Analysis of Results
The public generally felt that globalisation had a positive impact (Question 11) and that it would continue to accelerate in the future (Question 8). They were then told to elaborate by asking them a variety of questions relating to the economic and sociocultural aspects of globalisation.
One question that was used to find out their reasons was Question 3. It asked "Do you prefer local or international labels of clothes?". Most of the respondents put the option "overseas" as the answer. This was expected as these international brands spend a great deal on advertising and this had made an impact on the respondents. Question 4 was also asked to find out the impact on socioculture by globalisation by asking whether they were a member of a social-networking site. We did not expect such low numbers of respondents (less than half) being members of social-networking sites as it seemed very popular.
Questions Q9 and Q10 were posed to find out how the thoughts of the respondents on economic globalisation. Question 9 asked whether stricter trade laws would affect the economic stability of a country. Most of the respondents felt that it would, which was expected. Question 10 asked whether job loss would be a major issue in the future. The responses were really close and there was no obvious difference. However, it is interesting to note that the local respondents generally favoured the response 'yes', whereas the international respondents favoured 'no'. This might be due to the reason that there is a considerable lack of jobs in Singapore, so local respondents felt so.
Questions Q5 and Q6 were linked questions. Question 5 asked whether they have been directly affected by globalisation and Question 6 asked them to elaborate. Most of them replied yes, however, for Question 6, which was open ended, there were a variety of answers. Most of them were just about the availability of items and better communications.
In order to find out the publics opinion on the future of globalisation, Question 8 asked how globalisation would evolve in the future. Most of them answered that it would be accelerating in the future, and only a small number responded slowing down, and only one responded as going in reverse.
From the results of these surveys, we found out that even though the public did have a generally similar idea that globalisation had a positive impact, the individual opinions also depended on the situation in their own country. Even though globalisation occurs, it has not yet come to the point where everyone everywhere have the same ideas and perspective, this kind of variety also gives a different way to view the situation from.