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OPINION POLLS

Highlights of August 2020 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll

  • September 1, 2020
  • , Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll Bulletin , [No. 1634] – pp. 8–11
  • JMH Translation

Questions & answers (%)

The June poll was conducted by postal service. No direct comparison can be made between the June poll and the other polls because the other polls were conducted through individual interviews. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the interview-based survey conducted on July 10–13 (middle column) and the mail-in survey conducted on June 11–22, 2020 (right column).

 

Q: To boost demand for travel, the government launched the “Go To Travel” campaign, excluding Tokyo, on July 22. What do you think about the timing of the launch of the campaign? Select only one response from the below.

 

 

Aug.

 

 

Appropriate

9.0

 

 

Too early

82.8

 

 

Too late

4.0

 

 

Don’t know

4.1

 

 

 

Q: There has been a resurgence of the novel coronavirus in Tokyo among other areas in Japan. Do you think the government should again declare a state of emergency?

 

 

Aug.

 

 

Yes

54.5

 

 

No

23.5

 

 

Undecided + Don’t know

22.0

 

 

 

Q: Do you approve of the government’s handling of the novel coronavirus so far?

 

 

Aug.

 

 

Yes

19.4

 

 

No

59.6

 

 

Undecided + Don’t know

21.0

 

 

 

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

 

 

Aug.

 

 

Shinzo Abe

9.2

 

 

Shigeru Ishiba

24.6

 

 

Katsunobu Kato

0.2

 

 

Fumio Kishida

6.0

 

 

Shinjiro Koizumi

12.3

 

 

Taro Kono

7.8

 

 

Yoshihide Suga

4.5

 

 

Seiko Noda

1.0

 

 

Toshimitsu Motegi

0.8

 

 

Yukio Edano

3.3

 

 

Yuichiro Tamaki

0.4

 

 

Taro Yamamoto

1.2

 

 

Other person

1.3

 

 

Don’t know

27.5

 

 

 

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

 

 

Aug.

(July)

(June)

It has improved greatly

0.6

(0.3)

(0.8)

It has improved somewhat

2.4

(3.6)

(4.0)

It has not changed

68.4

(69.4)

(51.9)

It has worsened somewhat

23.6

(21.9)

(32.5)

It has worsened greatly

4.8

(4.6)

(10.8)

Don’t know

0.3

(0.2)

(0.1)

 

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

10.7

(13.3)

(15.3)

They will go up in the future

73.3

(67.4)

(73.2)

They will go down from now

7.9

(8.6)

(10.3)

Don’t know

8.0

(10.7)

(1.1)

 

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

(–)

(0.4)

It has improved somewhat

2.0

(2.7)

(7.7)

It has remained the same

25.0

(26.7)

(15.2)

It has worsened somewhat

50.6

(47.4)

(35.8)

It has definitely worsened

20.2

(19.9)

(40.3)

Don’t know

2.2

(3.3)

(0.6)

 

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

 

 

Aug.

(July)

(June)

It will improve

5.1

(5.0)

 (4.1)

It will remain the same

49.3

(51.3)

(43.7)

It will worsen

39.2

(35.5)

(51.6)

Don’t know

6.4

(8.2)

(0.6)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you like.

 

 

Aug.

(July)

(June)

United States of America

36.6

(37.9)

(34.7)

Russia

2.1

(1.9)

(0.8)

United Kingdom

38.4

(35.8)

(28.4)

France

35.6

(34.0)

(25.7)

Germany

32.9

(35.6)

(36.9)

Switzerland

38.1

(36.6)

(41.2)

India

5.9

(5.8)

(7.2)

China

1.4

(1.9)

(1.5)

South Korea

5.3

(5.9)

(5.3)

North Korea

(0.2)

(0.1)

None/Don’t know

21.1

(21.5)

(23.3)

             Simple total

217.5

(217.1)

(205.1)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you dislike.

 

 

Aug.

(July)

(June)

United States of America

7.3

(8.7)

(7.2)

Russia

13.5

(16.0)

(18.0)

United Kingdom

0.6

(0.6)

(0.2)

France

0.2

(0.6)

(0.5)

Germany

0.5

(0.5)

(0.5)

Switzerland

0.3

(0.4)

(0.1)

India

2.7

(2.4)

(0.6)

China

67.7

(65.7)

(69.9)

South Korea

46.2

(44.7)

(48.5)

North Korea

76.8

(80.0)

(85.8)

None/Don’t know

12.7

(10.7)

(7.6)

             Simple total

228.5

(230.1)

(238.8)

 

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

78.8

(76.9)

(78.1)

Canada

4.0

(4.1)

(2.9)

Russia

9.3

(9.7)

(7.9)

Other FSU (former Soviet Union)

0.6

(0.5)

(0.5)

Europe

17.1

(14.6)

(16.5)

India

14.4

(15.7)

(18.1)

China

54.8

(55.7)

(58.5)

Taiwan

10.4

(10.3)

(14.7)

South Korea

21.5

(18.8)

(17.3)

North Korea

5.9

(7.6)

(5.5)

Southeast Asia 

15.7

(16.2)

(30.6)

Latin America

1.0

(1.9)

(1.0)

Middle East

3.2

(3.8)

(3.3)

Africa

2.1

(3.3)

(3.2)

Oceania

2.3

(2.7)

(2.8)

Don’t know

7.5

(7.3)

(2.2)

             Simple total

248.5

(249.1)

(263.4)

 

Polling methodology (August 2020): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of Aug. 7–10, 2020, through individual interviews. For the survey, a total of 1,977 people were sampled from among men and women, aged 18 and over, across the nation on a stratified two-stage random-sampling basis. The poll was not conducted in Okinawa Prefecture due to the COVID-19 situation there. Valid responses were received from 1,260 people for a valid response rate of 63.7%. Composition: men, 52.5%; women, 47.5%; age 18–29, 9.7%; 30–39, 14.3%; 40–49, 18.1%; 50–59, 15.3%; 60–69, 17.6%; age 70 and over, 25.0%.

 

Polling methodology (July 2020): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of July 10–13, 2020, through individual interviews. For the survey, a total of 2,000 people were sampled from among men and women, aged 18 and over, across the nation on a stratified two-stage random-sampling basis. Valid responses were received from 1,229 people for a valid response rate of 61.5%. Composition: men, 51.5%; women, 48.5%; age 18–29, 10.2%; 30–39, 15.4%; 40–49, 16.9%; 50–59, 16.6%; 60–69, 16.7%; age 70 and over, 24.2%.

 

Polling methodology (June 2020): The survey was conducted by postal mail. Questionnaires were posted on June 11, and the deadline for responses was June 22, 2020. For the survey, a total of 2,000 people were sampled from among men and women, aged 18 and over, across the nation on a stratified two-stage random-sampling basis. Valid responses were received from 986 people for a valid response rate of 49.3%. Composition: men, 47.2%; women, 52.8%; age 18–29, 9.1%; 30–39, 13.5%; 40–49, 17.6%; 50–59, 15.4%; 60–69, 19.1%; age 70 and over, 25.3%.

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