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OPINION POLLS

Highlights of September 2021 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll

Questions & answers (%)

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the interview-based surveys conducted on Aug. 6–9 (middle column) and on July 9–12, 2021 (right column).

 

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

 

 

Sept.

(Aug.)

(July)

Yes

31.1

(25.7)

(22.7)

No

49.5

(55.2)

(59.1)

Undecided + Don’t know

19.4

(19.1)

(18.2)

 

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

 

 

Sept.

(Aug.)

(July)

Smoothly

27.1

(16.3)

(17.7)

Slow

61.3

(72.4)

(71.5)

Undecided + Don’t know

11.5

(11.3)

(10.8)

 

Q: Do you think Japan needs legislation to allow lockdowns?

 

 

Sept.

 

 

Yes

56.5

 

 

No

26.0

 

 

Undecided + Don’t know

17.5

 

 

 

Q: Who do you think would be appropriate to serve as the next Liberal Democratic Party president?

 

 

Sept.

 

 

Abe Shinzo

3.0

 

 

Ishiba Shigeru

17.1

 

 

Kato Katsunobu

0.2

 

 

Kishida Fumio

14.3

 

 

Koizumi Shinjiro

6.0

 

 

Kono Taro

31.6

 

 

Takaichi Sanae

7.2

 

 

Noda Seiko

0.9

 

 

Motegi Toshimitsu

0.5

 

 

Other

0.8

 

 

Don’t know

18.3

 

 

 

Q: Which political party do you intend to vote for in the proportional representation segment of the next Lower House election?

 

 

Sept.

 

 

Liberal Democratic Party

49.9

 

 

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan

10.8

 

 

Komeito

6.2

 

 

Japanese Communist Party

3.7

 

 

Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party)

4.5

 

 

Democratic Party for the People

0.6

 

 

Social Democratic Party

0.3

 

 

NHK Party

0.2

 

 

Reiwa Shinsengumi

0.5

 

 

Another political party

0.6

 

 

Don’t know

22.5

 

 

 

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

 

 

Sept.

(Aug.)

(July)

It has improved greatly

0.1

(0.2)

(0.1)

It has improved somewhat

3.4

(2.9)

(2.7)

It has not changed

74.2

(73.4)

(73.4)

It has worsened somewhat

20.3

(19.5)

(20.3)

It has worsened greatly

1.9

(3.8)

(3.2)

Don’t know

0.2

(0.2)

(0.3)

 

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

 

 

Sept.

(Aug.)

(July)

They have stabilized

10.7

(11.6)

(12.2)

They will go up in the future

73.9

(71.3)

(73.1)

They will go down from now

5.2

(5.0)

(4.6)

Don’t know

10.2

(12.1)

(10.1)

 

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

 

 

Sept.

(Aug.)

(July)

It has definitely improved

0.2

(0.1)

(–)

It has improved somewhat

2.7

(3.4)

(2.9)

It has remained the same

44.7

(42.6)

(42.4)

It has worsened somewhat

40.0

(41.5)

(40.8)

It has definitely worsened

8.0

(8.5)

(9.8)

Don’t know

4.4

(4.0)

(4.1)

 

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

 

 

Sept.

(Aug.)

(July)

It will improve

7.2

(6.8)

(5.8)

It will remain the same

58.1

(56.6)

(58.3)

It will worsen

27.7

(31.6)

(29.4)

Don’t know

7.0

(5.1)

(6.4)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you like.

 

 

Sept.

(Aug.)

(July)

United States of America

48.2

(52.5)

(49.3)

Russia

2.2

(2.9)

(1.9)

United Kingdom

39.1

(41.3)

(37.8)

France

35.5

(33.8)

(31.3)

Germany

31.6

(30.3)

(32.3)

Switzerland

35.9

(36.2)

(33.3)

India

3.4

(4.4)

(5.2)

China

1.4

(1.7)

(1.8)

South Korea

6.2

(4.7)

(6.6)

North Korea

0.2

(–)

(0.2)

None/Don’t know

19.6

(19.5)

(18.7)

             Simple total

223.5

(227.3)

(218.5)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you dislike.

 

 

Sept.

(Aug.)

(July)

United States of America

2.2

(1.6)

(3.1)

Russia

18.7

(17.7)

(21.0)

United Kingdom

0.5

(0.7)

(0.4)

France

0.5

(0.4)

(0.2)

Germany

1.3

(1.3)

(0.7)

Switzerland

0.4

(0.5)

(0.2)

India

2.4

(3.3)

(2.2)

China

65.8

(64.6)

(66.4)

South Korea

43.7

(47.1)

(41.0)

North Korea

79.1

(76.1)

(75.0)

None/Don’t know

13.2

(13.4)

(14.3)

             Simple total

227.8

(226.8)

(224.6)

 

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.

 

 

Sept.

(Aug.)

(July)

United States of America

78.3

(79.2)

(78.9)

Canada

3.3

(3.8)

(3.3)

Russia

10.1

(9.4)

(8.8)

Other FSU (former Soviet Union)

0.4

(0.5)

(0.6)

Europe

17.3

(18.7)

(17.1)

India

15.0

(16.9)

(16.4)

China

58.3

(53.9)

(56.6)

Taiwan

13.2

(15.2)

(14.1)

South Korea

17.1

(17.1)

(17.2)

North Korea

4.8

(4.6)

(3.7)

Southeast Asia 

17.3

(17.3)

(14.6)

Latin America

1.2

(1.4)

(1.3)

Middle East

4.2

(2.8)

(2.9)

Africa

2.5

(3.0)

(2.7)

Oceania

1.7

(3.1)

(2.6)

Don’t know

8.0

(7.3)

(8.3)

             Simple total

252.6

(254.1)

(249.1)

 

Polling methodology (September 2021): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of Sept. 10–13, 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, 50.6%; women, 49.4%; age 18–29, 9.7%; 30–39, 11.9%; 40–49, 17.4%; 50–59, 19.4%; 60–69, 15.2%; age 70 and over, 26.4%.

 

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%.

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