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Highlights of the April 2016 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll

  • May 1, 2016
  • , Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll Bulletin , [No. 1481] – pp. 8–11
  • Translation

Questions & answers (%)

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted on Mar. 11–14, 2016 (left) and the survey conducted on Feb. 11–14, 2016 (right).

 

Q: Some say that the increase in the consumption tax to 10% scheduled for April 2017 should be postponed. What is your view on the matter? Select only one response from the below.

 

The consumption tax should be increased as scheduled

28.9

The increase in the consumption tax should be postponed

64.8

None of the above & Don’t know

6.2

 

Q: Do you hope that the government continues to promote Abenomics, Prime Minister Abe’s package of economic measures?

 

Yes

37.5

No

50.9

Don’t know

11.5

 

Q: Do you support the Bank of Japan’s negative interest rate policy?

 

Yes

17.4

No

49.1

None of the above & Don’t know

33.4

 

Q: How much of an impact do you think the Abe administration’s policies to address child daycare waiting lists, including improving working conditions for daycare workers, will have on resolving the issue? Select only one response from the below.

 

The policies will greatly improve the situation

2.0

The policies will somewhat improve the situation

36.6

The policies will not improve the situation very much

45.0

The policies will not improve the situation at all

11.0

Don’t know

5.5

 

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

 

 

Apr.

(Mar.)

(Feb.)

It has improved greatly

0.2

(0.1)

(0.2)

It has improved somewhat

4.3

(4.1)

(4.9)

It has not changed

70.5

(72.5)

(70.7)

It has worsened somewhat

21.8

(19.2)

(20.9)

It has worsened greatly

2.8

(4.1)

(2.9)

Don’t know

0.4

(0.2)

(0.4)

 

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

 

 

Apr.

(Mar.)

(Feb.)

They have stabilized

12.9

(14.8)

(15.6)

They will go up in the future

74.5

(70.3)

(66.5)

They will go down from now

4.4

(5.6)

(6.4)

Don’t know

8.1

(9.3)

(11.4)

 

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

 

 

Apr.

(Mar.)

(Feb.)

It has definitely improved

0.1

(0.2)

(–)

It has improved somewhat

5.0

(6.1)

(5.8)

It has remained the same

61.1

(64.7)

(61.4)

It has worsened somewhat

25.5

(20.7)

(25.0)

It has definitely worsened

2.4

(3.7)

(3.7)

Don’t know

5.9

(4.6)

(4.1)

 

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

 

 

Apr.

(Mar.)

(Feb.)

It will improve

7.5

(8.0)

(8.2)

It will remain the same

48.6

(50.6)

(51.3)

It will worsen

36.9

(35.0)

(33.9)

Don’t know

7.0

(6.5)

(6.7)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you like.

 

 

Apr.

(Mar.)

(Feb.)

United States of America

47.8

(48.2)

(45.5)

Russia

2.1

(2.2)

(2.5)

United Kingdom

36.1

(40.7)

(38.5)

France

31.8

(35.3)

(34.9)

Germany

31.6

(34.0)

(32.9)

Switzerland

38.3

(41.6)

(40.1)

India

6.5

(6.6)

(6.4)

China

1.7

(1.8)

(1.4)

South Korea

4.7

(5.1)

(5.4)

North Korea

0.2

(0.3)

(0.2)

None/Don’t know

20.9

(16.1)

(17.1)

             Simple total

221.7

(232.0)

(224.9)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you dislike.

 

 

Apr.

(Mar.)

(Feb.)

United States of America

3.3

(3.6)

(4.1)

Russia

17.3

(20.3)

(18.6)

United Kingdom

0.4

(0.3)

(0.6)

France

0.6

(0.9)

(1.1)

Germany

1.6

(0.5)

(1.4)

Switzerland

0.8

(0.4)

(0.6)

India

3.3

(3.0)

(2.5)

China

69.5

(70.3)

(68.5)

South Korea

37.9

(39.7)

(38.6)

North Korea

84.1

(86.1)

(85.9)

None/Don’t know

9.0

(8.0)

(7.5)

             Simple total

227.8

(233.0)

(229.4)

 

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.

 

 

Apr.

(Mar.)

(Feb.)

United States of America

73.2

(75.1)

(72.3)

Canada

3.0

(3.0)

(4.1)

Russia

11.0

(12.5)

(13.0)

Other FSU (former Soviet Union)

1.0

(0.9)

(0.8)

Europe

14.8

(14.5)

(12.7)

India

16.1

(18.4)

(16.7)

China

52.9

(51.9)

(52.5)

Taiwan

10.3

(9.7)

(9.1)

South Korea

17.9

(17.8)

(18.4)

North Korea

7.9

(9.3)

(8.6)

Southeast Asia 

23.3

(23.1)

(22.3)

Latin America

2.2

(2.1)

(2.5)

Middle East

4.4

(5.5)

(5.3)

Africa

3.6

(4.1)

(3.7)

Oceania

1.7

(3.7)

(2.1)

Don’t know

7.5

(6.5)

(7.3)

             Simple total

250.9

(258.2)

(251.4)

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted over the four-day period of Apr. 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 on a stratified two-stage random-sampling basis. Valid responses were received from 1,268 people for a valid response rate of 63.4%.

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