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Highlights of October 2018 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll

  • November 1, 2018
  • , Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll Bulletin , [No. 1571] – pp. 8–11
  • JMH Translation

Questions & answers (%)

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted on Sept. 7–10 (middle column) and the survey conducted on Aug. 3–6, 2018 (right column).

 

Q: Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that their two nations conclude a peace treaty without preconditions by year-end. President Putin’s proposal runs counter to the Japanese government’s basic position that a peace treaty will be concluded after the issue of territorial possession is resolved. Do you think the negotiations for a Japan-Russia peace treaty should be promoted without resolving the issue of the Northern Territories?

 

Yes

37.4

No

47.5

Can’t say either way + Don’t know

15.1

 

Q: [Under the “Hometown Tax Donation” system, taxpayers can choose to pay a certain proportion of their local tax – in essence, “donate” – to a city, prefecture, or municipality of their choice. In return, taxpayers are exempt from a portion of their income and resident taxes. What’s more, the public bodies that receive the tax donation give a gift in return.] The government sees it as problematic that some local governments send gifts of luxury items or items unrelated to their locality to taxpayers who pay tax under the system, and the government is considering revising the law to introduce restrictions on the gifts. Which of the following is closest to your thinking on the Hometown Tax Donation system?

 

The government should revise the system and introduce restrictions on the gifts

31.9

It is fine to leave the gifts up to the discretion of the local governments; there is no need to revise the system

46.8

The Hometown Tax Donation system should be discontinued

13.8

Don’t know

7.5

 

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

16.7

Shigeru Ishiba

15.3

Fumio Kishida

5.0

Seiko Noda

1.8

Taro Kono

3.0

Taro Aso

0.6

Yoshihide Suga

1.6

Shinjiro Koizumi

26.1

Yukio Edano

5.4

Yuichiro Tamaki

0.1

Natsuo Yamaguchi

0.8

Kazuo Shii

0.9

Ichiro Ozawa

0.3

Other

0.3

Don’t know

22.1

 

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

 

 

Oct.

(Sept.)

(Aug.)

It has improved greatly

0.4

(0.3)

(0.4)

It has improved somewhat

3.4

(4.8)

(4.5)

It has not changed

75.9

(75.8)

(74.4)

It has worsened somewhat

18.9

(17.3)

(17.4)

It has worsened greatly

1.0

(1.4)

(2.4)

Don’t know

0.6

(0.4)

(0.9)

 

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

 

 

Oct.

(Sept.)

(Aug.)

They have stabilized

13.3

(13.0)

(13.7)

They will go up in the future

76.3

(74.0)

(74.3)

They will go down from now

3.0

(2.7)

(2.9)

Don’t know

7.3

(10.4)

(9.0)

 

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

 

 

Oct.

(Sept.)

(Aug.)

It has definitely improved

0.4

(0.4)

(0.2)

It has improved somewhat

7.0

(5.8)

(8.0)

It has remained the same

68.4

(68.5)

(66.7)

It has worsened somewhat

18.7

(19.1)

(17.0)

It has definitely worsened

1.5

(1.7)

(2.6)

Don’t know

4.0

(4.5)

(5.4)

 

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

 

 

Oct.

(Sept.)

(Aug.)

It will improve

7.0

(6.8)

(8.9)

It will remain the same

55.8

(57.3)

(53.3)

It will worsen

31.7

(29.4)

(30.7)

Don’t know

5.5

(6.6)

(7.1)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you like.

 

 

Oct.

(Sept.)

(Aug.)

United States of America

34.5

(37.3)

(36.4)

Russia

2.0

(3.3)

(2.4)

United Kingdom

36.2

(36.0)

(39.1)

France

35.9

(34.6)

(38.5)

Germany

29.9

(28.9)

(30.2)

Switzerland

38.8

(36.7)

(39.1)

India

5.9

(6.9)

(7.1)

China

2.2

(3.8)

(2.5)

South Korea

6.2

(6.9)

(5.6)

North Korea

0.1

(0.4)

(–)

None/Don’t know

20.5

(22.8)

(21.2)

             Simple total

212.2

(217.5)

(222.2)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you dislike.

 

 

Oct.

(Sept.)

(Aug.)

United States of America

8.6

(8.3)

(7.2)

Russia

19.3

(18.2)

(18.0)

United Kingdom

0.5

(0.8)

(0.4)

France

0.3

(0.5)

(0.7)

Germany

1.3

(1.4)

(1.1)

Switzerland

0.4

(0.7)

(0.3)

India

2.2

(4.0)

(3.3)

China

59.7

(57.5)

(60.2)

South Korea

33.4

(34.5)

(35.0)

North Korea

76.7

(80.7)

(79.4)

None/Don’t know

12.7

(11.9)

(14.1)

             Simple total

215.1

(218.5)

(219.6)

 

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.

 

 

Oct.

(Sept.)

(Aug.)

United States of America

74.4

(72.1)

(75.2)

Canada

3.4

(3.5)

(2.9)

Russia

20.4

(14.0)

(15.6)

Other FSU (former Soviet Union)

1.0

(1.5)

(1.0)

Europe

11.8

(13.9)

(11.9)

India

13.8

(15.3)

(13.0)

China

57.4

(57.0)

(56.0)

Taiwan

3.8

(5.5)

(5.9)

South Korea

13.2

(13.6)

(13.1)

North Korea

13.8

(14.0)

(15.7)

Southeast Asia 

14.9

(16.9)

(14.6)

Latin America

1.7

(1.9)

(1.5)

Middle East

3.9

(3.5)

(4.2)

Africa

3.1

(4.4)

(3.0)

Oceania

1.4

(1.8)

(1.5)

Don’t know

7.8

(7.7)

(8.5)

             Simple total

245.8

(246.7)

(243.7)

 

Polling methodology (October 2018): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of Oct. 5–8 through individual interviews. For the survey, a total of 2,000 people were sampled on a stratified two-stage random-sampling basis from among men and women, aged 18 and over across the nation. Valid responses were received from 1,251 people for a valid response rate of 62.6%.

 

Polling methodology (September 2018): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of Sept. 7–10 through individual interviews. For the survey, a total of 2,000 people were sampled on a stratified two-stage random-sampling basis from among men and women, aged 18 and over across the nation. Valid responses were received from 1,240 people for a valid response rate of 62.0%.

 

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%.

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