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Highlights of October 2021 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll

Questions & answers (%)

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the interview-based surveys conducted on Sept. 10–13 (middle column) and on Aug. 6–9, 2021 (right column).

 

Q: Do you approve of the new Kishida cabinet and Liberal Democratic Party’s leadership lineup?

 

 

Oct.

 

 

Yes

21.9

 

 

No

30.3

 

 

Undecided + Don’t know

47.8

 

 

 

Q: Do you think the new Prime Minister should continue with Abenomics, the economic policy pursued by former Prime Ministers Abe Shinzo and Suga Yoshihide?

 

 

Oct.

 

 

Prime Minister Kishida should continue with Abenomics

14.7

 

 

Prime Minister Kishida should review economic policies

62.5

 

 

Undecided + Don’t know

22.8

 

 

 

Q: Do you approve of moving forward with relaxing restrictions on people’s movement provided they carry a certificate proving they have been inoculated against COVID-19?

 

 

Oct.

 

 

Yes

61.5

 

 

No

20.6

 

 

Undecided + Don’t know

17.9

 

 

 

Q: What policies will you prioritize the most in deciding how to vote in the upcoming Lower House election? Select as many as you wish from the list below.

 

 

Oct.

 

 

Diplomacy and security

35.5

 

 

The environment and energy

29.2

 

 

Administrative reform and fiscal reconstruction

27.1

 

 

Economy and jobs

62.5

 

 

Constitutional amendment

10.2

 

 

Childrearing support and education

38.3

 

 

COVID-19 countermeasures

44.6

 

 

Pensions, medical care, and nursing care

60.2

 

 

Other

1.0

 

 

Don’t know

3.9

 

 

 

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

 

 

Oct.

(Sept.)

 

Liberal Democratic Party

43.6

(49.9)

 

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan

11.8

(10.8)

 

Komeito

5.9

(6.2)

 

Japanese Communist Party

3.2

(3.7)

 

Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party)

3.6

(4.5)

 

Democratic Party for the People

1.6

(0.6)

 

Social Democratic Party

0.5

(0.3)

 

NHK Party

0.4

(0.2)

 

Reiwa Shinsengumi

0.3

(0.5)

 

Another political party

0.9

(0.6)

 

Don’t know

28.3

(22.5)

 

 

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

 

 

Oct.

(Sept.)

(Aug.)

It has improved greatly

0.2

(0.1)

(0.2)

It has improved somewhat

4.5

(3.4)

(2.9)

It has not changed

72.8

(74.2)

(73.4)

It has worsened somewhat

19.6

(20.3)

(19.5)

It has worsened greatly

2.5

(1.9)

(3.8)

Don’t know

0.4

(0.2)

(0.2)

 

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

 

 

Oct.

(Sept.)

(Aug.)

They have stabilized

8.5

(10.7)

(11.6)

They will go up in the future

80.2

(73.9)

(71.3)

They will go down from now

3.5

(5.2)

(5.0)

Don’t know

7.7

(10.2)

(12.1)

 

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

 

 

Oct.

(Sept.)

(Aug.)

It has definitely improved

0.1

(0.2)

(0.1)

It has improved somewhat

9.4

(2.7)

(3.4)

It has remained the same

46.6

(44.7)

(42.6)

It has worsened somewhat

33.9

(40.0)

(41.5)

It has definitely worsened

5.6

(8.0)

(8.5)

Don’t know

4.5

(4.4)

(4.0)

 

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

 

 

Oct.

(Sept.)

(Aug.)

It will improve

7.8

(7.2)

(6.8)

It will remain the same

56.1

(58.1)

(56.6)

It will worsen

29.2

(27.7)

(31.6)

Don’t know

6.8

(7.0)

(5.1)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you like.

 

 

Oct.

(Sept.)

(Aug.)

United States of America

51.2

(48.2)

(52.5)

Russia

2.4

(2.2)

(2.9)

United Kingdom

41.3

(39.1)

(41.3)

France

36.4

(35.5)

(33.8)

Germany

30.8

(31.6)

(30.3)

Switzerland

36.7

(35.9)

(36.2)

India

5.1

(3.4)

(4.4)

China

1.2

(1.4)

(1.7)

South Korea

7.1

(6.2)

(4.7)

North Korea

0.2

(0.2)

(–)

None/Don’t know

17.7

(19.6)

(19.5)

             Simple total

230.0

(223.5)

(227.3)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you dislike.

 

 

Oct.

(Sept.)

(Aug.)

United States of America

2.1

(2.2)

(1.6)

Russia

18.5

(18.7)

(17.7)

United Kingdom

0.8

(0.5)

(0.7)

France

0.5

(0.5)

(0.4)

Germany

1.0

(1.3)

(1.3)

Switzerland

0.3

(0.4)

(0.5)

India

3.4

(2.4)

(3.3)

China

66.7

(65.8)

(64.6)

South Korea

43.3

(43.7)

(47.1)

North Korea

80.5

(79.1)

(76.1)

None/Don’t know

11.3

(13.2)

(13.4)

             Simple total

228.4

(227.8)

(226.8)

 

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.

 

 

Oct.

(Sept.)

(Aug.)

United States of America

78.7

(78.3)

(79.2)

Canada

3.2

(3.3)

(3.8)

Russia

9.9

(10.1)

(9.4)

Other FSU (former Soviet Union)

0.4

(0.4)

(0.5)

Europe

15.7

(17.3)

(18.7)

India

15.8

(15.0)

(16.9)

China

60.1

(58.3)

(53.9)

Taiwan

15.1

(13.2)

(15.2)

South Korea

15.1

(17.1)

(17.1)

North Korea

7.8

(4.8)

(4.6)

Southeast Asia 

17.3

(17.3)

(17.3)

Latin America

1.2

(1.2)

(1.4)

Middle East

4.1

(4.2)

(2.8)

Africa

3.0

(2.5)

(3.0)

Oceania

3.1

(1.7)

(3.1)

Don’t know

6.5

(8.0)

(7.3)

             Simple total

257.0

(252.6)

(254.1)

 

Polling methodology (October 2021): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of Oct. 8–11, 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 1,279 people for a valid response rate of 64.0%. Composition: men, 50.7%; women, 49.3%; age 18–29, 9.2%; 30–39, 13.7%; 40–49, 17.4%; 50–59, 18.5%; 60–69, 15.1%; age 70 and over, 26.1%.

 

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%.

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