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Highlights of April 2021 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll

  • May 1, 2021
  • , Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll Bulletin , [No. 1661] – pp. 8–11
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Questions & answers (%)

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the interview-based surveys conducted on March 5–8, 2021 (middle column) and on Feb. 4–7, 2021 (right column).

 

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

 

 

April

(March)

(Feb.)

Yes

26.5

(28.4)

(27.8)

No

53.0

(46.1)

(51.2)

Undecided + Don’t know

20.5

(25.5)

(21.0)

 

Q: Do you think the government decision to completely lift the state of emergency on March 21 was appropriate?

 

 

April

 

 

Too early

58.3

 

 

Appropriate

21.0

 

 

Too late

12.7

 

 

Don’t know

8.1

 

 

 

Q: The Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games are scheduled to be held this summer. How do you think they should be handled?

 

 

April

 

 

They should be held  

28.9

 

 

They should be postponed again

25.7

 

 

They should be canceled

39.7

 

 

Don’t know

5.7

 

 

 

Q: Are you in favor of or opposed to developing legislation to recognize same-sex marriage?

 

 

April

 

 

In favor

56.2

 

 

Opposed

21.9

 

 

Undecided + Don’t know

21.9

 

 

 

Q: Are you in favor of or opposed to allowing married couples to use different last names?

 

 

April

 

 

In favor

59.7

 

 

Opposed

24.1

 

 

Undecided + Don’t know

16.1

 

 

 

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

 

 

April

(March)

(Feb.)

It has improved greatly

0.3

(0.2)

(0.2)

It has improved somewhat

2.8

 (2.7)

(2.1)

It has not changed

71.6

(73.5)

(69.7)

It has worsened somewhat

22.0

(21.0)

(23.2)

It has worsened greatly

3.0

(2.6)

(4.4)

Don’t know

0.3

(0.1)

(0.5)

 

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

 

 

April

(March)

(Feb.)

They have stabilized

11.9

(19.4)

(19.2)

They will go up in the future

72.2

(61.2)

(59.6)

They will go down from now

6.1

(6.3)

(8.4)

Don’t know

9.8

(13.1)

(12.8)

 

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

 

 

April

(March)

(Feb.)

It has definitely improved

0.1

(–)

(–)

It has improved somewhat

3.0

(2.8)

(1.9)

It has remained the same

38.5

(41.1)

(33.2)

It has worsened somewhat

43.9

(43.1)

(44.9)

It has definitely worsened

10.8

(10.0)

(16.6)

Don’t know

3.8

(3.0)

(3.4)

 

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

 

 

April

(March)

(Feb.)

It will improve

5.6

(5.8)

(6.9)

It will remain the same

55.0

(58.4)

 (52.7)

It will worsen

33.2

(29.6)

(33.5)

Don’t know

6.2

(6.2)

(7.0)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you like.

 

 

April

(March)

(Feb.)

United States of America

44.8

(44.5)

(42.0)

Russia

1.7

(1.9)

(2.4)

United Kingdom

39.4

(37.2)

(36.0)

France

33.0

(33.7)

(31.4)

Germany

30.7

(32.9)

(31.4)

Switzerland

36.3

(34.7)

(35.7)

India

5.8

(5.4)

(6.6)

China

1.8

(1.6)

(2.2)

South Korea

7.9

(6.4)

(5.9)

North Korea

0.2

(0.2)

(–)

None/Don’t know

20.8

(21.1)

(22.0)

             Simple total

222.3

(219.6)

(215.6)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you dislike.

 

 

April

(March)

(Feb.)

United States of America

3.1

(3.6)

(4.4)

Russia

17.5

(15.9)

(18.9)

United Kingdom

0.4

(0.9)

(0.5)

France

0.4

(0.2)

(0.5)

Germany

0.7

(0.9)

(0.8)

Switzerland

0.2

(0.4)

(0.4)

India

2.3

(2.3)

(2.3)

China

68.9

(68.0)

(66.1)

South Korea

42.2

(44.8)

(40.7)

North Korea

77.3

(77.2)

(77.3)

None/Don’t know

14.2

(14.4)

(14.2)

             Simple total

227.2

(228.5)

(226.1)

 

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.

 

 

April

(March)

(Feb.)

United States of America

80.8

(79.0)

(81.7)

Canada

2.7

(2.2)

(4.4)

Russia

8.0

(9.3)

(8.9)

Other FSU (former Soviet Union)

1.1

(0.9)

(0.7)

Europe

19.7

(17.4)

(17.5)

India

16.3

(15.7)

(17.3)

China

56.1

(59.1)

(58.6)

Taiwan

12.1

(10.4)

(10.2)

South Korea

18.0

(20.0)

(19.4)

North Korea

6.4

(5.4)

(6.1)

Southeast Asia 

17.0

(15.6)

(16.1)

Latin America

0.6

(0.9)

(0.8)

Middle East

3.5

(2.5)

(1.9)

Africa

2.0

(1.7)

(2.6)

Oceania

2.3

(3.1)

(2.4)

Don’t know

6.2

(7.6)

(6.6)

             Simple total

252.9

(250.7)

(255.4)

 

Polling methodology (April 2021): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of April 9–12, 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 1,272 people for a valid response rate of 63.6%. Composition: men, 51.7%; women, 48.3%; age 18–29, 11.0%; 30–39, 16.1%; 40–49, 16.9%; 50–59, 15.1%; 60–69, 14.8%; age 70 and over, 26.1%.

 

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%.

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