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Highlights of April 2019 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll

  • May 1, 2019
  • , Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll Bulletin , [No. 1589] – pp. 8–11
  • JMH Translation

Questions & answers (%)

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted on March 8–11 (middle column) and the survey conducted on Feb. 8–11, 2019 (right column).

 

Q: What feelings do you have about the current emperor? Select the one item from the following list that most closely reflects your sentiment.

 

Feelings of respect

44.0

Positive feelings

39.5

No feelings in particular

15.5

Feelings of hostility

0.1

Don’t know

0.9

 

Q: The name of the new era has been announced. What do you think of the new era name? Select one from the following list.

 

It is very good

23.9

Good

60.9

Not very good

8.5

Not good

1.9

I don’t know what the new era name is

0.2

Don’t know

4.8

Good (total)

84.8

Not good (total)

10.3

 

Q: To ensure stable succession to the Chrysanthemum Throne, some say that female members of the Imperial family should be allowed to remain in the family after getting married and to establish Imperial family branches. Are you in favor or opposed to the establishment of Imperial family branches?

 

In favor

69.7

Opposed

10.3

Undecided + Don’t know

20.0

 

Q: At present, Imperial succession is limited to males in the male line. Do you think succession should be broadened to allow female members of the Imperial family and descendants in its female line to ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne?

 

Imperial succession should be broadened

69.8

It should not be broadened

11.2

Undecided + Don’t know

19.0

 

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

 

 

April

(March)

(Feb.)

It has improved greatly

0.3

(0.5)

(0.4)

It has improved somewhat

5.6

(5.3)

(5.2)

It has not changed

72.2

(74.9)

(72.6)

It has worsened somewhat

19.0

(17.4)

(19.5)

It has worsened greatly

2.1

(1.7)

(2.1)

Don’t know

0.8

(0.2)

(0.2)

 

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

 

 

April

(March)

(Feb.)

They have stabilized

10.4

(11.6)

(11.4)

They will go up in the future

79.5

(77.8)

(78.3)

They will go down from now

4.0

(4.1)

(3.3)

Don’t know

6.1

(6.5)

(7.0)

 

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

 

 

April

(March)

(Feb.)

It has definitely improved

0.3

(0.2)

(0.2)

It has improved somewhat

4.9

(4.4)

(4.1)

It has remained the same

62.7

(65.2)

(65.8)

It has worsened somewhat

24.2

(23.5)

(22.8)

It has definitely worsened

2.2

(2.4)

(2.6)

Don’t know

5.6

(4.3)

(4.4)

 

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

 

 

April

(March)

(Feb.)

It will improve

9.3

(8.4)

(8.8)

It will remain the same

52.9

(53.0)

(51.0)

It will worsen

31.6

(32.3)

(34.9)

Don’t know

6.3

(6.3)

(5.3)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you like.

 

 

April

(March)

(Feb.)

United States of America

38.2

(40.6)

(38.4)

Russia

2.0

(2.1)

(2.5)

United Kingdom

31.0

(34.6)

(38.2)

France

32.2

(39.1)

(35.7)

Germany

32.7

(29.2)

(35.2)

Switzerland

40.7

(38.1)

(40.8)

India

5.6

(5.8)

(6.6)

China

1.8

(2.0)

(1.0)

South Korea

5.5

(4.3)

(4.3)

North Korea

0.1

(0.1)

(–)

None/Don’t know

22.7

(22.6)

(20.0)

             Simple total

212.5

(218.5)

(222.8)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you dislike.

 

 

April

(March)

(Feb.)

United States of America

5.0

(3.8)

(6.8)

Russia

14.2

(16.3)

(18.3)

United Kingdom

0.8

(0.4)

(0.7)

France

1.0

(0.5)

(0.6)

Germany

0.7

(0.5)

(0.6)

Switzerland

0.5

(0.3)

(0.2)

India

2.7

(2.5)

(1.9)

China

58.3

(58.5)

(62.3)

South Korea

48.6

(50.1)

(52.0)

North Korea

75.4

(77.6)

(77.9)

None/Don’t know

14.0

(13.6)

(12.1)

             Simple total

221.2

(224.2)

(233.4)

 

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.

 

 

April

(March)

(Feb.)

United States of America

72.5

(72.9)

(72.4)

Canada

3.2

(4.0)

(3.5)

Russia

18.0

(20.5)

(23.1)

Other FSU (former Soviet Union)

0.9

(1.0)

(0.9)

Europe

12.0

(11.9)

(15.2)

India

14.2

(15.0)

(12.8)

China

52.6

(52.8)

(56.3)

Taiwan

5.8

(4.9)

(5.2)

South Korea

17.8

(19.5)

(19.3)

North Korea

10.2

(12.0)

(9.7)

Southeast Asia 

16.3

(15.9)

(14.9)

Latin America

1.3

(1.6)

(1.6)

Middle East

3.5

(3.8)

(2.9)

Africa

4.9

(3.8)

(3.3)

Oceania

0.8

(1.7)

(1.6)

Don’t know

9.7

(8.0)

(7.8)

             Simple total

243.8

(249.3)

(250.5)

 

Polling methodology (April 2019): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of April 5–8, 2019, 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 1,242 people for a valid response rate of 62.1%. Composition: men, 50.2%; women, 49.8%; age 18–29, 10.4%; 30–39, 13.4%; 40–49, 18.6%; 50–59, 17.4%; 60–69, 16.3%; age 70 and over, 24.0%.

 

Polling methodology (March 2019): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of March 8–11 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 1,223 people for a valid response rate of 61.2%. Composition: men, 52.0%; women, 48.0%; age 18–29, 8.7%; 30–39, 16.0%; 40–49, 18.7%; 50–59, 18.0%; 60–69, 16.2%; age 70 and over, 22.4%.

 

Polling methodology (February 2019): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of Feb. 8–11 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 1,221 people for a valid response rate of 61.1%. Composition: men, 50.9%; women, 49.1%; age 18–29, 9.2%; 30–39, 15.0%; 40–49, 18.9%; 50–59, 17.3%; 60–69, 16.7%; age 70 and over, 22.9%.

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