included: 50% of Malaysians who took the survey booked their travel trips […]

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With international brand names flooding our tiny island over the last few years, it has given local Singaporean brands a run for their money. So who do you think are the local brands that are getting better? We surveyed more than 700 Singaporeans towards the end of 2011 and asked them who was getting better […]

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The National Arts Council has released a public dissemination report by Blackbox. This study focused on defining barriers and drivers of arts participation amongst youths aged 18-35. The year-long study combined traditional and new media qualitative methodologies in an innovative approach to reaching out to the young to learn about their arts habits. Key Findings […]

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We carried out a survey of 370 Singaporeans of voting age (21 and above) on 3-4 May 2011. Voters of all electorates were included with the exception of Tanjong Pagar where the vote was not contested due to a walkover. Interviews were carried out both online and telephone in order to ensure a broad reach […]

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