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Highlights of June 2019 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll

Questions & answers (%)

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted on May 10–13 (middle column) and the survey conducted on April 5–8, 2019 (right column).   

 

Q: Are you in favor of or opposed to holding a double election, namely, holding a Lower House election on the same day as the Upper House election this summer? Select one from the following list.

 

In favor

19.5

Generally in favor

26.4

Generally opposed

17.6

Opposed

14.7

Undecided + Don’t know

21.8

In favor (total)

45.9

Opposed (total)

32.4

 

Q: Are you in favor of or opposed to the raising of the consumption tax to 10%, which is scheduled for October this year? Select one from the following list.

 

In favor

13.8

Generally in favor

25.3

Generally opposed

22.7

Opposed

32.4

Undecided + Don’t know

5.9

In favor (total)

39.0

Opposed (total)

55.1

 

Q: What is your tangible sense of the current state of the Japanese economy? Select one from the following list.

 

Good

1.2

Generally good

23.7

Generally bad

53.1

Bad

13.5

Don’t know

8.4

Good (total)

24.9

Bad (total)

66.6

 

Q: Are you in favor of or opposed to the Osaka Metropolis Plan, which aims to reorganize Osaka City into a metropolitan government system similar to Tokyo’s?

 

In favor

14.5

Generally in favor

24.4

Generally opposed

15.5

Opposed

8.1

Undecided + Don’t know

37.5

In favor (total)

38.9

Opposed (total)

23.7

 

Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has indicated a desire to hold a summit with North Korea without such preconditions as first making progress on the abductions issue. Are you in favor of or opposed to a Japan-North Korea summit being held without preconditions? Select one from the following list.

 

In favor

17.2

Generally in favor

21.7

Generally opposed

22.3

Opposed

22.3

Undecided + Don’t know

16.5

In favor (total)

38.9

Opposed (total)

44.6

 

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

 

 

June

(May)

(April)

It has improved greatly

0.5

(0.3)

(0.3)

It has improved somewhat

3.5

(5.7)

(5.6)

It has not changed

74.2

(74.1)

(72.2)

It has worsened somewhat

19.9

(17.1)

(19.0)

It has worsened greatly

1.7

(2.3)

(2.1)

Don’t know

0.2

(0.5)

(0.8)

 

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

9.0

(10.5)

(10.4)

They will go up in the future

79.9

(79.2)

(79.5)

They will go down from now

3.9

(3.0)

(4.0)

Don’t know

7.2

(7.2)

(6.1)

 

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

0.1

(0.2)

(0.3)

It has improved somewhat

4.3

(5.2)

(4.9)

It has remained the same

59.6

(65.1)

(62.7)

It has worsened somewhat

27.3

(23.2)

(24.2)

It has definitely worsened

3.7

(1.8)

(2.2)

Don’t know

4.9

(4.5)

 (5.6)

 

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

 

 

June

(May)

(April)

It will improve

8.4

(8.8)

(9.3)

It will remain the same

46.5

(53.3)

(52.9)

It will worsen

37.8

(31.3)

(31.6)

Don’t know

7.3

(6.7)

(6.3)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you like.

 

 

June

(May)

(April)

United States of America

43.9

(39.8)

(38.2)

Russia

2.2

(2.4)

(2.0)

United Kingdom

38.6

(34.3)

(31.0)

France

34.7

(30.9)

(32.2)

Germany

32.3

(33.0)

(32.7)

Switzerland

36.8

(38.7)

(40.7)

India

6.2

(5.5)

(5.6)

China

1.7

(2.0)

(1.8)

South Korea

4.9

(3.9)

(5.5)

North Korea

(0.1)

(0.1)

None/Don’t know

20.6

(22.9)

(22.7)

             Simple total

221.8

(213.5)

(212.5)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you dislike.

 

 

June

(May)

(April)

United States of America

5.2

(6.7)

(5.0)

Russia

16.8

(15.0)

(14.2)

United Kingdom

0.4

(0.7)

(0.8)

France

0.6

(0.3)

(1.0)

Germany

1.0

(0.7)

(0.7)

Switzerland

(0.1)

(0.5)

India

2.7

(2.2)

(2.7)

China

62.5

(57.6)

(58.3)

South Korea

46.9

(47.6)

(48.6)

North Korea

76.2

(78.4)

(75.4)

None/Don’t know

13.5

(12.2)

(14.0)

             Simple total

225.8

(221.7)

(221.2)

 

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.

 

 

June

(May)

(April)

United States of America

79.4

(75.4)

(72.5)

Canada

2.9

(2.9)

(3.2)

Russia

18.2

(17.0)

(18.0)

Other FSU (former Soviet Union)

0.6

(0.8)

(0.9)

Europe

12.7

(11.7)

(12.0)

India

15.1

(13.7)

(14.2)

China

55.8

(56.4)

(52.6)

Taiwan

6.5

(5.6)

(5.8)

South Korea

14.2

(14.9)

(17.8)

North Korea

11.3

(13.5)

(10.2)

Southeast Asia 

16.5

(17.2)

(16.3)

Latin America

1.6

(1.5)

(1.3)

Middle East

3.8

(4.1)

(3.5)

Africa

2.7

(2.9)

(4.9)

Oceania

1.3

(1.6)

(0.8)

Don’t know

6.7

(8.2)

(9.7)

             Simple total

249.2

(247.4)

(243.8)

 

Polling methodology (June 2019): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of June 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 1,255 people for a valid response rate of 62.8%. Composition: men, 52.4%; women, 47.6%; age 18–29, 10.4%; 30–39, 15.7%; 40–49, 18.9%; 50–59, 16.9%; 60–69, 16.6%; age 70 and over, 21.5%.

 

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%.

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