IPS Public Data Sharing Platform

Thank you for your interest in the work of the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS). Since March 2017, we have made selected survey datasets (for which key findings have already been released) available for academic and research purposes. This service is provided free of charge but is subject to Terms and Conditions of Use (read the Data Use Agreement here).

Our aim is to broaden the dissemination of research findings and data that can boost public awareness and debate on issues that matter to Singapore and Singaporeans. 

To request for a dataset to be sent to you by e-mail, you must complete the online form and agree to comply with the Data Use Agreement. One application form is needed per dataset request. Once your application has been approved by us, you will receive the dataset in SPSS or Excel format, together with the questionnaire in PDF format.

Please apply via the online form and not by e-mail. Incomplete applications will not be processed.  For all enquiries, please e-mail

We will respond to queries within three business days.


Available survey datasets (last updated 26 September 2017)

Item Name of Survey Description Year published Principal Investigator
1 Survey on Political Traits and Media Use This study, conducted in 2010, assessed how people use the Internet and traditional media for political information, and what is their trust of and assessment of the importance of the different media as a source of political information. It looked at the variables of demographics, of political traits (namely, political interest, knowledge, political talk, self-efficacy, cynicism and participation), of media use and of attitudes towards the media (both of the Internet and other media), and of the relationships between these variables. 2011 Mr Tan Tarn How, Senior Research Fellow, IPS
2 Impact of New Media on General Election 2011 This nationwide study aimed to understand the media usage habits of Singaporeans along with their political activity during the 2011 election. Respondents were asked about how they use different media, from newspapers to television, blogs, Facebook and Twitter. The survey also examined their political attitudes, their political activities during the polls and their voting decisions. 2011 Mr Tan Tarn How, Senior Research Fellow, IPS
3 POPS(6) Perceptions of Singles on Marriage and Having Children The survey assessed the attitudes and perceptions of single Singaporean residents in 2012, towards marriage, family and parenthood, including their perspectives on pre-marital co-habitation and having children out-of-wedlock. 2013 Dr Yap Mui Teng, Principal Research Fellow, IPS
4 POPS(7) Perceptions of the Marriage & Parenthood Package II The survey examined the attitudes of married Singaporeans towards the government’s various Marriage & Parenthood (M&P) measures as they existed in January 2013, in view of Singapore’s constant low fertility levels. The survey was conducted in 2014 and builds on the POPS (2) survey. 2015 Dr Yap Mui Teng, Principal Research Fellow, IPS
IPS Study on Perceptions of Singapore’s history The survey set out to explore the following questions: Which are the influential Singapore stories and why, and who do these stories resonate with? Looking ahead, which types of narratives will inspire current and future generations of Singaporeans? It was conducted in 2014. 2015 Dr Leong Chan-Hoong Head, Social Lab and Senior Research Fellow, IPS 
POPS (8)
IPS Post-Election Survey 2015
The survey examined the factors that shaped the vote in the General Elections on 11 September 2015, and shed light on Singaporeans’ political attitudes. 2015 Dr Gillian Koh, Deputy Director (Research), IPS.
7 Perceptions of Governance Survey The Internet survey examined the sentiments and perspectives that voters had towards the government and the electoral system, and the hot-button issues that influenced their choices in the 2015 General Election. Three waves of data collection were conducted, two before Polling Day which was on 11 September 2015 and one after Singaporeans went to the ballot box. 2015 Associate Professor Tan Ern Ser, Department of Sociology, FASS, NUS
Internet and Media Use During GE2015 A nationwide online survey of 2,000 voters aged 21 years and above was conducted following the General Election 2015. The aim of the survey was to examine voters’ use of media and the Internet, and its impact on political participation and voting behaviour. Questions were asked about respondents’ political traits, their use and trust of media, frequency of political participation and talk, their political habits, and their demographics. Findings were first presented at the IPS Post-Election Conference 2015 in November 2015: see Late Decision-Makers and The Role of Media and Social Media. Subsequently, IPS convened a symposium in January 2016, where four academics took a more detailed look at the survey data and what it revealed about media use during the election. 2016 Dr Carol Soon, Senior Research Fellow, IPS
The Makan Index – A Survey of Hawker Food Prices The survey investigated the geographical variations in the cost of eating out in different neighbourhoods in Singapore, as a means of understanding differences in the cost of living across the country. Researchers visited hawker centres and neighbourhood coffee shops in July and August 2016 to collect data and subsequently constructed an index of food prices of commonly found food items and meals 2016 Dr Leong Chan-Hoong, Head, Social Lab and Senior Research Fellow, IPS