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OPINION POLLS

Highlights of August 2021 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll

Questions & answers (%)

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the interview-based surveys conducted on July 9–12, 2021 (middle column) and on June 11–14, 2021 (right column).

 

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

 

 

Aug.

(July)

(June)

Yes

25.7

(22.7)

(23.2)

No

55.2

(59.1)

(55.1)

Undecided + Don’t know

19.1

(18.2)

(21.7)

 

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

 

 

Aug.

(July)

(June)

Smoothly

16.3

(17.7)

(20.0)

Slowly

72.4

(71.5)

(69.4)

Undecided + Don’t know

11.3

(10.8)

(10.5)

 

Q: If you could be vaccinated against COVID-19, what would you do? Select only one response from the below. For those who have already received a vaccination, please indicate if you have had one or two shots.

 

 

Aug.

 

 

I have had the second shot

46.2

 

 

I have had the first shot

13.0

 

 

I would be vaccinated immediately

23.3

 

 

I would wait and see how things go for a while

13.8

 

 

I would not get vaccinated

3.4

 

 

Don’t know

0.4

 

 

 

Q: Do you think it was appropriate to hold the Tokyo Olympic Games?

 

 

Aug.

 

 

Yes

38.0

 

 

No

35.5

 

 

Undecided + Don’t know

26.5

 

 

 

Q: The Tokyo Olympic Games were held without spectators at the venues for most events. How do you think the Paralympic Games should be handled? Select only one response from the below.

 

 

Aug.

 

 

The Paralympics should be held with spectators at the venues

6.7

 

 

They should be held without spectators

68.1

 

 

They should be postponed or canceled

20.9

 

 

Don’t know

4.3

 

 

 

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

 

 

Aug.

(July)

(June)

It has improved greatly

0.2

(0.1)

(0.3)

It has improved somewhat

2.9

(2.7)

(3.4)

It has not changed

73.4

(73.4)

(71.5)

It has worsened somewhat

19.5

(20.3)

(20.3)

It has worsened greatly

3.8

(3.2)

(4.1)

Don’t know

0.2

(0.3)

(0.5)

 

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

 

 

Aug.

(July)

(June)

They have stabilized

11.6

(12.2)

(12.9)

They will go up in the future

71.3

(73.1)

(70.5)

They will go down from now

5.0

(4.6)

(4.8)

Don’t know

12.1

(10.1)

(11.8)

 

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

 

 

Aug.

(July)

(June)

It has definitely improved

0.1

(–)

(0.2)

It has improved somewhat

3.4

(2.9)

(3.0)

It has remained the same

42.6

(42.4)

(39.9)

It has worsened somewhat

41.5

(40.8)

(43.0)

It has definitely worsened

8.5

(9.8)

(10.1)

Don’t know

4.0

(4.1)

(3.9)

 

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

 

 

Aug.

(July)

(June)

It will improve

6.8

(5.8)

(7.1)

It will remain the same

56.6

(58.3)

(56.2)

It will worsen

31.6

(29.4)

(29.4)

Don’t know

5.1

(6.4)

(7.3)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you like.

 

 

Aug.

(July)

(June)

United States of America

52.5

(49.3)

(48.0)

Russia

2.9

(1.9)

(2.3)

United Kingdom

41.3

(37.8)

(39.7)

France

33.8

(31.3)

(34.1)

Germany

30.3

(32.3)

(29.1)

Switzerland

36.2

(33.3)

(35.7)

India

4.4

(5.2)

(4.3)

China

1.7

(1.8)

(1.9)

South Korea

4.7

(6.6)

(8.9)

North Korea

(0.2)

(0.1)

None/Don’t know

19.5

(18.7)

(19.5)

             Simple total

227.3

(218.5)

(223.6)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you dislike.

 

 

Aug.

(July)

(June)

United States of America

1.6

(3.1)

(2.0)

Russia

17.7

(21.0)

(19.6)

United Kingdom

0.7

(0.4)

(0.4)

France

0.4

(0.2)

(0.1)

Germany

1.3

(0.7)

(0.5)

Switzerland

0.5

(0.2)

(0.3)

India

3.3

(2.2)

(3.2)

China

64.6

(66.4)

(64.7)

South Korea

47.1

(41.0)

(40.6)

North Korea

76.1

(75.0)

(77.1)

None/Don’t know

13.4

(14.3)

(13.3)

             Simple total

226.8

(224.6)

(221.7)

 

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.

 

 

Aug.

(July)

(June)

United States of America

79.2

(78.9)

(79.2)

Canada

3.8

(3.3)

(4.6)

Russia

9.4

(8.8)

(9.1)

Other FSU (former Soviet Union)

0.5

(0.6)

(0.6)

Europe

18.7

(17.1)

(17.1)

India

16.9

(16.4)

(16.9)

China

53.9

(56.6)

(53.2)

Taiwan

15.2

(14.1)

(15.1)

South Korea

17.1

(17.2)

(19.6)

North Korea

4.6

(3.7)

(4.3)

Southeast Asia 

17.3

(14.6)

(16.3)

Latin America

1.4

(1.3)

(1.2)

Middle East

2.8

(2.9)

(3.7)

Africa

3.0

(2.7)

(2.3)

Oceania

3.1

(2.6)

(2.3)

Don’t know

7.3

(8.3)

(7.7)

             Simple total

254.1

(249.1)

(253.1)

 

Polling methodology (August 2021): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of Aug. 6–9, 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 1,280 people for a valid response rate of 64.0%. Composition: men, 53.5%; women, 46.5%; age 18–29, 9.7%; 30–39, 15.7%; 40–49, 16.3%; 50–59, 15.5%; 60–69, 15.8%; age 70 and over, 27.0%.

 

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%.

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