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Highlights of the May 2018 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll

  • June 1, 2018
  • , Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll Bulletin , [No. 1556] – pp. 8–10
  • JMH Translation

Questions & answers (%)

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted on April 6–9 (middle column) and the survey conducted on March 9–12, 2018 (right column).s

 

Q: Do you think it was appropriate to dispatch Self-Defense Forces units to Iraq?

 

Yes

38.0

No

40.5

Don’t know

21.4

 

Q: Do you think Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bears responsibility for the scandal surrounding the approval given to Kake Educational Institution to construct a new veterinary school?

 

Yes

65.2

No

20.0

Don’t know

14.8

 

Q: Do you think the inter-Korea summit and the U.S.-DPRK summit will lead to progress in the resolution of the issue of the abduction of Japanese nationals by North Korea?

 

Yes

28.4

No

58.8

Can’t say either way + Don’t know

12.7

 

Q: Are you hopeful about the “Democratic Party for the People,” the new party formed through the merger of the former Democratic Party and the former Party of Hope?

 

Yes

11.9

No

71.2

Can’t say either way + Don’t know

16.9

 

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

 

 

May

(April)

(March)

It has improved greatly

0.9

(0.6)

(0.3)

It has improved somewhat

4.7

(4.7)

(5.2)

It has not changed

75.7

(73.9)

(72.6)

It has worsened somewhat

16.7

(18.2)

(19.3)

It has worsened greatly

2.0

(2.1)

(2.0)

Don’t know

0.1

(0.5)

(0.5)

 

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

 

 

May

(April)

(March)

They have stabilized

18.5

(15.1)

(13.8)

They will go up in the future

68.2

(73.2)

(74.2)

They will go down from now

3.1

(2.3)

(3.1)

Don’t know

10.2

(9.4)

(9.0)

 

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

 

 

May

(April)

(March)

It has definitely improved

0.6

(0.3)

(0.7)

It has improved somewhat

8.6

(8.0)

(6.9)

It has remained the same

70.9

(66.4)

(67.1)

It has worsened somewhat

14.5

(17.8)

(18.4)

It has definitely worsened

1.5

(2.1)

(1.7)

Don’t know

3.8

(5.5)

(5.1)

 

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

 

 

May

(April)

(March)

It will improve

8.6

(8.3)

(10.0)

It will remain the same

55.6

(54.5)

(51.8)

It will worsen

30.2

(31.6)

(31.5)

Don’t know

5.7

(5.6)

(6.6)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you like.

 

 

May

(April)

(March)

United States of America

41.1

(39.0)

(40.1)

Russia

2.7

(2.2)

(2.7)

United Kingdom

38.5

(35.7)

(35.4)

France

35.7

(33.5)

(36.3)

Germany

31.7

(30.1)

(31.1)

Switzerland

37.5

(39.2)

(40.6)

India

7.3

(6.4)

(6.9)

China

2.5

(2.9)

(2.0)

South Korea

4.5

(6.5)

(4.7)

North Korea

0.2

(0.2)

(0.2)

None/Don’t know

19.8

(21.3)

(20.0)

             Simple total

221.6

(217.1)

(220.0)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you dislike.

 

 

May

(April)

(March)

United States of America

5.6

(6.9)

 (6.7)

Russia

18.9

(21.9)

(17.7)

United Kingdom

0.5

(0.9)

(1.1)

France

0.3

(0.2)

(0.7)

Germany

1.0

(1.3)

(1.1)

Switzerland

0.4

(0.3)

(0.3)

India

2.8

(2.8)

(1.6)

China

57.2

(58.8)

(61.7)

South Korea

37.7

(35.4)

(43.5)

North Korea

80.0

(81.2)

(82.1)

None/Don’t know

12.7

(12.5)

(11.0)

             Simple total

217.2

(222.1)

(227.5)

 

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.

 

 

May

(April)

(March)

United States of America

73.1

(74.9)

(76.0)

Canada

3.1

(2.9)

(3.5)

Russia

14.5

(15.9)

(14.7)

Other FSU (former Soviet Union)

0.8

(0.6)

(0.8)

Europe

10.4

(11.8)

(13.9)

India

14.8

(12.8)

(14.2)

China

56.0

(56.7)

(54.7)

Taiwan

6.3

(5.5)

(6.2)

South Korea

18.4

(18.3)

(19.1)

North Korea

17.4

(16.2)

(17.4)

Southeast Asia 

15.3

(15.8)

(15.4)

Latin America

1.6

(1.7)

(2.1)

Middle East

4.0

(3.3)

(4.4)

Africa

4.2

(2.4)

(2.4)

Oceania

1.0

(1.5)

(0.5)

Don’t know

7.9

(8.7)

(7.1)

             Simple total

248.8

(249.1)

(252.2)

 

Polling methodology (May 2018): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of May 11–14 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 1,273 people for a valid response rate of 63.7%.

 

Polling methodology (April 2018): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of April 6–9 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 1,267 people for a valid response rate of 63.4%.

 

Polling methodology (March 2018): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of March 9–12 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 1,227 people for a valid response rate of 61.4%.

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