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OPINION POLLS

Highlights of March 2021 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll

Questions & answers (%)

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the interview-based surveys conducted on Feb. 4–7, 2021 (middle column) and on Jan. 8–11, 2021 (right column).

 

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

 

 

March

(Feb.)

(Jan.)

Yes

28.4

(27.8)

(18.5)

No

46.1

(51.2)

(61.4)

Undecided + Don’t know

25.5

(21.0)

(20.1)

 

Q: The administration of COVID-19 vaccinations has started in Japan. When your turn for a vaccination comes, what will you do? Select only one response from the below.

 

 

March

 

 

I will get a vaccination immediately

41.9

 

 

I will wait and see for a while how the situation develops

51.8

 

 

I will not get a vaccination

5.7

 

 

Don’t know

0.7

 

 

 

Q: Do you think Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has adequately handled the scandal over his eldest son’s wining and dining high-ranking officials of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications?

 

 

March

 

 

Yes

11.1

 

 

No

67.2

 

 

Undecided + Don’t know

21.7

 

 

 

Q: Seiko Hashimoto has taken office as the new president of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Do you think she is suitable?

 

 

March

 

 

Yes

56.4

 

 

No

13.0

 

 

Undecided + Don’t know

30.6

 

 

 

Q: Do you approve of the measures the government has taken in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake over the past 10 years? Select only one response from the below.

 

 

March

 

 

Approve

9.0

 

 

Approve somewhat

48.9

 

 

Not approve very much

23.8

 

 

Not approve

9.9

 

 

Don’t know

8.4

 

 

Approve (total)

57.9

 

 

Disapprove (total)

33.7

 

 

 

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

 

 

March

(Feb.)

(Jan.)

It has improved greatly

0.2

(0.2)

(0.2)

It has improved somewhat

2.7

(2.1)

(2.7)

It has not changed

73.5

(69.7)

(69.5)

It has worsened somewhat

21.0

(23.2)

(23.4)

It has worsened greatly

2.6

(4.4)

(3.8)

Don’t know

0.1

(0.5)

(0.3)

 

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

 

 

March

(Feb.)

(Jan.)

They have stabilized

19.4

(19.2)

(17.6)

They will go up in the future

61.2

(59.6)

(60.9)

They will go down from now

6.3

(8.4)

(8.3)

Don’t know

13.1

(12.8)

(13.3)

 

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

 

 

March

(Feb.)

(Jan.)

It has definitely improved

(–)

(0.1)

It has improved somewhat

2.8

(1.9)

(1.5)

It has remained the same

41.1

(33.2)

(32.2)

It has worsened somewhat

43.1

(44.9)

(46.1)

It has definitely worsened

10.0

(16.6)

(16.4)

Don’t know

3.0

(3.4)

(3.8)

 

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

 

 

March

(Feb.)

(Jan.)

It will improve

5.8

(6.9)

(5.5)

It will remain the same

58.4

(52.7)

(50.8)

It will worsen

29.6

(33.5)

(36.0)

Don’t know

6.2

(7.0)

(7.8)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you like.

 

 

March

(Feb.)

(Jan.)

United States of America

44.5

(42.0)

(38.2)

Russia

1.9

(2.4)

(1.8)

United Kingdom

37.2

(36.0)

(33.5)

France

33.7

(31.4)

(32.2)

Germany

32.9

(31.4)

(33.2)

Switzerland

34.7

(35.7)

(35.8)

India

5.4

(6.6)

(6.4)

China

1.6

(2.2)

(2.3)

South Korea

6.4

(5.9)

(6.8)

North Korea

0.2

(–)

(0.2)

None/Don’t know

21.1

(22.0)

(23.5)

             Simple total

219.6

(215.6)

(213.8)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you dislike.

 

 

March

(Feb.)

(Jan.)

United States of America

3.6

(4.4)

(5.6)

Russia

15.9

(18.9)

(13.7)

United Kingdom

0.9

(0.5)

(0.4)

France

0.2

(0.5)

(0.5)

Germany

0.9

(0.8)

(0.9)

Switzerland

0.4

(0.4)

(0.4)

India

2.3

(2.3)

(2.4)

China

68.0

(66.1)

(62.7)

South Korea

44.8

(40.7)

(43.8)

North Korea

77.2

(77.3)

(75.0)

None/Don’t know

14.4

(14.2)

(14.8)

             Simple total

228.5

(226.1)

(220.2)

 

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.

 

 

March

(Feb.)

(Jan.)

United States of America

79.0

(81.7)

(76.9)

Canada

2.2

(4.4)

(2.6)

Russia

9.3

(8.9)

(8.5)

Other FSU (former Soviet Union)

0.9

(0.7)

(0.4)

Europe

17.4

(17.5)

(15.5)

India

15.7

(17.3)

(14.3)

China

59.1

(58.6)

(57.1)

Taiwan

10.4

(10.2)

(9.6)

South Korea

20.0

(19.4)

(20.9)

North Korea

5.4

(6.1)

(4.8)

Southeast Asia 

15.6

(16.1)

(16.8)

Latin America

0.9

(0.8)

(1.1)

Middle East

2.5

(1.9)

(3.6)

Africa

1.7

(2.6)

(2.1)

Oceania

3.1

(2.4)

(2.1)

Don’t know

7.6

(6.6)

(9.2)

             Simple total

250.7

(255.4)

(245.5)

 

Polling methodology (March 2021): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of March 5–8, 2021, 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 1,283 people for a valid response rate of 64.2%. Composition: men, 53.4%; women, 46.6%; age 18–29, 10.5%; 30–39, 15.3%; 40–49, 15.7%; 50–59, 18.9%; 60–69, 13.8%; age 70 and over, 25.7%.

 

Polling methodology (February 2021): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of Feb. 4–7, 2021, 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 1,237 people for a valid response rate of 61.9%. Composition: men, 53.8%; women, 46.2%; age 18–29, 10.1%; 30–39, 15.0%; 40–49, 16.5%; 50–59, 16.4%; 60–69, 16.6%; age 70 and over, 25.4%.

 

Polling methodology (January 2021): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of Jan. 8–11, 2021, through individual interviews. For the survey, a total of 1,953 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 1,211 people for a valid response rate of 62.0%. Composition: men, 53.4%; women, 46.6%; age 18–29, 10.2%; 30–39, 16.2%; 40–49, 16.5%; 50–59, 18.2%; 60–69, 14.2%; age 70 and over, 24.6%.

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