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OPINION POLLS

Highlights of July 2021 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll

Questions & answers (%)

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the interview-based surveys conducted on June 11–14, 2021 (middle column) and on May 7–10, 2021 (right column).

 

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

 

 

July

(June)

(May)

Yes

22.7

(23.2)

(17.6)

No

59.1

(55.1)

(64.6)

Undecided + Don’t know

18.2

(21.7)

(17.8)

 

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

 

 

July

(June)

 

Smoothly

17.7

(20.0)

 

Slowly

71.5

(69.4)

 

Undecided + Don’t know

10.8

(10.5)

 

 

Q: Do you think the COVID-19 countermeasures being taken in relation to Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic athletes and staff members are adequate?

 

 

July

 

 

Adequate

12.7

 

 

Inadequate

66.7

 

 

Undecided + Don’t know

20.6

 

 

 

Q: Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide’s term as Liberal Democratic Party president expires at the end of September. There will also be a Lower House election by the autumn. The person who heads the party that wins the Lower House election will in effect be the next prime minister. How long would you like Prime Minister Suga to continue in office? Select only one response from the below.

 

 

July

 

 

I would like to see him resign soon

17.3

 

 

Remain in office for the remainder of his term, which expires at the end of September

49.4

 

 

Remain in office until the end of the next LDP president’s three-year term

18.0

 

 

Remain in office for as long as possible

5.6

 

 

Don’t know

9.6

 

 

 

Q: Who do you think would be appropriate to serve as the next prime minister? Select only one response from the below.

 

 

July

 

 

Abe Shinzo (LDP)

8.4

 

 

Ishiba Shigeru (LDP)

14.9

 

 

Kato Katsunobu (LDP)

1.0

 

 

Kishida Fumio (LDP)

3.3

 

 

Koizumi Shinjiro (LDP)

8.8

 

 

Kono Taro (LDP)

14.5

 

 

Shimomura Hakubun (LDP)

0.3

 

 

Suga Yoshihide (LDP)

3.9

 

 

Noda Seiko (LDP)

1.6

 

 

Motegi Toshimitsu (LDP)

0.6

 

 

Edano Yukio (CDPJ)

5.0

 

 

Other

5.0

 

 

Don’t know

32.4

 

 

 

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

 

 

July

(June)

(May)

It has improved greatly

0.1

(0.3)

(0.3)

It has improved somewhat

2.7

(3.4)

(2.5)

It has not changed

73.4

(71.5)

(72.4)

It has worsened somewhat

20.3

(20.3)

(21.4)

It has worsened greatly

3.2

(4.1)

(3.1)

Don’t know

0.3

(0.5)

(0.2)

 

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

 

 

July

(June)

(May)

They have stabilized

12.2

(12.9)

(11.9)

They will go up in the future

73.1

(70.5)

(70.6)

They will go down from now

4.6

(4.8)

(5.3)

Don’t know

10.1

(11.8)

(12.2)

 

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

 

 

July

(June)

(May)

It has definitely improved

(0.2)

(–)

It has improved somewhat

2.9

(3.0)

(2.2)

It has remained the same

42.4

(39.9)

(32.5)

It has worsened somewhat

40.8

(43.0)

(48.9)

It has definitely worsened

9.8

(10.1)

(12.8)

Don’t know

4.1

(3.9)

(3.6)

 

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

 

 

July

(June)

(May)

It will improve

5.8

(7.1)

(6.1)

It will remain the same

58.3

(56.2)

(53.4)

It will worsen

29.4

(29.4)

(32.7)

Don’t know

6.4

(7.3)

(7.8)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you like.

 

 

July

(June)

(May)

United States of America

49.3

(48.0)

(49.0)

Russia

1.9

(2.3)

(2.1)

United Kingdom

37.8

(39.7)

(38.8)

France

31.3

(34.1)

(33.2)

Germany

32.3

(29.1)

(33.3)

Switzerland

33.3

(35.7)

(35.2)

India

5.2

(4.3)

(4.7)

China

1.8

(1.9)

(1.8)

South Korea

6.6

(8.9)

(7.4)

North Korea

0.2

(0.1)

(0.2)

None/Don’t know

18.7

(19.5)

(18.5)

             Simple total

218.5

(223.6)

(224.1)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you dislike.

 

 

July

(June)

(May)

United States of America

3.1

(2.0)

(3.1)

Russia

21.0

(19.6)

(17.1)

United Kingdom

0.4

(0.4)

(1.2)

France

0.2

(0.1)

(0.5)

Germany

0.7

(0.5)

(0.8)

Switzerland

0.2

(0.3)

(0.6)

India

2.2

(3.2)

(2.6)

China

66.4

(64.7)

(68.4)

South Korea

41.0

(40.6)

(44.9)

North Korea

75.0

(77.1)

(78.7)

None/Don’t know

14.3

(13.3)

(11.8)

             Simple total

224.6

(221.7)

(229.6)

 

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.

 

 

July

(June)

(May)

United States of America

78.9

(79.2)

(82.5)

Canada

3.3

(4.6)

(3.8)

Russia

8.8

(9.1)

(9.4)

Other FSU (former Soviet Union)

0.6

(0.6)

(0.7)

Europe

17.1

(17.1)

(15.9)

India

16.4

(16.9)

(15.2)

China

56.6

(53.2)

(56.4)

Taiwan

14.1

(15.1)

(13.5)

South Korea

17.2

(19.6)

(16.9)

North Korea

3.7

(4.3)

(5.4)

Southeast Asia 

14.6

(16.3)

(14.5)

Latin America

1.3

(1.2)

(0.9)

Middle East

2.9

(3.7)

(4.1)

Africa

2.7

(2.3)

(1.7)

Oceania

2.6

(2.3)

(3.5)

Don’t know

8.3

(7.7)

(6.9)

             Simple total

249.1

(253.1)

(251.3)

 

Polling methodology (July 2021): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of July 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 1,258 people for a valid response rate of 62.9%. Composition: men, 52.3%; women, 47.7%; age 18–29, 9.0%; 30–39, 15.3%; 40–49, 17.0%; 50–59, 17.3%; 60–69, 15.6%; age 70 and over, 25.8%.

 

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%.

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