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Highlights of the September 2017 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll

  • October 1, 2017
  • , Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll Bulletin , [No. 1532] – pp. 8–10
  • JMH Translation

Questions & answers (%)

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted on Aug. 3–6 (middle column) and the survey conducted on July 7–10 (right column).

 

Q: North Korea has been pushing ahead with its nuclear and missile development, including test-launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). Do you feel that North Korea is a real threat?

 

I feel North Korea is a real threat

81.3

I do not feel it has gone beyond the level of intimidation and become a real threat

15.4

Don’t know

3.3

 

Q: The Ministry of Defense plans to submit a budget request totaling 5.2551 trillion yen for next fiscal year’s budget to cover defense expenses, including missile defense to respond to North Korea, which has repeatedly test-launched ballistic missiles. This budget request is the highest ever submitted by the Ministry of Defense. Are you in favor of or opposed to this plan?

 

In favor

51.1

Opposed

32.4

Can’t say either way + Don’t know

16.5

 

Q: The consumption tax hike is currently 8% and is scheduled to be raised to 10% in October 2019. The Abe administration has postponed the tax hike twice so far. Do you think the consumption tax should be raised to 10% in October 2019 as scheduled?

 

The tax hike should be implemented as scheduled

34.3

The tax hike should be postponed

58.1

Can’t say either way + Don’t know

7.6

 

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

 

 

Sept.

(Aug.)

(July)

It has improved greatly

0.3

(0.5)

(0.2)

It has improved somewhat

4.7

(3.9)

(5.0)

It has not changed

72.8

(77.0)

(74.2)

It has worsened somewhat

19.4

(15.8)

(17.8)

It has worsened greatly

2.0

(2.4)

(2.4)

Don’t know

0.8

(0.5)

(0.5)

 

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

 

 

Sept.

(Aug.)

(July)

They have stabilized

16.5

(18.8)

(19.1)

They will go up in the future

69.5

(66.1)

(65.4)

They will go down from now

4.2

(3.9)

(4.2)

Don’t know

9.8

(11.2)

(11.3)

 

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

 

 

Sept.

(Aug.)

(July)

It has definitely improved

0.2

(0.3)

(0.4)

It has improved somewhat

6.7

(6.9)

(6.5)

It has remained the same

65.8

(70.8)

(67.8)

It has worsened somewhat

19.7

(16.4)

(17.6)

It has definitely worsened

2.4

(1.6)

(1.8)

Don’t know

5.3

(3.9)

(5.9)

 

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

 

 

Sept.

(Aug.)

(July)

It will improve

8.9

(8.2)

(8.4)

It will remain the same

52.0

(54.1)

(53.4)

It will worsen

32.9

(29.8)

(32.0)

Don’t know

6.3

(7.9)

(6.2)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you like.

 

 

Sept.

(Aug.)

(July)

United States of America

39.7

(39.8)

(37.0)

Russia

2.3

(3.1)

(2.8)

United Kingdom

38.2

(37.9)

(34.1)

France

35.5

(35.2)

(34.7)

Germany

31.9

(34.5)

(32.4)

Switzerland

41.8

(42.0)

(40.5)

India

6.2

(5.9)

(5.5)

China

1.6

(1.5)

(0.7)

South Korea

4.8

(4.5)

(5.1)

North Korea

(0.1)

(0.2)

None/Don’t know

19.6

(17.8)

(22.4)

             Simple total

221.7

(222.4)

(215.3)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you dislike.

 

 

Sept.

(Aug.)

(July)

United States of America

4.8

(5.5)

(6.5)

Russia

24.0

(21.6)

(18.0)

United Kingdom

0.5

(0.8)

(0.4)

France

0.4

(0.5)

(0.2)

Germany

1.2

(1.1)

(1.6)

Switzerland

0.4

(0.3)

(0.5)

India

2.8

(2.3)

(1.7)

China

61.9

(64.0)

(63.5)

South Korea

35.3

(35.5)

(38.7)

North Korea

87.9

(86.8)

(85.9)

None/Don’t know

7.8

(7.9)

(8.5)

             Simple total

227.0

(226.2)

(225.4)

 

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

 

 

Sept.

(Aug.)

(July)

United States of America

75.9

(76.7)

(74.8)

Canada

4.7

(1.9)

(3.0)

Russia

22.6

(22.0)

(19.1)

Other FSU (former Soviet Union)

0.4

(0.8)

(0.6)

Europe

14.8

(15.3)

(19.1)

India

13.6

(13.9)

(12.3)

China

49.9

(55.4)

(50.6)

Taiwan

5.5

(5.3)

(5.7)

South Korea

16.5

(14.7)

(17.1)

North Korea

13.6

(14.3)

(11.8)

Southeast Asia 

18.0

(16.8)

(14.5)

Latin America

2.0

(1.8)

(1.5)

Middle East

2.9

(3.1)

(3.2)

Africa

3.4

(2.4)

(2.8)

Oceania

2.5

(1.8)

(1.8)

Don’t know

7.1

(6.1)

(8.9)

             Simple total

253.5

(252.4)

(246.8)

 

Polling methodology (September 2017): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of 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 on a stratified two-stage random-sampling basis. Valid responses were received from 1,276 people for a valid response rate of 63.8%.

 

Polling methodology (August 2017): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of Aug. 3–6 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 on a stratified two-stage random-sampling basis. Valid responses were received from 1,298 people for a valid response rate of 64.9%.

 

Polling methodology (July 2017): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of July 7–10 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 on a stratified two-stage random-sampling basis. Valid responses were received from 1,301 people for a valid response rate of 65.1%.

 

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