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Highlights of December 2019 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll

  • January 1, 2020
  • , Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll Bulletin , [No. 1613] – pp. 8–11
  • JMH Translation

Questions & answers (%)

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted on Nov. 8–11 (middle column) and the survey conducted on Oct. 11–14, 2019 (right column).  

 

Q: The next two questions concern the reform of the standardized university entrance exam. Private-sector English tests were scheduled to be introduced in the new exam to be launched in fiscal 2020, but the government has decided to postpone that move. Do you approve of this government decision?

 

Yes

50.7

No

14.7

Undecided + Don’t know

34.6

 

Q: Questions requiring examinees to write essays and numerical formulas are scheduled to be introduced in the Japanese and mathematics portions of the test, but some are calling for this to be canceled because of the difficulty of ensuring fair grading. Are you in favor of or opposed to the introduction of such questions in the exam?

 

In favor

29.7

Opposed

34.0

Undecided + Don’t know

36.3

 

Q: The government has decided to cancel next fiscal year’s cherry blossom viewing party hosted by the prime minister. Some criticize the gathering saying it has been appropriated by Prime Minister Abe for personal benefit. Are you in favor of or opposed to the government decision?

 

In favor

73.3

Opposed

13.0

Undecided + Don’t know

13.7

 

Q: Some say that the cherry blossom viewing party should not just be canceled next fiscal year but should be completely abolished. Do you think that the cherry blossom viewing party should be discontinued?

 

It should be discontinued

60.2

There is no need for it to be discontinued

22.6

Undecided + Don’t know

17.2

 

Q: In November, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe became Japan’s longest-serving prime minister. Do you think the Abe administration is appropriate to be Japan’s longest-serving administration?

 

Yes

29.0

No

37.5

Undecided + Don’t know

33.5

 

Q: The Abe administration is being called out for having become lax due to its long time in office. Do you think the current Abe administration is lax?

 

Yes

68.6

No

14.2

Undecided + Don’t know

17.2

 

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

 

 

Dec.

(Nov.)

(Oct.)

It has improved greatly

0.2

(0.6)

(0.2)

It has improved somewhat

4.9

(4.1)

(4.4)

It has not changed

72.9

(72.4)

(73.9)

It has worsened somewhat

19.5

(20.3)

(18.3)

It has worsened greatly

2.1

(2.1)

(2.7)

Don’t know

0.5

(0.4)

(0.5)

 

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

 

 

Dec.

(Nov.)

(Oct.)

They have stabilized

12.1

(12.0)

(11.3)

They will go up in the future

75.2

(75.1)

(76.8)

They will go down from now

3.7

(4.5)

(4.0)

Don’t know

9.1

(8.4)

(7.9)

 

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

 

 

Dec.

(Nov.)

(Oct.)

It has definitely improved

0.1

(0.3)

(0.2)

It has improved somewhat

4.1

(3.5)

(3.5)

It has remained the same

59.9

(59.4)

(55.7)

It has worsened somewhat

28.4

(27.2)

(32.6)

It has definitely worsened

2.9

(3.5)

(3.4)

Don’t know

4.6

(6.0)

(4.7)

 

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

 

 

Dec.

(Nov.)

(Oct.)

It will improve

5.6

(8.1)

(5.6)

It will remain the same

53.6

(50.1)

(53.5)

It will worsen

34.8

(36.3)

(35.0)

Don’t know

6.0

(5.5)

(5.9)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you like.

 

 

Dec.

(Nov.)

(Oct.)

United States of America

37.5

(40.1)

(40.4)

Russia

2.4

(1.9)

(3.1)

United Kingdom

35.0

(34.8)

(36.7)

France

31.7

(34.5)

(34.2)

Germany

30.8

(29.0)

(31.0)

Switzerland

36.6

(35.0)

(37.2)

India

7.0

(6.4)

(8.1)

China

2.3

(2.2)

(1.0)

South Korea

3.8

(3.9)

(3.9)

North Korea

0.1

(-)

(0.2)

None/Don’t know

22.5

(23.8)

(21.0)

             Simple total

209.6

(211.7)

(216.8)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you dislike.

 

 

Dec.

(Nov.)

(Oct.)

United States of America

5.8

(5.2)

(5.5)

Russia

14.1

(12.8)

(13.6)

United Kingdom

0.7

(0.9)

(0.6)

France

0.8

(0.6)

(0.4)

Germany

0.7

(0.6)

(0.8)

Switzerland

0.3

(0.4)

(0.4)

India

2.4

(2.0)

(2.3)

China

56.8

(52.1)

(57.7)

South Korea

48.7

(50.8)

(54.7)

North Korea

77.4

(76.2)

(74.1)

None/Don’t know

12.0

(14.3)

(14.3)

             Simple total

219.6

(215.9)

(224.4)

 

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.

 

 

Dec.

(Nov.)

(Oct.)

United States of America

72.5

(73.6)

(72.3)

Canada

3.0

(2.2)

(4.5)

Russia

10.0

(10.3)

(13.5)

Other FSU (former Soviet Union)

0.9

(0.6)

(0.3)

Europe

12.5

(12.9)

(12.7)

India

17.4

(15.7)

(17.3)

China

53.3

(54.1)

(52.3)

Taiwan

6.8

(6.0)

(6.0)

South Korea

23.5

(25.0)

(22.6)

North Korea

9.5

(8.1)

(8.8)

Southeast Asia 

13.5

(15.7)

(14.3)

Latin America

1.6

(1.7)

(1.9)

Middle East

4.6

(4.4)

(5.2)

Africa

4.1

(3.9)

(5.1)

Oceania

1.3

(0.4)

(2.3)

Don’t know

8.4

(9.2)

(8.5)

             Simple total

243.0

(243.8)

(247.7)

 

Polling methodology (December 2019): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of Dec. 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 1,228 people for a valid response rate of 61.4%. Composition: men, 51.3%; women, 48.7%; age 18–29, 10.1%; 30–39, 15.7%; 40–49, 17.0%; 50–59, 17.0%; 60–69, 14.1%; age 70 and over, 26.1%.

 

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%.

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