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Highlights of the January 2016 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll

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(Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll Bulletin: February 1, 2016 [No. 1472] – pp. 9–12)

 

 Questions & answers (%)

 Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted on Dec. 4–7, 2015 (left) and the survey conducted on Nov. 6–9, 2015 (right).

 

 Q: Deliberations between the ruling and opposition parties will begin in earnest this year regarding the rectification of the “disparity in the value of one vote” in Lower House elections. It is expected that it will be difficult to reach a conclusion as vote-value disparity is intricately linked to the interests of the various parties. Select the one response from the below that best reflects your view on rectifying the disparity in the value of one vote.

 

Jan.

(Dec.)

(Nov.)

The political parties should quickly put together a plan to rectify the disparity in time for the next Lower House elections

37.1

The political parties should create a plan that all parties can agree to even if that process takes time

47.0

Don’t know

16.0

 Q: There is a move for the opposition parties to put up unified candidates, under the banner of repealing the security-related legislation, in the single-seat constituency segment of the Upper House elections this summer. Do you think the opposition parties should run unified candidates in the Upper House elections this summer? Select one response from the below.

 

Jan.

(Dec.)

(Nov.)

The parties should put up joint candidates whenever possible

40.4

Each political party should put up its own candidates

38.5

Can’t say/Don’t know

21.1

 Q: Former Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto has withdrawn from politics as he had earlier promised. Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai), the political party which he used to lead, seeks to have him return to politics. What do you think about Hashimoto’s return to politics? Select one response from the below.

 

Jan.

(Dec.)

(Nov.)

I would very much like Hashimoto to return to politics

46.5

He has withdrawn from politics so he should not return

37.3

Can’t say/Don’t know

16.2

 Q: Who do you think would be appropriate as the next Prime Minister? Select one response from the below.

 

Jan.

(Dec.)

(Nov.)

Taro Aso (Liberal Democratic Party [LDP])

2.5

Shinzo Abe (LDP)

19.4

Shigeru Ishiba (LDP)

12.5

Tomomi Inada (LDP)

0.9

Fumio Kishida (LDP)

1.2

Shinjiro Koizumi (LDP)

20.6

Yosh
ihide Suga (LDP)

1.2

Sadakazu Tanigaki (LDP)

1.2

Seiko Noda (LDP)

1.1

Katsuya Okada (Democratic Party of Japan [DPJ])

3.0

Seiji Maehara (DPJ)

1.6

Natsuo Yamaguchi (Komeito)

0.9

Kazuo Shii (Japanese Communist Party [JCP])

0.8

Yorihisa Matsuno (Japan Innovation Party [JIP])

0.1

Ichiro Matsui (Initiatives from Osaka [Osaka Ishin no Kai])

0.3

Tadatomo Yoshida (Social Democratic Party [SDP])

0.1

Ichiro Ozawa (People’s Life Party [PLP])

0.9

Kota Matsuda (Assembly to Energize Japan [AEJ])

Kyoko Nakayama (Party for Future Generations [PFG])

0.1

Hiroyuki Arai (New Renaissance Party [NRP])

0.1

None of the above/Don’t know

31.9

 Q: How has your standard of living changed compared to this time last year?

 

Jan.

(Dec.)

(Nov.)

It has improved greatly

0.3

(0.3)

(0.2)

It has improved somewhat

5.3

(4.6)

(4.3)

It has not changed

71.3

(68.8)

(66.9)

It has worsened somewhat

19.2

(22.1)

(24.7)

It has worsened greatly

3.3

(3.9)

(3.7)

Don’t know

0.2

(0.2)

(0.2)

 Q: Do you think commodity prices have stabilized, will go up in the future, or will go down from now?

 

Jan.

(Dec.)

(Nov.)

They have stabilized

13.9

(13.0)

(12.1)

They will go up in the future

73.8

(73.3)

(74.7)

They will go down from now

4.2

(4.9)

(5.0)

Don’t know

8.2

(8.8)

(8.2)

 Q: How do you view the economy? Compared with last month, has it remained the same, improved, or worsened?

 

Jan.

(Dec.)

(Nov.)

It has definitely improved

0.6

(0.5)

(0.6)

It has improved somewhat

9.5

(8.7)

(10.1)

It has remained the same

64.6

(64.2)

(61.9)

It has worsened somewhat

18.1

(19.2)

(20.0)

It has definitely worsened

2.6

(2.6)

(2.9)

Don’t know

4.5

(4.9)

(4.5)

 Q: Do you think your lifestyle will improve or worsen in the future?

 

Jan.

(Dec.)

(Nov.)

It will improve

7.9

(8.2)

(8.6)

It will remain the same

52.7

(51.1)

(49.4)

It will worsen

32.9

(35.2)

(36.1)

Don’t know

6.4

(5.5)

(5.9)

 Q: Name up to three countries that you like.

 

Jan.

(Dec.)

(Nov.)

United States of America

49.1

(45.0)

(48.1)

Russia

2.5

(1.7)

(2.0)

United Kingdom

38.6

(38.1)

(39.6)

France

31.1

(29.8)

(33.8)

Germany

30.1

(29.6)

(30.5)

Switzerland

40.8

(40.0)

(41.4)

India

7.0

(5.5)

(5.5)

China

1.2

(1.6)

(2.0)

South Korea

4.0

(3.7)

(4.1)

North Korea

0.1

(–)

(0.1)

None/Don’t know

19.5

(21.8)

(18.7)

Simple total

224.0

(216.8)

(225.8)

 Q: Name up to three countries that you dislike.

 

Jan.

(Dec.)

(Nov.)

United States of America

2.0

(2.8)

(3.0)

Russia

17.0

(18.8)

(17.4)

United Kingdom

0.9

(0.5)

(0.8)

France

0.7

(0.7)

(0.6)

Germany

0.6

(0.8)

(0.9)

Switzerland

0.5

(0.7)

(0.6)

India

2.3

(3.0)

(2.7)

China

69.2

(70.6)

(70.1)

South Korea

43.7

(40.5)

(43.3)

North Korea

85.9

(77.6)

(79.6)

None/Don’t know

8.3

(11.1)

(11.4)

Simple total

231.0

(227.2)

(230.3)

 Q: Which country or region do you think will become important for Japan as a bilateral relationship over the next five years or so? Select up to three from the below.

 

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52.3

Jan.

(Dec.)

(Nov.)

United States of America

69.4

(69.6)

(69.4)

Canada

3.1

(3.4)

(3.7)

Russia

13.6

(14.4)

(15.7)

Other FSU (former Soviet Union)

1.2

(0.3)

(0.8)

Europe

13.0

(15.5)

(13.5)

India

20.3

(17.5)

(14.7)

China

(51.9)

(54.0)

Taiwan

4.6

(6.0)

(6.2)

South Korea

20.8

(14.9)

(17.8)

North Korea

6.0

(4.2)

(5.2)

Southeast Asia

21.4

(25.1)

(23.7)

Latin America

2.6

(2.6)

(2.5)

Middle East

5.8

(5.4)

(3.8)

Africa

3.7

(3.4)

(4.4)

Oceania

2.8

(1.9)

(3.1)

Don’t know

8.3

(8.5)

(8.2)

Simple total

249.1

(244.7)

(246.7)

 Polling methodology: The survey was conducted over the four-day period of Jan. 8–11 through individual interviews. For the survey, a total of 2,000 people were sampled from among men and women, aged 20 and over, across the nation. The valid response rate was 64.2%.

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