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Highlights of November 2019 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll

  • December 1, 2019
  • , Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll Bulletin , [No. 1610] – pp. 8–11
  • JMH Translation

Questions & answers (%)

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted on Oct. 11–14 (middle column) and the survey conducted on Sept. 6–9, 2019 (right column).  

 

Q: On the occasion of the “Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi” enthronement proclamation ceremony, pardons were granted in criminal cases where the person was sentenced to pay a fine and three or more years had passed since the payment of the fine. Do you approve of these pardons?

 

Yes

23.2

No

48.4

Undecided + Don’t know

28.4

 

Q: Pardons were also granted to those sentenced to pay a fine for violating the Public Offices Election Act. Are you in favor or opposed to violators of the Public Offices Election Act being granted pardon?

 

In favor

16.5

Opposed

59.5

Undecided + Don’t know

24.0

 

Q: The practice of granting pardons is based on the Constitution, but some say that it is an anachronism. Do you think the practice of granting pardons should be continued?

 

Yes

19.2

No

55.6

Undecided + Don’t know

25.2

 

Q: This question concerns the stable succession to the Chrysanthemum Throne. Select the item below that is closest to your thinking about Japan’s current imperial succession system, which allows only male descendants in the family’s paternal line to ascend the throne.

 

The current system should be maintained

18.5

It is not necessary to keep the current system as it is

76.1

Don’t know

5.4

 

  • Q: (Only to those who answered “It is not necessary to keep the current system as it is” to the previous question) If the current system were to be reviewed, how do you think it should be reviewed? Select the item below that is closest to your thinking.

 

There is no need to stick to the paternal-line rule [i.e., female-line emperors should be allowed]

94.6

The paternal-line rule should be continued [i.e., female emperors should be allowed but female-line emperors should not be]

4.3

Don’t know

1.1

(In the “survey on the imperial family” conducted in December 2018, 66.6% of respondents said they are “in favor of allowing women to be emperor.”)

 

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

 

 

Nov.

(Oct.)

(Sept.)

It has improved greatly

0.6

(0.2)

(0.6)

It has improved somewhat

4.1

(4.4)

(3.5)

It has not changed

72.4

(73.9)

(75.1)

It has worsened somewhat

20.3

(18.3)

(18.3)

It has worsened greatly

2.1

(2.7)

(2.2)

Don’t know

0.4

(0.5)

(0.2)

 

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

 

 

Nov.

(Oct.)

(Sept.)

They have stabilized

12.0

(11.3)

(9.2)

They will go up in the future

75.1

(76.8)

(80.2)

They will go down from now

4.5

(4.0)

(4.3)

Don’t know

8.4

(7.9)

(6.3)

 

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

 

 

Nov.

(Oct.)

(Sept.)

It has definitely improved

0.3

(0.2)

(-)

It has improved somewhat

3.5

(3.5)

(2.9)

It has remained the same

59.4

(55.7)

(64.1)

It has worsened somewhat

27.2

(32.6)

(26.6)

It has definitely worsened

3.5

(3.4)

(2.7)

Don’t know

6.0

(4.7)

(3.8)

 

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

 

 

Nov.

(Oct.)

(Sept.)

It will improve

8.1

(5.6)

(6.7)

It will remain the same

50.1

(53.5)

(51.1)

It will worsen

36.3

(35.0)

(36.9)

Don’t know

5.5

(5.9)

(5.4)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you like.

 

 

Nov.

(Oct.)

(Sept.)

United States of America

40.1

(40.4)

(40.0)

Russia

1.9

(3.1)

(1.9)

United Kingdom

34.8

(36.7)

(32.0)

France

34.5

(34.2)

(32.3)

Germany

29.0

(31.0)

(29.2)

Switzerland

35.0

(37.2)

(38.7)

India

6.4

(8.1)

(6.8)

China

2.2

(1.0)

(1.6)

South Korea

3.9

(3.9)

(3.9)

North Korea

(0.2)

(0.1)

None/Don’t know

23.8

(21.0)

(22.9)

             Simple total

211.7

(216.8)

(209.5)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you dislike.

 

 

Nov.

(Oct.)

(Sept.)

United States of America

5.2

(5.5)

(5.2)

Russia

12.8

(13.6)

(15.6)

United Kingdom

0.9

(0.6)

(1.0)

France

0.6

(0.4)

(0.5)

Germany

0.6

(0.8)

(0.2)

Switzerland

0.4

(0.4)

(0.3)

India

2.0

(2.3)

(2.6)

China

52.1

(57.7)

(55.3)

South Korea

50.8

(54.7)

(54.8)

North Korea

76.2

(74.1)

(73.7)

None/Don’t know

14.3

(14.3)

(14.1)

             Simple total

215.9

(224.4)

(223.3)

 

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.

 

 

Nov.

(Oct.)

(Sept.)

United States of America

73.6

(72.3)

(74.5)

Canada

2.2

(4.5)

(2.7)

Russia

10.3

(13.5)

(16.1)

Other FSU (former Soviet Union)

0.6

(0.3)

(0.8)

Europe

12.9

(12.7)

(11.3)

India

15.7

(17.3)

(16.6)

China

54.1

(52.3)

(48.1)

Taiwan

6.0

(6.0)

(7.2)

South Korea

25.0

(22.6)

(25.1)

North Korea

8.1

(8.8)

(8.0)

Southeast Asia 

15.7

(14.3)

(14.7)

Latin America

1.7

(1.9)

(1.4)

Middle East

4.4

(5.2)

(4.3)

Africa

3.9

(5.1)

(7.1)

Oceania

0.4

(2.3)

(1.2)

Don’t know

9.2

(8.5)

(8.4)

             Simple total

243.8

(247.7)

(247.4)

 

Polling methodology (November 2019): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of Nov. 8–11 through individual interviews. For the survey, a total of 1,986 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 1,241 people for a valid response rate of 62.5%. Composition: men, 51.5%; women, 48.5%; age 18–29, 9.3%; 30–39, 13.9%; 40–49, 17.4%; 50–59, 16.4%; 60–69, 16.0%; age 70 and over, 26.9%.

 

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%.

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