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Apologies (once again!) for the somewhat dated source data, but I stumbled across the following survey result and wanted to share it with you.

According to the good folk at Gallup Polling here, as recently as 2012 Singaporeans were rated as the least emotional citizens in the world. That assesertion can only be a statistical mean of course given the expansive spread of emotional characteristics among Singaporeans.

And would you know it, citizens of another Southeast Asian state were simultaneously ranked the most emotional citizens anywhere in the world. Any guesses who? For those who don’t want to play that game the answer is/was the Filipinos.


Curiously there was no other Southeast Asian state in the top ten at either extreme.*

There will always be doubts about the validity of such measures of course, but for those seeking to question the data or methodology a key extract from the link is that…

Results are based on telephone and face-to-face interviews with approximately 1,000 adults, aged 15 and older, in each country each year between 2009 and 2011. For results based on the total sample of national adults, one can say with 95% confidence that the maximum margin of sampling error ranges from ±0.4 percentage points to ±3.8 percentage points. The margin of error reflects the influence of data weighting. In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.

For more complete methodology and specific survey dates, please review Gallup’s Country Data Set details.

* Interestingly Bahrain and Oman sneaked into positions 3 and 4 respectively on the “most emotional” rankings. No comment on that.