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Highlights of the July 2016 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll

  • August 1, 2016
  • , Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll Bulletin , [No. 1490] pp. 8–11
  • Translation

Questions & answers (%)

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted on June 10–13 (middle) and the survey conducted on May 6–9, 2016 (right).

 

Q: It is expected that there will be a reshuffling of the cabinet and changes made in the leadership of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) before the extraordinary Diet session in the autumn. The focus will be on what happens with core positions in the administration, including Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga and Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso in the cabinet and Secretary-General Sadakazu Tanigaki in the LDP leadership. What do you think Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should do? Select only one response from the below.

 

He should make major changes, including changes in the core positions of the administration

26.7

He should keep changes to a minimum

51.9

Either is fine + Don’t know

21.5

 

Q: Prime Minister Abe has stated that he would like to initiate concrete deliberations on constitutional amendment at the Commission on the Constitution in each of the two Houses starting from the extraordinary Diet session this autumn. What do you think about this? Select only one response from the below.

 

Deliberations should be commenced promptly

36.0

There is no need to rush to commence deliberations

54.0

Don’t know

10.0

 

Q: Some in the LDP are calling for a large-scale supplementary budget to be compiled at the extraordinary session of the Diet in the autumn so that economic countermeasures can be taken. Some, however, are opposed to using deficit-financing government bonds, which become government debt, to fund economic countermeasures. It looks like this matter will be a subject of debate. What do you think? Select only one response from the below.

 

Economic countermeasures should be taken even if it means that a large amount of deficit-financing government bonds are issued

8.5

Economic countermeasures are needed, but they should be taken while keeping deficit-financing government bonds to a minimum

63.8

Economic countermeasures should not be taken if it means that deficit-financing government bonds must be issued

18.1

Don’t know

9.6

 

Q: In the recent Upper House election, four opposition parties joined hands to field unified candidates in the single-seat constituencies. Do you think the opposition parties should continue to field joint candidates in the future if possible? Select only one response from the below.

 

The opposition parties should continue to field joint candidates

43.8

The opposition parties should each field their own candidates

35.3

Can’t say either way + Don’t know

21.0

 

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

 

 

July

(June)

(May)

It has improved greatly

0.2

(0.4)

(0.2)

It has improved somewhat

5.0

(3.7)

(3.9)

It has not changed

71.8

(74.8)

(71.5)

It has worsened somewhat

20.3

(19.3)

(21.3)

It has worsened greatly

2.5

(1.6)

(2.8)

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?

 

 

July

(June)

(May)

They have stabilized

18.3

(17.1)

(16.3)

They will go up in the future

65.4

(68.1)

(71.1)

They will go down from now

6.2

(6.1)

(4.6)

Don’t know

10.2

(8.8)

(7.9)

 

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

 

 

July

(June)

(May)

It has definitely improved

(0.2)

(0.1)

It has improved somewhat

5.9

(5.8)

(5.0)

It has remained the same

69.3

(66.5)

(64.5)

It has worsened somewhat

18.8

(21.4)

(24.2)

It has definitely worsened

2.1

(1.9)

(2.0)

Don’t know

3.9

(4.2)

(4.2)

 

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

 

 

July

(June)

(May)

It will improve

10.4

(8.3)

(8.6)

It will remain the same

53.5

(51.6)

(50.5)

It will worsen

30.7

(34.8)

(34.7)

Don’t know

5.4

(5.3)

(6.1)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you like.

 

 

July

(June)

(May)

United States of America

49.4

(51.9)

(47.9)

Russia

3.1

(1.9)

(1.9)

United Kingdom

32.6

(40.3)

(39.2)

France

31.4

(34.2)

(31.0)

Germany

34.3

(33.4)

(33.5)

Switzerland

41.3

(39.1)

(38.8)

India

6.5

(6.0)

(7.0)

China

2.3

(1.2)

(1.3)

South Korea

4.9

(4.8)

(4.5)

North Korea

0.5

(0.1)

(–)

None/Don’t know

18.4

(17.1)

(18.9)

             Simple total

224.7

(230.0)

(224.0)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you dislike.

 

 

July

(June)

(May)

United States of America

2.9

(2.8)

(2.8)

Russia

21.1

(20.8)

(19.5)

United Kingdom

0.9

(0.8)

(0.9)

France

1.2

(0.9)

(0.7)

Germany

1.2

(1.0)

(1.0)

Switzerland

0.5

(0.5)

(0.5)

India

2.6

(3.2)

(2.7)

China

72.4

(72.0)

(69.4)

South Korea

36.4

(39.5)

(40.2)

North Korea

83.3

(83.3)

(83.5)

None/Don’t know

8.8

(9.4)

(9.3)

             Simple total

231.3

(234.3)

(230.5)

 

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.

 

 

July

(June)

(May)

United States of America

73.7

(74.9)

(71.9)

Canada

4.2

(3.0)

(2.7)

Russia

14.1

(16.6)

(19.3)

Other FSU (former Soviet Union)

0.8

(0.9)

(0.9)

Europe

21.0

(15.4)

(13.6)

India

16.5

(19.5)

(16.7)

China

52.4

(51.9)

(52.1)

Taiwan

8.7

(8.2)

(7.7)

South Korea

14.9

(15.0)

(17.5)

North Korea

7.3

(7.6)

(8.5)

Southeast Asia 

23.1

(23.2)

(24.0)

Latin America

1.1

(1.9)

(2.9)

Middle East

5.1

(4.5)

(4.5)

Africa

3.4

(4.4)

(3.5)

Oceania

2.3

(2.8)

(3.0)

Don’t know

6.8

(6.0)

(7.8)

             Simple total

255.5

(255.8)

(256.5)

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted over the four-day period of July 15–18 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 1,296 people for a valid response rate of 64.8%.

 

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