Singapore once again tops the US-based Gallup’s Law and Order Index with a score of 97. It has topped the index every year since 2015.
Turkmenistan ties with Singapore in first place. China is third with a score of 94. The global average is 82. Meanwhile, Hong Kong plunged to 82nd place from its 5th position in 2018 following the violent protests over a now withdrawn extradition bill. It was excluded from the index in 2019.
The Law and Order Index is a composite score based on people’s reported confidence in their local police, their feelings of personal safety, and the incidence of theft and assault or mugging in the past year.
Safety and strong rule of law
In countries where residents feel safe walking alone at night, it coincides with the strong rule of law. Gallup says this response was almost universal in Singapore where 97% of residents polled said they feel safe walking alone at night.
Nearly 175,000 people aged 15 and older, across 144 countries and areas were polled before the pandemic. The results were based on face-to-face or telephone interviews. For Singapore, 1040 people were polled between July to November last year via face-to-face interview conducted in English and Chinese.
The poll shows that residents in Singapore residents continue to maintain high confidence in the local police force.