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1 in 10 S’poreans believe they’re going to hell after they die

Slightly more than half of all respondents believed in some form of life after death.

Guan Zhen Tan | August 19, 04:41 pm

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According to a YouGov Omnibus survey, one in 10 Singaporeans think that they are going to hell.

Most believed in going to heaven or hell after death

The survey, which was completed by 1,106 Singaporean respondents, posed a series of questions to Singaporeans about their beliefs of what happens after death.

Some of the questions also sought to clarify the respondents’ feelings towards their own mortality.

More than half, or 56 per cent answered that they have a belief in some form of life after death.

In response to the question “which of the following do you believe can happen next after death”, 32 per cent of all respondents said that they would be taken to heaven or hell.

The survey also asked respondents to imagine where they would be taken to if there was heaven or hell, to which 10 per cent of respondents answered hell.

Even split on fear of death

Another 29 per cent were uncertain, while 18 per cent believed that death was the end with nothing afterwards.

15 per cent believed in reincarnation, and six per cent thought that they would turn into a spirit after they die.

When asked if they feared death, Singaporeans are nearly equally split between fearing death (at 32 per cent), being unafraid of death (at 37 percent) and feeling impartial towards it (at 31 per cent).

Older Singaporeans less afraid of death, high-income Singaporeans likely to say they will die happy

It seems that the older the surveyors are, the less afraid they are of dying.

51 per cent of Singaporeans aged 55 and above said that they were unafraid of death, compared to only 26 per cent of Singaporeans aged 18 to 34.

When asked how would they feel if they were to die tomorrow, 40 per cent Singaporeans said they would die happy.

Another 36 per cent said they would die unhappy, while 23 per cent of respondents were undecided.

High-income earners earning more than S$8,000 a month are more likely to say they will die happy (45 per cent), compared to low-income earners earning less than SS$4,000 a month (39 per cent).

Only 27 per cent want to be immortal

Interestingly, only 27 per cent of those surveyed said that they would like to live forever.

Age seemed to play a factor in influencing the responses.

While 38 per cent of younger Singaporeans aged 18 to 24 want to be immortal, only 19 per cent of older Singaporeans aged 55 and above answered the same.

On average, Singaporeans wished to be able to live to the age of 84 years old — almost the same as the current life expectancy of Singaporeans (84.8).

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S’poreans’ life expectancy up from 76.1 to 84.8 years from 1990 to 2017, longest in world

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About Guan Zhen Tan

Guan Zhen misses a time when the McDonald's at White Sands had two floors. If not listening to visual kei bands and doodling, she's probably thinking about how Ra is rowing his sun boat into the darkness of the night.

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