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OPINION POLLS

Highlights of June 2021 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll

Questions & answers (%)

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the interview-based surveys conducted on May 7–10, 2021 (middle column) and on April 9–12, 2021 (right column).

 

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

 

 

June

(May)

(April)

Yes

23.2

(17.6)

(26.5)

No

55.1

(64.6)

(53.0)

Undecided + Don’t know

21.7

(17.8)

(20.5)

 

Q: Do you think the rollout of COVID vaccinations is proceeding smoothly or slowly?

 

 

June

 

 

Smoothly

20.0

 

 

Slowly

69.4

 

 

Undecided + Don’t know

10.5

 

 

 

Q: The Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games are scheduled to be held this summer. How do you think they should be handled? (This question was not in the May poll.)

 

 

June

 

(April)

They should be held  

30.4

 

(28.9)

They should be postponed again

22.2

 

(25.7)

They should be canceled

40.7

 

(39.7)

Don’t know

6.6

 

(5.7)

 

Q: If the Games are held this summer, do you think spectators should be allowed at the venues?

 

 

June

 

 

There should be no restriction on the number of spectators

4.1

 

 

The number of spectators should be limited

27.1

 

 

Spectators should not be allowed

63.9

 

 

None of the above + Don’t know

5.0

 

 

 

Q: Are you in favor of or opposed to adding a “state-of-emergency clause” to the Constitution, which would allow the government to take legally enforceable measures that would temporarily limit the rights of the people in such emergency situations as war, large-scale disasters, and contagious diseases?

 

 

June

 

 

In favor

53.7

 

 

Opposed

20.7

 

 

Undecided + Don’t know

25.7

 

 

 

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

 

 

June

(May)

(April)

It has improved greatly

0.3

(0.3)

(0.3)

It has improved somewhat

3.4

(2.5)

(2.8)

It has not changed

71.5

(72.4)

(71.6)

It has worsened somewhat

20.3

(21.4)

(22.0)

It has worsened greatly

4.1

(3.1)

(3.0)

Don’t know

0.5

(0.2)

(0.3)

 

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

 

 

June

(May)

(April)

They have stabilized

12.9

(11.9)

(11.9)

They will go up in the future

70.5

(70.6)

(72.2)

They will go down from now

4.8

(5.3)

(6.1)

Don’t know

11.8

(12.2)

(9.8)

 

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

 

 

June

(May)

(April)

It has definitely improved

0.2

(–)

(0.1)

It has improved somewhat

3.0

(2.2)

(3.0)

It has remained the same

39.9

(32.5)

(38.5)

It has worsened somewhat

43.0

(48.9)

(43.9)

It has definitely worsened

10.1

(12.8)

(10.8)

Don’t know

3.9

(3.6)

(3.8)

 

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

 

 

June

(May)

(April)

It will improve

7.1

(6.1)

(5.6)

It will remain the same

56.2

(53.4)

(55.0)

It will worsen

29.4

(32.7)

(33.2)

Don’t know

7.3

(7.8)

(6.2)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you like.

 

 

June

(May)

(April)

United States of America

48.0

(49.0)

(44.8)

Russia

2.3

(2.1)

(1.7)

United Kingdom

39.7

(38.8)

(39.4)

France

34.1

(33.2)

(33.0)

Germany

29.1

(33.3)

(30.7)

Switzerland

35.7

(35.2)

(36.3)

India

4.3

(4.7)

(5.8)

China

1.9

(1.8)

(1.8)

South Korea

8.9

(7.4)

(7.9)

North Korea

0.1

(0.2)

(0.2)

None/Don’t know

19.5

(18.5)

(20.8)

             Simple total

223.6

(224.1)

(222.3)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you dislike.

 

 

June

(May)

(April)

United States of America

2.0

(3.1)

(3.1)

Russia

19.6

(17.1)

(17.5)

United Kingdom

0.4

(1.2)

(0.4)

France

0.1

(0.5)

(0.4)

Germany

0.5

(0.8)

(0.7)

Switzerland

0.3

(0.6)

(0.2)

India

3.2

(2.6)

(2.3)

China

64.7

(68.4)

(68.9)

South Korea

40.6

(44.9)

(42.2)

North Korea

77.1

(78.7)

(77.3)

None/Don’t know

13.3

(11.8)

(14.2)

             Simple total

221.7

(229.6)

(227.2)

 

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.

 

 

June

(May)

(April)

United States of America

79.2

(82.5)

(80.8)

Canada

4.6

(3.8)

(2.7)

Russia

9.1

(9.4)

(8.0)

Other FSU (former Soviet Union)

0.6

(0.7)

(1.1)

Europe

17.1

(15.9)

(19.7)

India

16.9

(15.2)

(16.3)

China

53.2

(56.4)

(56.1)

Taiwan

15.1

(13.5)

(12.1)

South Korea

19.6

(16.9)

(18.0)

North Korea

4.3

(5.4)

(6.4)

Southeast Asia 

16.3

(14.5)

(17.0)

Latin America

1.2

(0.9)

(0.6)

Middle East

3.7

(4.1)

(3.5)

Africa

2.3

(1.7)

(2.0)

Oceania

2.3

(3.5)

(2.3)

Don’t know

7.7

(6.9)

(6.2)

             Simple total

253.1

(251.3)

(252.9)

 

Polling methodology (June 2021): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of June 11–14, 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 1,282 people for a valid response rate of 64.1%. Composition: men, 51.3%; women, 48.7%; age 18–29, 10.2%; 30–39, 14.5%; 40–49, 18.1%; 50–59, 17.2%; 60–69, 13.3%; age 70 and over, 26.7%.

 

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%.

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