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OPINION POLLS

Highlights of August 2019 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll

Questions & answers (%)

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted on July 5–8 (middle column) and the survey conducted on June 7–10, 2019 (right column).  

 

Q: The current term limit for the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president is three consecutive terms. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s term as party president will end in about two years in September 2021. Are you in favor of or opposed to the LDP revising its rules to allow Abe to serve a fourth term as LDP president?

 

In favor

27.7

Opposed

49.5

Undecided + Don’t know

22.8

 

Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aims to amend the Constitution during his tenure. Are you in favor of or opposed to constitutional amendment under the Abe administration?

 

In favor

32.1

Opposed

41.3

Undecided + Don’t know

26.7

(In the previous poll, 41.2% said they are in favor of advancing debate on constitutional amendment after the July Upper House election.)

 

Q: The ruling and opposition parties have raised various issues related to constitutional amendment. The LDP’s draft constitutional amendments include explicitly stating the existence of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) in Article 9 of the Constitution. Are you in favor of or opposed to explicitly stating the existence of the SDF in Article 9?

 

In favor

35.3

Opposed

36.1

Undecided + Don’t know

28.6

 

  • Q: (To those who answered “in favor” to the previous question) Do you think the revision of Article 9 should be included in the first set of draft amendments proposed by the Diet? Select the item closer to your own view.

 

Yes, the revision of Article 9 should be included in the first set of draft amendments proposed by the Diet

57.5

No, it is not necessary to insist that the revision of Article 9 be included in the first set of draft amendments proposed by the Diet

37.3

Undecided + Don’t know

5.2

 

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

 

 

Aug.

(July)

(June)

It has improved greatly

0.1

(0.5)

(0.5)

It has improved somewhat

4.6

(5.2)

(3.5)

It has not changed

74.8

(75.7)

(74.2)

It has worsened somewhat

17.2

(15.6)

(19.9)

It has worsened greatly

3.2

(2.4)

(1.7)

Don’t know

0.2

(0.6)

(0.2)

 

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

 

 

Aug.

(July)

(June)

They have stabilized

9.5

(11.2)

(9.0)

They will go up in the future

80.6

(75.7)

(79.9)

They will go down from now

3.7

(3.6)

(3.9)

Don’t know

6.3

(9.5)

(7.2)

 

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

 

 

Aug.

(July)

(June)

It has definitely improved

0.1

(0.1)

(0.1)

It has improved somewhat

3.8

(3.7)

(4.3)

It has remained the same

61.4

(64.0)

(59.6)

It has worsened somewhat

26.4

(24.1)

(27.3)

It has definitely worsened

3.5

(2.6)

(3.7)

Don’t know

4.7

(5.5)

(4.9)

 

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

 

 

Aug.

(July)

(June)

It will improve

7.5

(8.1)

(8.4)

It will remain the same

51.4

(49.4)

(46.5)

It will worsen

34.4

(35.8)

(37.8)

Don’t know

6.8

(6.7)

(7.3)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you like.

 

 

Aug.

(July)

(June)

United States of America

37.4

(40.7)

(43.9)

Russia

1.5

(2.3)

(2.2)

United Kingdom

35.4

(35.3)

(38.6)

France

32.8

(34.4)

(34.7)

Germany

30.9

(29.7)

(32.3)

Switzerland

39.8

(36.5)

(36.8)

India

8.1

(5.8))

(6.2)

China

2.0

(1.8)

(1.7)

South Korea

3.3

(4.3)

(4.9)

North Korea

0.2

(–)

(–)

None/Don’t know

21.9

(22.9)

(20.6)

             Simple total

213.3

(213.7)

(221.8)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you dislike.

 

 

Aug.

(July)

(June)

United States of America

6.8

(6.2)

(5.2)

Russia

14.2

(16.1)

(16.8)

United Kingdom

0.5

(0.5)

(0.4)

France

0.4

(0.4)

(0.6)

Germany

1.0

(0.5)

(1.0)

Switzerland

0.2

(0.2)

(–)

India

1.9

(2.2)

(2.7)

China

56.7

(57.9)

(62.5)

South Korea

55.8

(49.1)

(46.9)

North Korea

76.4

(74.0)

(76.2)

None/Don’t know

12.1

(14.7)

(13.5)

             Simple total

225.9

(221.8)

(225.8)

 

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.

 

 

Aug.

(July)

(June)

United States of America

74.9

(74.7)

(79.4)

Canada

3.4

(2.8)

(2.9)

Russia

14.9

(15.9)

(18.2)

Other FSU (former Soviet Union)

0.8

(0.7)

(0.6)

Europe

10.6

(11.5)

(12.7)

India

13.0

(13.6)

(15.1)

China

50.4

(56.3)

(55.8)

Taiwan

7.0

(5.5)

(6.5)

South Korea

22.3

(19.3)

(14.2)

North Korea

9.5

(10.9)

(11.3)

Southeast Asia 

19.1

(16.3)

(16.5)

Latin America

1.6

(1.2)

(1.6)

Middle East

5.8

(4.9)

(3.8)

Africa

3.2

(2.6)

(2.7)

Oceania

1.1

(1.7)

(1.3)

Don’t know

8.1

(7.6)

(6.7)

             Simple total

245.5

(245.5)

(249.2)

 

Polling methodology (August 2019): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of Aug. 9–12 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 1,248 people for a valid response rate of 62.4%. Composition: men, 51.8%; women, 48.2%; age 18–29, 9.0%; 30–39, 14.1%; 40–49, 17.5%; 50–59, 17.1%; 60–69, 17.5%; age 70 and over, 24.8%.

 

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%.

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