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Highlights of October 2020 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll

  • November 1, 2020
  • , Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll Bulletin , [No. 1642] – pp. 8–10
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Questions & answers (%)

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the interview-based survey conducted on Sept. 11–14 (middle column) and the mail-in survey conducted on Aug. 7–10, 2020 (right column).

 

Q: Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has said that he will continue the policies of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Do you approve of this?

 

 

Oct.

 

 

Yes

43.4

 

 

No

28.4

 

 

Undecided + Don’t know

28.2

 

 

 

Q: Do you approve of the appointments to the Suga cabinet and the Liberal Democratic Party board?

 

 

Oct.

 

 

Yes

35.3

 

 

No

25.6

 

 

Undecided + Don’t know

39.1

 

 

 

Q: Which of Prime Minister Suga’s centerpiece policies are you particularly hopeful about? Select only one response from the below.

 

 

Oct.

 

 

Reducing mobile phone charges

45.8

 

 

Having infertility treatment covered by insurance

9.9

 

 

Establishing a “digital agency”

11.5

 

 

Abolishing sectionalism in government administration

24.6

 

 

Other

0.2

 

 

None in particular + Don’t know

7.8

 

 

 

Q: How long would you like to see Suga remain in office as prime minister?

 

 

Oct.

 

 

Until the LDP presidential election in September next year

29.0

 

 

From one year to up to two years

12.9

 

 

From two years to up to three years

13.2

 

 

From three years to up to four years

11.8

 

 

Over four years or as long as possible

17.7

 

 

Do not want Suga to continue in office as prime minister

3.8

 

 

Don’t know

11.7

 

 

 

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

 

 

Oct.

(Sept.)

(Aug.)

It has improved greatly

0.3

(0.2)

(0.6)

It has improved somewhat

2.7

(3.7)

(2.4)

It has not changed

69.5

(68.5)

(68.4)

It has worsened somewhat

23.4

(23.2)

(23.6)

It has worsened greatly

3.5

(3.7)

(4.8)

Don’t know

0.5

(0.6)

(0.3)

 

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

16.9

(17.9)

(10.7)

They will go up in the future

64.4

(66.4)

(73.3)

They will go down from now

7.1

(5.8)

(7.9)

Don’t know

11.6

(9.9)

(8.0)

 

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

0.1

(0.1)

(–)

It has improved somewhat

8.1

(4.3)

(2.0)

It has remained the same

39.0

(36.4)

(25.0)

It has worsened somewhat

41.2

(41.4)

(50.6)

It has definitely worsened

8.2

(13.9)

(20.2)

Don’t know

3.4

(4.0)

(2.2)

 

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

 

 

Oct.

(Sept.)

(Aug.)

It will improve

7.4

(6.0)

(5.1)

It will remain the same

53.5

(52.9)

(49.3)

It will worsen

31.4

(34.2)

(39.2)

Don’t know

7.7

(6.9)

(6.4)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you like.

 

 

Oct

(Sept.)

(Aug.)

United States of America

40.2

(41.5)

(36.6)

Russia

1.8

(1.7)

(2.1)

United Kingdom

37.3

(34.9)

(38.4)

France

34.3

(34.8)

(35.6)

Germany

32.7

(31.6)

(32.9)

Switzerland

38.1

(39.7)

(38.1)

India

5.9

(6.2)

(5.9)

China

2.2

(2.1)

(1.4)

South Korea

6.9

(6.1)

(5.3)

North Korea

(0.4)

(–)

None/Don’t know

19.6

(21.3)

(21.1)

             Simple total

219.0

(220.3)

(217.5)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you dislike.

 

 

Oct.

(Sept.)

(Aug.)

United States of America

5.7

(6.4)

(7.3)

Russia

15.8

(18.9)

(13.5)

United Kingdom

0.6

(1.0)

(0.6)

France

0.9

(0.5)

(0.2)

Germany

0.9

(0.9)

(0.5)

Switzerland

0.3

(0.3)

(0.3)

India

2.6

(2.9)

(2.7)

China

60.7

(63.8)

(67.7)

South Korea

40.7

(42.8)

(46.2)

North Korea

75.8

(77.9)

(76.8)

None/Don’t know

14.6

(12.1)

(12.7)

             Simple total

218.6

(227.5)

(228.5)

 

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

79.0

(79.1)

(78.8)

Canada

2.2

(3.0)

(4.0)

Russia

10.0

(12.1)

(9.3)

Other FSU (former Soviet Union)

0.9

(0.5)

(0.6)

Europe

13.5

(15.4)

(17.1)

India

16.6

(14.3)

(14.4))

China

59.7

(58.9)

(54.8)

Taiwan

9.7

(9.5)

(10.4)

South Korea

21.2

(19.8)

(21.5)

North Korea

7.5

(6.2)

(5.9)

Southeast Asia 

15.0

(16.3)

(15.7)

Latin America

1.0

(1.0)

(1.0)

Middle East

2.7

(4.0)

(3.2)

Africa

2.7

(2.4)

(2.1)

Oceania

1.9

(2.1)

(2.3)

Don’t know

7.0

(6.8)

(7.5)

             Simple total

250.7

(251.4)

(248.5)

 

Polling methodology (October 2020): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of Oct. 9–12, 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 1,250 people for a valid response rate of 62.5%. Composition: men, 53.3%; women, 46.7%; age 18–29, 10.6%; 30–39, 15.6%; 40–49, 19.2%; 50–59, 15.6%; 60–69, 16.5%; age 70 and over, 22.6%.

 

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%.

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