Many of the major international news events in 2019 happened in close proximity to Singapore. The Hong Kong protests grabbed our attention the most and was ranked the top news event by 25% of Singaporeans. When asked to share their sentiments, 4-in-10 Singaporeans expressed sadness over the situation.
The second most impactful news headline originated from New Zealand, where a terror attack on a mosque in Christchurch took place in March. 16% of Singaporeans selected this as the biggest story of the year and 43% of Singaporeans expressed sadness over the incident, highest among all international stories polled.
After a successful summit in Singapore, Donald Trump’s second meeting with North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un in Hanoi ended with little to show. This event was selected by 13% of Singaporeans as the third biggest international news headline of 2019.
Other notable headlines include the start of the impeachment process against Donald Trump (liked by 40% of Singaporeans) and millions of people around the world taking to the streets in protests over climate change. The latter was liked by 50% of Singaporeans.