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Highlights of the June 2018 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll

Questions & answers (%)

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted on May 11–14 (middle column) and the survey conducted on April 6–9, 2018 (right column).

 

Q: The “work-style reform” bill includes the introduction of the “highly skilled professionals system,” which exempts high-income, highly specialized professionals from work-hour regulations, and the bill also beefs up regulations on overtime work hours. Are you in favor of or opposed to this bill?

 

In favor

29.5

Opposed

38.7

Don’t know

31.8

 

Q: Do you think Finance Minister Taro Aso should resign in light of the scandals surrounding the falsification of official documents related to the sale of state-owned land to school operator Moritomo Gakuen and the sexual harassment committed by a former administrative vice finance minister?

 

Yes

56.9

No

29.1

Don’t know

14.0

 

Q: Who do you think would be appropriate to serve as the next Liberal Democratic Party president? Select one from the following list.

 

Shinzo Abe

22.1

Shigeru Ishiba

23.2

Fumio Kishida

5.0

Seiko Noda

4.2

Taro Kono

2.1

Taro Aso

0.5

Yoshihide Suga

0.9

Shinjiro Koizumi

25.1

Other

Don’t know

17.0

 

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

 

 

June

(May)

(April)

It has improved greatly

0.5

(0.9)

(0.6)

It has improved somewhat

5.1

(4.7)

(4.7)

It has not changed

73.1

(75.7)

(73.9)

It has worsened somewhat

19.2

(16.7)

(18.2)

It has worsened greatly

1.6

(2.0)

(2.1)

Don’t know

0.6

(0.1)

(0.5)

 

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

 

 

June

(May)

(April)

They have stabilized

15.8

(18.5)

(15.1)

They will go up in the future

72.0

(68.2)

(73.2)

They will go down from now

3.1

(3.1)

(2.3)

Don’t know

9.1

(10.2)

(9.4)

 

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

 

 

June

(May)

(April)

It has definitely improved

0.4

(0.6)

(0.3)

It has improved somewhat

8.2

(8.6)

(8.0)

It has remained the same

66.6

(70.9)

(66.4)

It has worsened somewhat

17.7

(14.5)

(17.8)

It has definitely worsened

1.7

(1.5)

(2.1)

Don’t know

5.3

(3.8)

(5.5)

 

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

 

 

June

(May)

(April)

It will improve

7.8

(8.6)

(8.3)

It will remain the same

54.5

(55.6)

(54.5)

It will worsen

31.4

(30.2)

(31.6)

Don’t know

6.3

(5.7)

(5.6)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you like.

 

 

June

(May)

(April)

United States of America

38.0

(41.1)

(39.0)

Russia

2.5

(2.7)

(2.2)

United Kingdom

37.3

(38.5)

(35.7)

France

34.5

(35.7)

(33.5)

Germany

30.4

(31.7)

(30.1)

Switzerland

37.7

(37.5)

(39.2)

India

6.6

(7.3)

(6.4)

China

2.2

(2.5)

(2.9)

South Korea

6.2

(4.5)

(6.5)

North Korea

0.2

(0.2)

(0.2)

None/Don’t know

21.6

(19.8)

(21.3)

             Simple total

217.2

(221.6)

(217.1)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you dislike.

 

 

June

(May)

(April)

United States of America

6.2

(5.6)

(6.9)

Russia

19.9

(18.9)

(21.9)

United Kingdom

0.8

(0.5)

(0.9)

France

0.8

(0.3)

(0.2)

Germany

1.4

(1.0)

(1.3)

Switzerland

0.5

(0.4)

(0.3)

India

2.8

(2.8)

(2.8)

China

60.5

(57.2)

(58.8)

South Korea

34.9

(37.7)

(35.4)

North Korea

77.9

(80.0)

(81.2)

None/Don’t know

12.5

(12.7)

(12.5)

             Simple total

218.2

(217.2)

(222.1)

 

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.

 

 

June

(May)

(April)

United States of America

74.0

(73.1)

(74.9)

Canada

3.4

(3.1)

(2.9)

Russia

17.3

(14.5)

(15.9)

Other FSU (former Soviet Union)

0.7

(0.8)

(0.6)

Europe

12.6

(10.4)

(11.8)

India

14.2

(14.8)

(12.8)

China

52.9

(56.0)

(56.7)

Taiwan

5.1

(6.3)

(5.5)

South Korea

14.8

(18.4)

(18.3)

North Korea

15.7

(17.4)

(16.2)

Southeast Asia 

15.6

(15.3)

(15.8)

Latin America

1.1

(1.6)

(1.7)

Middle East

4.2

(4.0)

(3.3)

Africa

4.0

(4.2)

(2.4)

Oceania

1.8

(1.0)

(1.5)

Don’t know

9.0

(7.9)

(8.7)

             Simple total

246.3

(248.8)

(249.1)

 

Polling methodology (June 2018): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of June 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 1,265 people for a valid response rate of 63.3%.

 

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%.

 

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