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OPINION POLLS

Highlights of the May 2016 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll

Questions & answers (%)

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted on Apr. 8–11 (left) and the survey conducted on Mar. 11–14, 2016 (right).

 

Q: Which of the following policies will you place the highest priority on in deciding how to vote in this summer’s Upper House elections? Select only one response from the below.

 

Security-related legislation

18.2

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)

4.5

Abenomics, the Abe administration’s economic policy package

15.6

Constitutional amendment

13.8

Measures to address child daycare waiting lists

6.0

Social security, including healthcare and pensions

35.9

Other

1.4

Don’t know

4.6

 

Q: Two years ago in November 2014, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided to postpone raising the consumption tax rate to 10%, and he put the question to the public by dissolving the Lower House and calling an election. If the prime minister were to postpone the tax hike again from the current schedule of April 2017, do you think he should once again dissolve the Lower House and seek voter response in a general election? Select only one response from the below.

 

He should dissolve the Lower House and seek voter response in a general election

31.5

It is sufficient to seek voter response through this summer’s Upper House election

24.5

There is no need to seek voter response

35.4

Don’t know

8.6

 

Q: There is talk that a double election may be held on the day of the Upper House election if the Lower House is dissolved. Do you think a double election should be held?

 

Yes

29.1

No

41.4

Can’t say either way & Don’t know

29.5

 

Q: For the first time in eight years, Japan will host the summit of the Group of Seven nations (Ise-Shima Summit) in Shima City, Mie Prefecture. The meeting will discuss a variety of issues. About which of the following issues do you hope results will be achieved? Select as many responses as apply from the below. (Multiple responses permitted)

 

World economy

56.7

Terrorism countermeasures

56.5

Issues related to the Middle East

17.0

Issues related to North Korea

44.4

Maritime security, including the South China Sea

31.7

Nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation

31.6

Global warming and energy

46.7

Other

0.6

Don’t know

5.3

 

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

 

 

May

(Apr.)

(Mar.)

It has improved greatly

0.2

(0.2)

(0.1)

It has improved somewhat

3.9

(4.3)

(4.1)

It has not changed

71.5

(70.5)

(72.5)

It has worsened somewhat

21.3

(21.8)

(19.2)

It has worsened greatly

2.8

(2.8)

(4.1)

Don’t know

0.2

(0.4)

(0.2)

 

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

 

 

May

(Apr.)

(Mar.)

They have stabilized

16.3

(12.9)

(14.8)

They will go up in the future

71.1

(74.5)

(70.3)

They will go down from now

4.6

(4.4)

(5.6)

Don’t know

7.9

(8.1)

(9.3)

 

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

 

 

May

(Apr.)

(Mar.)

It has definitely improved

0.1

(0.1)

(0.2)

It has improved somewhat

5.0

(5.0)

(6.1)

It has remained the same

64.5

(61.1)

(64.7)

It has worsened somewhat

24.2

(25.5)

(20.7)

It has definitely worsened

2.0

(2.4)

(3.7)

Don’t know

4.2

(5.9)

(4.6)

 

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

 

 

May

(Apr.)

(Mar.)

It will improve

8.6

(7.5)

(8.0)

It will remain the same

50.5

(48.6)

(50.6)

It will worsen

34.7

(36.9)

(35.0)

Don’t know

6.1

(7.0)

(6.5)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you like.

 

 

May

(Apr.)

(Mar.)

United States of America

47.9

(47.8)

(48.2)

Russia

1.9

(2.1)

(2.2)

United Kingdom

39.2

(36.1)

(40.7)

France

31.0

(31.8)

(35.3)

Germany

33.5

(31.6)

(34.0)

Switzerland

38.8

(38.3)

(41.6)

India

7.0

(6.5)

(6.6)

China

1.3

(1.7)

(1.8)

South Korea

4.5

(4.7)

(5.1)

North Korea

(0.2)

(0.3)

None/Don’t know

18.9

(20.9)

(16.1)

             Simple total

224.0

(221.7)

(232.0)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you dislike.

 

 

May

(Apr.)

(Mar.)

United States of America

2.8

(3.3)

(3.6)

Russia

19.5

(17.3)

(20.3)

United Kingdom

0.9

(0.4)

(0.3)

France

0.7

(0.6)

(0.9)

Germany

1.0

(1.6)

(0.5)

Switzerland

0.5

(0.8)

(0.4)

India

2.7

(3.3)

(3.0)

China

69.4

(69.5)

(70.3)

South Korea

40.2

(37.9)

(39.7)

North Korea

83.5

(84.1)

(86.1)

None/Don’t know

9.3

(9.0)

(8.0)

             Simple total

230.5

(227.8)

(233.0)

 

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.

 

 

May

(Apr.)

(Mar.)

United States of America

71.9

(73.2)

(75.1)

Canada

2.7

(3.0)

(3.0)

Russia

19.3

(11.0)

(12.5)

Other FSU (former Soviet Union)

0.9

(1.0)

(0.9)

Europe

13.6

(14.8)

(14.5)

India

16.7

(16.1)

(18.4)

China

52.1

(52.9)

(51.9)

Taiwan

7.7

(10.3)

(9.7)

South Korea

17.5

(17.9)

(17.8)

North Korea

8.5

(7.9)

(9.3)

Southeast Asia 

24.0

(23.3)

(23.1)

Latin America

2.9

(2.2)

(2.1)

Middle East

4.5

(4.4)

(5.5)

Africa

3.5

(3.6)

(4.1)

Oceania

3.0

(1.7)

(3.7)

Don’t know

7.8

(7.5)

(6.5)

             Simple total

256.5

(250.9)

(258.2)

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted over the four-day period of May 6–9 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 1,272 people for a valid response rate of 64.4%.

 

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