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Highlights of August 2018 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll

  • September 1, 2018
  • , Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll Bulletin , [No. 1565] – pp. 8–11
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Questions & answers (%)

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted on July 6–9 (middle column) and the survey conducted on June 8–11, 2018 (right column).

 

Q: Some are saying that the number of days the prime minister and other cabinet members are required to attend the Diet and the amount of time they are required to spend there should be decreased because the participation requirements are too great and Diet attendance has become a burden for them when they have other public duties to perform. Are you in favor of or opposed to decreasing the amount of time the prime minister and other cabinet members are required to attend the Diet?

 

In favor

34.0

Opposed

34.9

Can’t say either way + Don’t know

31.1

 

Q: The opposition parties are making a stronger and stronger call for a revision of the party leaders’ debates held among the prime minister and the opposition party leaders in the Diet, saying the debates have become a mere formality. Select the one option below that is close to your thinking?

 

The debates should be continued as they are

20.2

The debates should be revised

57.1

The debates should be abolished

8.1

Can’t say either way + Don’t know

14.6

 

  • Q: (Only for those who answered “the debates should be revised” to the previous question) A suprapartisan Diet members league among others has submitted various proposals for revising the party leaders’ debates. Which of the following matches your thinking? Select as many responses as you would like.

 

The debates should be held regularly, about once every two weeks

35.3

The debates should be held at night so that more people can watch them on TV

40.2

The debates should be lengthened from the current 45 minutes to about 2 hours

26.5

None of the above + Don’t know

13.4

 

Q: After the torrential rains in western Japan in July, former Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba has increasingly insisted that a “disaster prevention ministry” be established to serve as an organization to launch integrated responses to natural disasters. The government is cautious about setting up a new government ministry. Are you in favor of or opposed to creating a “disaster prevention ministry”?

 

In favor

72.3

Opposed

14.0

Can’t say either way + Don’t know

13.7

 

Q: Okinawa Prefecture is opposed to the government’s relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district of Nago City, and the government and Okinawa Prefecture have long been at loggerheads. Are you in favor of or opposed to the relocation of Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district of Nago City?

 

In favor

28.5

Opposed

34.1

Can’t say either way + Don’t know

37.4

 

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

 

 

Aug.

(July)

(June)

It has improved greatly

0.4

(0.2)

(0.5)

It has improved somewhat

4.5

(5.8)

(5.1)

It has not changed

74.4

(74.8)

(73.1)

It has worsened somewhat

17.4

(17.0)

(19.2)

It has worsened greatly

2.4

(2.0)

1.6

Don’t know

0.9

(0.2)

0.6

 

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

 

 

Aug.

(July)

(June)

They have stabilized

13.7

(13.0)

(15.8)

They will go up in the future

74.3

(76.2)

(72.0)

They will go down from now

2.9

(2.7)

(3.1)

Don’t know

9.0

(8.1)

(9.1)

 

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

 

 

Aug.

(July)

(June)

It has definitely improved

0.2

(0.2)

(0.4)

It has improved somewhat

8.0

(5.6)

(8.2)

It has remained the same

66.7

(66.9)

(66.6)

It has worsened somewhat

17.0

(20.6)

(17.7)

It has definitely worsened

2.6

(1.8)

(1.7)

Don’t know

5.4

(4.8)

(5.3)

 

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

 

 

Aug.

(July)

(June)

It will improve

8.9

(8.8)

(7.8)

It will remain the same

53.3

(54.8)

(54.5)

It will worsen

30.7

(30.0)

(31.4)

Don’t know

7.1

(6.4)

(6.3)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you like.

 

 

Aug.

(July)

(June)

United States of America

36.4

(38.6)

(38.0)

Russia

2.4

(2.3)

(2.5)

United Kingdom

39.1

(39.1)

(37.3)

France

38.5

(38.2)

(34.5)

Germany

30.2

(29.2)

(30.4)

Switzerland

39.1

(36.5)

(37.7)

India

7.1

(6.7)

(6.6)

China

2.5

(2.0)

(2.2)

South Korea

5.6

(6.3)

(6.2)

North Korea

(0.2)

(0.2)

None/Don’t know

21.2

(20.1)

(21.6)

             Simple total

222.2

(219.3)

(217.2)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you dislike.

 

 

Aug.

(July)

(June)

United States of America

7.2

(7.2)

(6.2)

Russia

18.0

(18.0)

(19.9)

United Kingdom

0.4

(0.5)

(0.8)

France

0.7

(0.2)

(0.8)

Germany

1.1

(1.1)

(1.4)

Switzerland

0.3

(0.4)

(0.5)

India

3.3

(3.2)

(2.8)

China

60.2

(60.0)

(60.5)

South Korea

35.0

(33.3)

(34.9)

North Korea

79.4

(79.5)

(77.9)

None/Don’t know

14.1

(12.6)

(12.5)

             Simple total

219.6

(216.2)

(218.2)

 

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.

 

 

Aug.

(July)

(June)

United States of America

75.2

(75.5)

(74.0)

Canada

2.9

(2.7)

(3.4)

Russia

15.6

(16.2)

(17.3)

Other FSU (former Soviet Union)

1.0

(0.7)

(0.7)

Europe

11.9

(11.1)

(12.6)

India

13.0

(12.8)

(14.2)

China

56.0

(56.5)

(52.9)

Taiwan

5.9

(4.9)

(5.1)

South Korea

13.1

(15.1)

(14.8)

North Korea

15.7

(18.2)

(15.7)

Southeast Asia 

14.6

(12.5)

(15.6)

Latin America

1.5

(1.6)

(1.1)

Middle East

4.2

(4.7)

(4.2)

Africa

3.0

(3.3)

(4.0)

Oceania

1.5

(1.1)

(1.8)

Don’t know

8.5

(7.6)

(9.0)

             Simple total

243.7

(244.6)

(246.3)

 

Polling methodology (August 2018): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of Aug. 3–6 through individual interviews. For the survey, a total of 1,991 people were sampled on a stratified two-stage random-sampling basis from among men and women, aged 18 and over, across the nation excluding the sections of Hiroshima Prefecture devastated by the torrential rains in western Japan. Valid responses were received from 1,230 people for a valid response rate of 61.8%.

 

Polling methodology (July 2018): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of July 6–9 through individual interviews. For the survey, a total of 1,991 people were sampled on a stratified two-stage random-sampling basis from among men and women, aged 18 and over, across the nation excluding the sections of Hiroshima Prefecture devastated by the torrential rains in western Japan. Valid responses were received from 1,231 people for a valid response rate of 61.8%.

 

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%.

 

 

 

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