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72% of Singaporeans rate quality of life 'same' or 'better' post-pandemic: MCI poll

Family relationships become stronger after pandemic

People walking with the Central Business District skyline in Singapore in the background.
FILE PHOTO: A view of the skyline in Singapore, January 27, 2023. REUTERS/Caroline Chia (Caroline Chia / reuters)

SINGAPORE — About seven in ten Singapore residents or 72 per cent felt that their overall quality of life was the same or better in 2023 compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a poll by the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI).

Almost 69 per cent of Singapore residents rated their quality of life now as Singapore emerges from COVID-19 as “good” or “very good”. Most have expressed confidence in the ability of the country to manage future pandemics well.

Notably, 77 per cent of respondents reported that family relationships became stronger over the pandemic.

In a statement released on Sunday (19 March), the MCI said that it commissioned a poll to understand the overall impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on various aspects of life among Singapore residents.

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The online poll was conducted by RySense from 31 January to 6 February 2023. The result was based on the responses of 1,052 Singapore residents aged 15 years old and above.

More vulnerable

Meanwhile, a higher proportion of youths aged 15 to 19 years reported a drop in their quality of life compared to before the pandemic.

This suggests that the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on social activities was more keenly felt by the young, especially teenagers. For example, 40 per cent of youths reported that their relationships with friends were poorer than before the pandemic, and 49 per cent of them felt less able to pursue activities and hobbies.

Compared to the general population, respondents with multiple dependents (e.g., elderly seniors as well as children in the household) were more likely to rate their overall quality of life now to be “Poor” or “Very Poor”.

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