I'm gracious but you're not - Singaporean survey

SINGAPORE Mon Jul 4, 2011 5:55am EDT

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A survey on graciousness in Singapore has found that many citizens give themselves high marks but believe others are much less gracious.

According to the survey carried out by the Singapore Kindness Movement, 43 percent of Singaporeans believed they possessed a high level of graciousness, whereas only 15 percent gave others the same rating.

Eighty eight percent of respondents felt they had done an act of kindness in the past six months while only 55 percent said they had received such an act.

"Singaporeans consistently give harsher assessments of fellow Singaporeans and are more forgiving of themselves," said William Wan, general manager of the movement.

The survey showed 62 percent of respondents agreed with the statement that it was not possible for Singapore to become a more gracious place because of a hectic and stressed lifestyle in the city-state.

Known for micro-managing its population, Singapore frequently rolls out campaigns aimed at moulding social behaviour. Past drives have urged citizens to be punctual, courteous on the road and have more babies.

The Singapore Kindness Movement is running a campaign on public transport urging the public to be more gracious, including giving up seats to the elderly and to pregnant women.

(Reporting by Hilary Anderson; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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