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Highlights of July 2019 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll

  • August 1, 2019
  • , Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll Bulletin , [No. 1598] – pp. 7–10
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Questions & answers (%)

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted on June 7–10 (middle column) and the survey conducted on May 10–13, 2019 (right column).  

 

Q: The Financial System Council of the Financial Services Agency released a report that estimated a couple will need savings of 20 million yen [in addition to their pension benefits] in order to cover their expenses after retirement. Minister of State for Financial Services Taro Aso refused to accept the report, saying that it differs from the government’s view. Do you think that Minister Aso’s handling of the report is appropriate?

 

Yes

13.0

No

62.1

Undecided + Don’t know

24.9

 

Q: Do you trust the public pension system, including the national pension and the employees’ pension?

 

Yes

29.3

No

52.4

Undecided + Don’t know

18.3

 

Q: Are you in favor of or opposed to advancing debate about constitutional amendment after the Upper House election?

 

In favor

41.2

Opposed

26.3

Undecided + Don’t know

32.6

 

Q: This question concerns the timing of the next Lower House election. The term of the current Lower House members ends on Oct. 21, 2021. Prime Minister Abe’s term as Liberal Democratic Party President ends prior to that at the end of September 2021. Do you think that the Lower House should be dissolved during the Abe administration?

 

Yes

27.2

No

33.1

Undecided + Don’t know

39.7

 

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

 

 

July

(June)

(May)

It has improved greatly

0.5

(0.5)

(0.3)

It has improved somewhat

5.2

(3.5)

(5.7)

It has not changed

75.7

(74.2)

(74.1)

It has worsened somewhat

15.6

(19.9)

(17.1)

It has worsened greatly

2.4

(1.7)

(2.3)

Don’t know

0.6

(0.2)

(0.5)

 

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

 

 

July

(June)

(May)

They have stabilized

11.2

(9.0)

(10.5)

They will go up in the future

75.7

(79.9)

(79.2)

They will go down from now

3.6

(3.9)

(3.0)

Don’t know

9.5

(7.2)

(7.2)

 

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

 

 

July

(June)

(May)

It has definitely improved

0.1

(0.1)

(0.2)

It has improved somewhat

3.7

(4.3)

(5.2)

It has remained the same

64.0

(59.6)

(65.1)

It has worsened somewhat

24.1

(27.3)

(23.2)

It has definitely worsened

2.6

(3.7)

(1.8)

Don’t know

5.5

(4.9)

(4.5)

 

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

 

 

July

(June)

(May)

It will improve

8.1

(8.4)

(8.8)

It will remain the same

49.4

(46.5)

(53.3)

It will worsen

35.8

(37.8)

(31.3)

Don’t know

6.7

(7.3)

(6.7)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you like.

 

 

July

(June)

(May)

United States of America

40.7

(43.9)

(39.8)

Russia

2.3

(2.2)

(2.4)

United Kingdom

35.3

(38.6)

(34.3)

France

34.4

(34.7)

(30.9)

Germany

29.7

(32.3)

(33.0)

Switzerland

36.5

(36.8)

(38.7)

India

5.8

(6.2)

(5.5)

China

1.8

(1.7)

(2.0)

South Korea

4.3

(4.9)

(3.9)

North Korea

(–)

(0.1)

None/Don’t know

22.9

(20.6)

(22.9)

             Simple total

213.7

(221.8)

(213.5)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you dislike.

 

 

July

(June)

(May)

United States of America

6.2

(5.2)

(6.7)

Russia

16.1

(16.8)

(15.0)

United Kingdom

0.5

(0.4)

(0.7)

France

0.4

(0.6)

(0.3)

Germany

0.5

(1.0)

(0.7)

Switzerland

0.2

(–)

(0.1)

India

2.2

(2.7)

(2.2)

China

57.9

(62.5)

(57.6)

South Korea

49.1

(46.9)

(47.6)

North Korea

74.0

(76.2)

(78.4)

None/Don’t know

14.7

(13.5)

(12.2)

             Simple total

221.8

(225.8)

(221.7)

 

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.

 

 

July

(June)

(May)

United States of America

74.7

(79.4)

(75.4)

Canada

2.8

(2.9)

(2.9)

Russia

15.9

(18.2)

(17.0)

Other FSU (former Soviet Union)

0.7

(0.6)

(0.8)

Europe

11.5

(12.7)

(11.7)

India

13.6

(15.1)

(13.7)

China

56.3

(55.8)

(56.4)

Taiwan

5.5

(6.5)

(5.6)

South Korea

19.3

(14.2)

(14.9)

North Korea

10.9

(11.3)

(13.5)

Southeast Asia 

16.3

(16.5)

(17.2)

Latin America

1.2

(1.6)

(1.5)

Middle East

4.9

(3.8)

(4.1)

Africa

2.6

(2.7)

(2.9)

Oceania

1.7

(1.3)

(1.6)

Don’t know

7.6

(6.7)

(8.2)

             Simple total

245.5

(249.2)

(247.4)

 

Polling methodology (July 2019): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of July 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 1,234 people for a valid response rate of 61.7%. Composition: men, 51.3%; women, 48.7%; age 18–29, 8.6%; 30–39, 14.7%; 40–49, 18.2%; 50–59, 19.0%; 60–69, 14.6%; age 70 and over, 24.9%.

 

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%.

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