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Highlights of May 2021 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll

Questions & answers (%)

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the interview-based surveys conducted on April 9–12, 2021 (middle column) and on March 5–8, 2021 (right column).

 

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

 

 

May

(April)

(March)

Yes

17.6

(26.5)

(28.4)

No

64.6

(53.0)

(46.1)

Undecided + Don’t know

17.8

(20.5)

(25.5)

 

Q: Japan’s rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations lags behind that of the United States and other Western countries. Are you frustrated by this? Select only one response from the below.

 

 

May

 

 

Very frustrated

39.5

 

 

Somewhat frustrated

34.9

 

 

Not very frustrated

18.2

 

 

Not frustrated at all

5.2

 

 

Don’t know

2.0

 

 

Frustrated (total)

74.4

 

 

Not frustrated (total)

23.6

 

 

 

Q: Regarding the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the government has decided to take “processed water,” which contains radioactive substances, and release it into the ocean. Do you approve of this policy?

 

 

May

 

 

Approve

32.4

 

 

Disapprove

38.1

 

 

Undecided + Don’t know

29.6

 

 

 

Q: Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide has expressed the intent to set up a “children’s ministry” to oversee education and social welfare for children. Are you optimistic about the initiative?

 

 

May

 

 

Optimistic

45.1

 

 

Not optimistic

34.5

 

 

Undecided + Don’t know

20.4

 

 

 

Q: Prime Minister Suga met in person with U.S. President Joe Biden in April, thereby becoming the first foreign leader to meet face to face with President Biden. Do you approve of the meeting?

 

 

May

 

 

Approve

41.6

 

 

Disapprove

27.3

 

 

Undecided + Don’t know

31.2

 

 

 

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

 

 

May

(April)

(March)

It has improved greatly

0.3

(0.3)

(0.2)

It has improved somewhat

2.5

(2.8)

 (2.7)

It has not changed

72.4

(71.6)

(73.5)

It has worsened somewhat

21.4

(22.0)

(21.0)

It has worsened greatly

3.1

(3.0)

(2.6)

Don’t know

0.2

(0.3)

(0.1)

 

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

 

 

May

(April)

(March)

They have stabilized

11.9

(11.9)

(19.4)

They will go up in the future

70.6

(72.2)

(61.2)

They will go down from now

5.3

(6.1)

(6.3)

Don’t know

12.2

(9.8)

(13.1)

 

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

 

 

May

(April)

(March)

It has definitely improved

(0.1)

(–)

It has improved somewhat

2.2

(3.0)

(2.8)

It has remained the same

32.5

(38.5)

(41.1)

It has worsened somewhat

48.9

(43.9)

(43.1)

It has definitely worsened

12.8

(10.8)

(10.0)

Don’t know

3.6

(3.8)

(3.0)

 

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

 

 

May

(April)

(March)

It will improve

6.1

(5.6)

(5.8)

It will remain the same

53.4

(55.0)

(58.4)

It will worsen

32.7

(33.2)

(29.6)

Don’t know

7.8

(6.2)

(6.2)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you like.

 

 

May

(April)

(March)

United States of America

49.0

(44.8)

(44.5)

Russia

2.1

(1.7)

(1.9)

United Kingdom

38.8

(39.4)

(37.2)

France

33.2

(33.0)

(33.7)

Germany

33.3

(30.7)

(32.9)

Switzerland

35.2

(36.3)

(34.7)

India

4.7

(5.8)

(5.4)

China

1.8

(1.8)

(1.6)

South Korea

7.4

(7.9)

(6.4)

North Korea

0.2

(0.2)

(0.2)

None/Don’t know

18.5

(20.8)

(21.1)

             Simple total

224.1

(222.3)

(219.6)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you dislike.

 

 

May

(April)

(March)

United States of America

3.1

(3.1)

(3.6)

Russia

17.1

(17.5)

(15.9)

United Kingdom

1.2

(0.4)

(0.9)

France

0.5

(0.4)

(0.2)

Germany

0.8

(0.7)

(0.9)

Switzerland

0.6

(0.2)

(0.4)

India

2.6

(2.3)

(2.3)

China

68.4

(68.9)

(68.0)

South Korea

44.9

(42.2)

(44.8)

North Korea

78.7

(77.3)

(77.2)

None/Don’t know

11.8

(14.2)

(14.4)

             Simple total

229.6

(227.2)

(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.

 

 

May

(April)

(March)

United States of America

82.5

(80.8)

(79.0)

Canada

3.8

(2.7)

(2.2)

Russia

9.4

(8.0)

(9.3)

Other FSU (former Soviet Union)

0.7

(1.1)

(0.9)

Europe

15.9

(19.7)

(17.4)

India

15.2

(16.3)

(15.7)

China

56.4

(56.1)

(59.1)

Taiwan

13.5

(12.1)

(10.4)

South Korea

16.9

(18.0)

(20.0)

North Korea

5.4

(6.4)

(5.4)

Southeast Asia 

14.5

(17.0)

(15.6)

Latin America

0.9

(0.6)

(0.9)

Middle East

4.1

(3.5)

(2.5)

Africa

1.7

(2.0)

(1.7)

Oceania

3.5

(2.3)

(3.1)

Don’t know

6.9

(6.2)

(7.6)

             Simple total

251.3

(252.9)

(250.7)

 

Polling methodology (May 2021): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of May 7–10, 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 1,306 people for a valid response rate of 65.3%. Composition: men, 50.5%; women, 49.5%; age 18–29, 12.3%; 30–39, 14.7%; 40–49, 17.6%; 50–59, 17.8%; 60–69, 14.3%; age 70 and over, 23.3%.

 

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%.

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