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OPINION POLLS

Highlights of May 2019 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll

  • June 1, 2019
  • , Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll Bulletin , [No. 1592] – pp. 8–10
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Questions & answers (%)

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted on April 5–8 (middle column) and the survey conducted on March 8–11, 2019 (right column).

 

Q: What feelings do you have about the new emperor? Select the one item from the following list that most closely reflects your sentiment. (The April poll concerned feelings about Emperor Heisei.)

 

 

May

(April)

Feelings of respect

27.5

(44.0)

Positive feelings

54.8

(39.5)

No feelings in particular

16.3

(15.5)

Feelings of hostility

0.3

(0.1)

Don’t know

1.1

(0.9)

 

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

 

 

May

(April)

It is very good

24.5

(23.9)

Good

64.4

(60.9)

Not very good

5.0

(8.5)

Not good

1.4

(1.9)

I don’t know what the new era name is

0.1

(0.2)

Don’t know

4.6

(4.8)

Good (total)

88.9

(84.8)

Not good (total)

6.4

(10.3)

 

Q: To date, era names have been selected from the Chinese classics. The new era name of “Reiwa,” however, was selected from Japanese writings for the first time as far as can be confirmed. Do you think it is good that the era name was selected from the Japanese classics?

 

 

May

Yes

85.8

No

1.1

Undecided + Don’t know

13.1

 

Q: This year Golden Week was for a maximum of 10 consecutive days from April 27 through May 6 because May 1 was made a national holiday with the accession to the Chrysanthemum Throne by the new emperor. How was this year’s Golden Week for you? Select one from the following list.

 

 

May

Very good

10.0

Good

34.2

Not very good

27.9

Not good

12.0

Undecided + Don’t know

15.8

Good (total)

44.3

Not good (total)

40.0

 

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

 

 

May

(April)

(March)

It has improved greatly

0.3

(0.3)

(0.5)

It has improved somewhat

5.7

(5.6)

(5.3)

It has not changed

74.1

(72.2)

(74.9)

It has worsened somewhat

17.1

(19.0)

(17.4)

It has worsened greatly

2.3

(2.1)

(1.7)

Don’t know

0.5

(0.8)

(0.2)

 

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

10.5

(10.4)

(11.6)

They will go up in the future

79.2

(79.5)

(77.8)

They will go down from now

3.0

(4.0)

(4.1)

Don’t know

7.2

(6.1)

(6.5)

 

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

0.2

(0.3)

(0.2)

It has improved somewhat

5.2

(4.9)

(4.4)

It has remained the same

65.1

(62.7)

(65.2)

It has worsened somewhat

23.2

(24.2)

(23.5)

It has definitely worsened

1.8

(2.2)

(2.4)

Don’t know

4.5

 (5.6)

(4.3)

 

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

 

 

May

(April)

(March)

It will improve

8.8

(9.3)

(8.4)

It will remain the same

53.3

(52.9)

(53.0)

It will worsen

31.3

(31.6)

(32.3)

Don’t know

6.7

(6.3)

(6.3)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you like.

 

 

May

(April)

(March)

United States of America

39.8

(38.2)

(40.6)

Russia

2.4

(2.0)

(2.1)

United Kingdom

34.3

(31.0)

(34.6)

France

30.9

(32.2)

(39.1)

Germany

33.0

(32.7)

(29.2)

Switzerland

38.7

(40.7)

(38.1)

India

5.5

(5.6)

(5.8)

China

2.0

(1.8)

(2.0)

South Korea

3.9

(5.5)

(4.3)

North Korea

0.1

(0.1)

(0.1)

None/Don’t know

22.9

(22.7)

(22.6)

             Simple total

213.5

(212.5)

(218.5)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you dislike.

 

 

May

(April)

(March)

United States of America

6.7

(5.0)

(3.8)

Russia

15.0

(14.2)

(16.3)

United Kingdom

0.7

(0.8)

(0.4)

France

0.3

(1.0)

(0.5)

Germany

0.7

(0.7)

(0.5)

Switzerland

0.1

(0.5)

(0.3)

India

2.2

(2.7)

(2.5)

China

57.6

(58.3)

(58.5)

South Korea

47.6

(48.6)

(50.1)

North Korea

78.4

(75.4)

(77.6)

None/Don’t know

12.2

(14.0)

(13.6)

             Simple total

221.7

(221.2)

(224.2)

 

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.

 

 

May

(April)

(March)

United States of America

75.4

(72.5)

(72.9)

Canada

2.9

(3.2)

(4.0)

Russia

17.0

(18.0)

(20.5)

Other FSU (former Soviet Union)

0.8

(0.9)

(1.0)

Europe

11.7

(12.0)

(11.9)

India

13.7

(14.2)

(15.0)

China

56.4

(52.6)

(52.8)

Taiwan

5.6

(5.8)

(4.9)

South Korea

14.9

(17.8)

(19.5)

North Korea

13.5

(10.2)

(12.0)

Southeast Asia 

17.2

(16.3)

(15.9)

Latin America

1.5

(1.3)

(1.6)

Middle East

4.1

(3.5)

(3.8)

Africa

2.9

(4.9)

(3.8)

Oceania

1.6

(0.8)

(1.7)

Don’t know

8.2

(9.7)

(8.0)

             Simple total

247.4

(243.8)

(249.3)

 

Polling methodology (May 2019): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of May 10–13 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 1,256 people for a valid response rate of 62.8%. Composition: men, 49.6%; women, 50.4%; age 18–29, 9.6%; 30–39, 13.8%; 40–49, 19.9%; 50–59, 19.0%; 60–69, 15.7%; age 70 and over, 22.1%.

 

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%.

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