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Highlights of October 2019 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll

  • November 1, 2019
  • , Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll Bulletin , [No. 1607] – pp. 8–11
  • JMH Translation

Questions & answers (%)

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted on Sept. 6–9 (middle column) and the survey conducted on Aug. 9–12, 2019 (right column).  

 

Q: Recently Japan and the United States reached a final agreement on a trade pact. Do you approve of the content of the Japan-U.S. trade pact?

 

Yes

29.3

No

30.9

Undecided + Don’t know

39.8

 

Q: This question concerns integrated resorts (IR) that have casinos. Are you in favor of or opposed to creating IRs in Japan?

 

In favor

26.6

Opposed

57.9

Undecided + Don’t know

15.5

 

  • Q: (Only to those who answered “in favor” to the previous question) Would you back the establishment of an IR in the municipality where you live or in areas that you frequent regularly?

 

In favor

62.8

Opposed

29.0

Undecided + Don’t know

8.2

 

Q: Who do you think would be appropriate to serve as the next prime minister? Select only one from the following list.

 

Shinzo Abe (Liberal Democratic Party of Japan [LDP])

10.3

Shigeru Ishiba (LDP)

15.8

Fumio Kishida (LDP)

7.5

Yoshihide Suga (LDP)

8.0

Taro Kono (LDP)

5.7

Toshimitsu Motegi (LDP)

1.7

Katsunobu Kato (LDP)

0.1

Shinjiro Koizumi (LDP)

18.8

Taro Aso (LDP)

0.4

Seiko Noda (LDP)

1.0

Yukio Edano (Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan [CDPJ])

3.4

Yuichiro Tamaki (Democratic Party for the People [DPFP])

0.2

Ichiro Ozawa (DPFP)

0.4

Natsuo Yamaguchi (Komeito)

1.5

Kazuo Shii (Japanese Communist Party)

0.7

Taro Yamamoto (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1.6

Other

0.9

Don’t know

22.1

 

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

 

 

Oct.

(Sept.)

(Aug.)

It has improved greatly

0.2

(0.6)

(0.1)

It has improved somewhat

4.4

(3.5)

(4.6)

It has not changed

73.9

(75.1)

(74.8)

It has worsened somewhat

18.3

(18.3)

(17.2)

It has worsened greatly

2.7

(2.2)

(3.2)

Don’t know

0.5

(0.2)

(0.2)

 

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

 

 

Oct.

(Sept.)

(Aug.)

They have stabilized

11.3

(9.2)

(9.5)

They will go up in the future

76.8

(80.2)

(80.6)

They will go down from now

4.0

(4.3)

(3.7)

Don’t know

7.9

(6.3)

(6.3)

 

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

 

 

Oct.

(Sept.)

(Aug.)

It has definitely improved

0.2

(–)

(0.1)

It has improved somewhat

3.5

(2.9)

(3.8)

It has remained the same

55.7

(64.1)

(61.4)

It has worsened somewhat

32.6

(26.6)

(26.4)

It has definitely worsened

3.4

(2.7)

(3.5)

Don’t know

4.7

(3.8)

(4.7)

 

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

 

 

Oct.

(Sept.)

(Aug.)

It will improve

5.6

(6.7)

(7.5)

It will remain the same

53.5

(51.1)

(51.4)

It will worsen

35.0

(36.9)

(34.4)

Don’t know

5.9

(5.4)

(6.8)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you like.

 

 

Oct.

(Sept.)

(Aug.)

United States of America

40.4

(40.0)

(37.4)

Russia

3.1

(1.9)

(1.5)

United Kingdom

36.7

(32.0)

(35.4)

France

34.2

(32.3)

(32.8)

Germany

31.0

(29.2)

(30.9)

Switzerland

37.2

(38.7)

(39.8)

India

8.1

(6.8)

(8.1)

China

1.0

(1.6)

(2.0)

South Korea

3.9

(3.9)

(3.3)

North Korea

0.2

(0.1)

(0.2)

None/Don’t know

21.0

(22.9)

(21.9)

             Simple total

216.8

(209.5)

(213.3)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you dislike.

 

 

Oct.

(Sept.)

(Aug.)

United States of America

5.5

(5.2)

(6.8)

Russia

13.6

(15.6)

(14.2)

United Kingdom

0.6

(1.0)

(0.5)

France

0.4

(0.5)

(0.4)

Germany

0.8

(0.2)

(1.0)

Switzerland

0.4

(0.3)

(0.2)

India

2.3

(2.6)

(1.9)

China

57.7

(55.3)

(56.7)

South Korea

54.7

(54.8)

(55.8)

North Korea

74.1

(73.7)

(76.4)

None/Don’t know

14.3

(14.1)

(12.1)

             Simple total

224.4

(223.3)

(225.9)

 

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.

 

 

Oct.

(Sept.)

(Aug.)

United States of America

72.3

(74.5)

(74.9)

Canada

4.5

(2.7)

(3.4)

Russia

13.5

(16.1)

(14.9)

Other FSU (former Soviet Union)

0.3

(0.8)

(0.8)

Europe

12.7

(11.3)

(10.6)

India

17.3

(16.6)

 (13.0)

China

52.3

(48.1)

 (50.4)

Taiwan

6.0

(7.2)

(7.0)

South Korea

22.6

(25.1)

(22.3)

North Korea

8.8

(8.0)

(9.5)

Southeast Asia 

14.3

(14.7)

(19.1)

Latin America

1.9

(1.4)

(1.6)

Middle East

5.2

(4.3)

(5.8)

Africa

5.1

(7.1)

(3.2)

Oceania

2.3

(1.2)

(1.1)

Don’t know

8.5

(8.4)

(8.1)

             Simple total

247.7

(247.4)

(245.5)

 

Polling methodology (October 2019): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of Oct. 11–14 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 1,244 people for a valid response rate of 62.2%. Composition: men, 51.6%; women, 48.4%; age 18–29, 9.4%; 30–39, 13.3%; 40–49, 19.8%; 50–59, 16.6%; 60–69, 15.1%; age 70 and over, 25.9%.

 

Polling methodology (September 2019): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of Sept. 6–9 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 1,245 people for a valid response rate of 62.3%. Composition: men, 50.3%; women, 49.7%; age 18–29, 8.1%; 30–39, 14.1%; 40–49, 18.6%; 50–59, 17.2%; 60–69, 17.4%; age 70 and over, 24.7%.

 

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%.

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