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OPINION POLLS

Highlights of September 2020 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll

Questions & answers (%)

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the interview-based survey conducted on Aug. 7–10 (middle column) and the mail-in survey conducted on July 10–13, 2020 (right column).

 

Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced at the end of August that he will resign. Do you approve of his administration, which is the longest in history spanning more than seven years and eight months? Select only one response from the below.

 

 

Sept.

 

 

Yes

29.1

 

 

Generally yes

37.1

 

 

Generally no

16.0

 

 

No

14.3

 

 

Don’t know

3.6

 

 

Approve (total)

66.2

 

 

Disapprove (total)

30.3

 

 

 

Q: The term of the current Lower House members ends in October next year. When do you think it would be desirable for the Lower House to be dissolved and a general election held? Select only one response from the below.

 

 

Sept.

 

 

Within this year

22.3

 

 

At the beginning of next year

11.8

 

 

In spring or summer next year

11.6

 

 

When the Lower House members’ terms end next year or at a time near then

40.0

 

 

Don’t know

14.2

 

 

 

Q: Are you optimistic about the new party to be formed through the merger of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and the Democratic Party for the People?

 

 

Sept.

 

 

Yes

24.2

 

 

No

58.8

 

 

Undecided + Don’t know

17.0

 

 

 

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

 

 

Sept.

(Aug.)

(July)

Yes

36.0

(19.4)

(33.1)

No

42.0

(59.6)

(46.0)

Undecided + Don’t know

22.0

(21.0)

(20.9)

 

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

 

 

Sept.

(Aug.)

(July)

It has improved greatly

0.2

(0.6)

(0.3)

It has improved somewhat

3.7

(2.4)

(3.6)

It has not changed

68.5

(68.4)

(69.4)

It has worsened somewhat

23.2

(23.6)

(21.9)

It has worsened greatly

3.7

(4.8)

(4.6)

Don’t know

0.6

(0.3)

(0.2)

 

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

 

 

Sept.

(Aug.)

(July)

They have stabilized

17.9

(10.7)

(13.3)

They will go up in the future

66.4

(73.3)

(67.4)

They will go down from now

5.8

(7.9)

(8.6)

Don’t know

9.9

(8.0)

(10.7)

 

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

 

 

Sept.

(Aug.)

(July)

It has definitely improved

0.1

(–)

(–)

It has improved somewhat

4.3

(2.0)

(2.7)

It has remained the same

36.4

(25.0)

(26.7)

It has worsened somewhat

41.4

(50.6)

(47.4)

It has definitely worsened

13.9

(20.2)

(19.9)

Don’t know

4.0

(2.2)

(3.3)

 

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

 

 

Sept.

(Aug.)

(July)

It will improve

6.0

(5.1)

(5.0)

It will remain the same

52.9

(49.3)

(51.3)

It will worsen

34.2

(39.2)

(35.5)

Don’t know

6.9

(6.4)

(8.2)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you like.

 

 

Sept.

(Aug.)

(July)

United States of America

41.5

(36.6)

(37.9)

Russia

1.7

(2.1)

(1.9)

United Kingdom

34.9

(38.4)

(35.8)

France

34.8

(35.6)

(34.0)

Germany

31.6

(32.9)

(35.6)

Switzerland

39.7

(38.1)

(36.6)

India

6.2

(5.9)

(5.8)

China

2.1

(1.4)

(1.9)

South Korea

6.1

(5.3)

(5.9)

North Korea

0.4

(–)

(0.2)

None/Don’t know

21.3

(21.1)

(21.5)

             Simple total

220.3

(217.5)

(217.1)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you dislike.

 

 

Sept

(Aug.)

(July)

United States of America

6.4

(7.3)

(8.7)

Russia

18.9

(13.5)

(16.0)

United Kingdom

1.0

(0.6)

(0.6)

France

0.5

(0.2)

(0.6)

Germany

0.9

(0.5)

(0.5)

Switzerland

0.3

(0.3)

(0.4)

India

2.9

(2.7)

(2.4)

China

63.8

(67.7)

(65.7)

South Korea

42.8

(46.2)

(44.7)

North Korea

77.9

(76.8)

(80.0)

None/Don’t know

12.1

(12.7)

(10.7)

             Simple total

227.5

(228.5)

(230.1)

 

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.

 

 

Sept.

(Aug.)

(July)

United States of America

79.1

(78.8)

(76.9)

Canada

3.0

(4.0)

(4.1)

Russia

12.1

(9.3)

(9.7)

Other FSU (former Soviet Union)

0.5

(0.6)

(0.5)

Europe

15.4

(17.1)

(14.6)

India

14.3

(14.4))

(15.7)

China

58.9

(54.8)

(55.7)

Taiwan

9.5

(10.4)

(10.3)

South Korea

19.8

(21.5)

(18.8)

North Korea

6.2

(5.9)

(7.6)

Southeast Asia 

16.3

(15.7)

(16.2)

Latin America

1.0

(1.0)

(1.9)

Middle East

4.0

(3.2)

(3.8)

Africa

2.4

(2.1)

(3.3)

Oceania

2.1

(2.3)

(2.7)

Don’t know

6.8

(7.5)

(7.3)

             Simple total

251.4

(248.5)

(249.1)

 

Polling methodology (September 2020): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of Sept. 11–14, 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 1,259 people for a valid response rate of 63.0%. Composition: men, 53.3%; women, 46.7%; age 18–29, 9.5%; 30–39, 12.6%; 40–49, 17.6%; 50–59, 17.4%; 60–69, 18.5%; age 70 and over, 24.5%.

 

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%.

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