In the September 2017 public opinion poll conducted by Jiji Press, 58.1% said the consumption tax hike scheduled for October 2019 “should be postponed,” surpassing the 34.3% who said that raising the rate to 10% “should be implemented as scheduled.” This reflects the public’s strong-rooted resistance to having their tax burden increased by a rise in the consumption tax.
The consumption tax was originally scheduled to be raised to 10% in October 2015, but it has been postponed twice due to economic conditions. Among Liberal Democratic Party supporters, 48.5% think it “should be implemented as scheduled,” exceeding the 44.6% who think the tax hike “should be postponed.”
Some 58.2% of Democratic Party supporters, 59.7% of Komeito supporters, and 64.7% of Japanese Communist Party supports think the raise should be postponed. Some 62.6% of independents also took this view.
[Polling methodology: The survey was conducted on Sept. 8–11 through individual interviews. For the survey, a total of 2,000 people were sampled from among men and women, aged 18 and over, across the nation. The valid response rate was 63.8%.]