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OPINION POLLS

Yomiuri-Gallup opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

 

Questions & answers (%)

 

Slashes (/) indicate that the item was not part of the poll. Asterisks placed at the end of a question indicate that the choices were read aloud to the respondent.

 

Q: Please indicate which of the following organizations and public institutions in your country you particularly trust, if any. Select as many as you like.*

 

 

Japan

 

Prime minister

44

 

Diet

23

 

Police, prosecutors

50

 

Courts

57

 

Self-Defense Forces

70

 

Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, churches

41

 

Central government offices

31

 

Local governments

53

 

Schools

51

 

Hospitals

74

 

Newspapers

49

 

Television

31

 

Major corporations

31

 

Labor unions

36

 

Tech giants

33

 

Nothing in particular (NIP)

8

 

No answer (N/A)

1

 

 

 

 

U.S.

President

 

44

Congress

 

33

Police, prosecutors

 

63

Courts

 

59

Armed services

 

86

Churches

 

68

Federal government

 

45

Local governments

 

62

Schools

 

69

Hospitals

 

86

Newspapers

 

48

Television

 

35

Major corporations

 

33

Labor unions

 

55

Tech giants

 

40

NIP

 

N/A

 

1

Note: “Tech giants” refers to “Google, Amazon, and other IT giants.”

 

Q: Do you think Japan-U.S. relations are currently in good or bad shape?

 

 

Japan

U.S.

Very good

4

13

Good

47

37

Can’t say either way

15

28

Bad

24

9

Very bad

3

3

N/A

8

10

 

Q: Do you trust the U.S.?

 

 

Japan

 

Trust very much

4

 

Trust somewhat

32

 

Do not trust very much

43

 

Do not trust at all

8

 

N/A

13

 

 

Q: Do you trust Japan?

 

 

 

U.S.

Trust very much

 

25

Trust somewhat

 

47

Do not trust very much

 

13

Do not trust at all

 

10

N/A

 

5

 

Q: Do you think U.S. society is heading in a positive or negative direction now?

 

 

Japan

 

Positive direction

23

 

Negative direction

58

 

N/A

19

 

 

Q: Do you think Japanese society is heading in a positive or negative direction now?

 

 

 

U.S.

Positive direction

 

33

Negative direction

 

61

N/A

 

6

 

Q: It has been decided that Joe Biden will be the new president of the United States. Do you think Japan-U.S. relations will improve, worsen, or remain unchanged under the Biden administration going forward?

 

 

Japan

U.S.

Improve greatly

1

18

Improve

21

26

Remain unchanged

64

23

Worsen

6

10

Worsen greatly

1

17

N/A

7

6

 

Q: Do you think America’s international influence increased, remained unchanged, or decreased under the Trump administration?

 

 

Japan

U.S.

Increased

29

38

Remained unchanged

35

11

Decreased

27

49

N/A

9

2

 

Q: Which do you think the Biden administration should prioritize as its basic stance on foreign policy going forward: The “America First” policy or international coordination?

 

 

Japan

U.S.

“America First” policy

6

53

International coordination

77

42

N/A

17

5

 

Q: Please indicate which of the following countries or regions you think will become a military threat to your country, if any. Select as many as you like.*

 

 

Japan

U.S.

U.S.

28

/

Japan

/

19

South Korea

37

22

China

77

64

Russia

57

61

North Korea

73

68

Middle East

27

57

Central & South America

10

10

NIP

5

N/A

3

8

 

Q: Do you think the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty contributes to security in the Asia-Pacific region?

 

 

Japan

U.S.

It contributes greatly

24

21

It contributes somewhat

48

49

It does not make much of a contribution

13

11

It does not make any contribution at all

4

6

N/A

11

13

 

Q: Do you think Japan-China relations are currently in good or bad shape?

 

 

Japan

 

Very good

0

 

Good

15

 

Can’t say either way

9

 

Bad

52

 

Very bad

19

 

N/A

6

 

 

Q: Do you think U.S.-China relations are currently in good or bad shape?

 

 

 

U.S.

Very good

 

1

Good

 

13

Can’t say either way

 

32

Bad

 

36

Very bad

 

16

N/A

 

2

 

Q: Do you trust China?

 

 

Japan

U.S.

Trust very much

1

1

Trust somewhat

5

22

Do not trust very much

40

33

Do not trust at all

51

42

N/A

3

2

 

Q: The United States is increasing its pressure on China in the fields of foreign policy and trade. Are you in favor of or opposed to the U.S. continuing to take this stance?

 

 

Japan

U.S.

In favor

47

64

Opposed

37

32

N/A

16

4

 

Q: Are you concerned that your personal information will be read through Chinese-made devices, apps, and the like?

 

 

Japan

U.S.

Yes

65

67

No

29

32

N/A

6

1

 

Q: Do you think the U.S. should build up its military power in the Asia-Pacific region, where China is becoming more influential? Or do you think the U.S. should maintain its military power at the current level or should downscale it instead?

 

 

Japan

U.S.

Build up

20

29

Maintain at the current level

61

52

Downscale

11

14

N/A

8

5

 

Q: Which country do you think will lead the world in the future, the United States or China?

 

 

Japan

U.S.

U.S.

68

64

China

18

29

N/A

14

7

 

Q: Do you approve of your national government’s handling of COVID-19 so far?

 

 

Japan

U.S.

Yes

47

37

No

46

61

N/A

8

2

 

Q: Which do you think should be given priority in handling COVID-19: infection prevention or economic activities?

 

 

Japan

U.S.

Infection prevention

65

61

Economic activities

23

37

N/A

12

3

 

Q: Are you concerned that you may become infected with COVID-19 and die? Select one from the following four items.*

 

 

Japan

U.S.

Very concerned

11

23

Somewhat concerned

48

29

Not very concerned

30

20

Not concerned at all

11

26

N/A

1

1

 

Q: If it became possible for you to receive a COVID-19 vaccination for free, do you think you would want to be vaccinated immediately?

 

 

Japan

U.S.

Yes

50

58

No

47

40

N/A

3

2

 

Q: To prevent the spread of COVID-19, do you think people should wear face masks or do you think that is not necessary?

 

 

Japan

U.S.

People should wear face masks

97

81

Wearing face masks is not necessary

2

16

N/A

1

2

 

Polling methodology: The survey, both in Japan and the United States, was conducted nationwide over the telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis, with people selected from the two countries’ respective voting populations. In both countries, the survey was carried out over landline telephones and mobile phones.

 

Japan

Survey conducted: Nov. 20–22

No. of valid respondents: 1,035 persons (men, 48%; women, 52%)

 

U.S.

Survey conducted: Nov. 16–22

Survey outsourced to The Gallup Organization

No. of valid respondents: 1,001 persons (men, 49%; women, 51%)

 

(Note) Figures rounded off. Numerical values in graphs and tables do not necessarily add up to 100% due to rounding. The figure “0” denotes that the percentage was less than 0.5%, and “–” denotes that no respondents gave that answer.

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