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Highlights of November 2021 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll

  • December 1, 2021
  • , Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll Bulletin , [No. 1682] – pp. 8–11
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Questions & answers (%)

The November survey was conducted over the four-day period of Nov. 5–8, 2021. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the interview-based surveys conducted on Oct. 8–11, 2021 (middle column) and on Sept. 10–13, 2021 (right column).

 

Q: What policies would you like to see the government prioritize going forward? (multiple responses permitted)

 

 

Nov.

 

 

Diplomacy and security

35.1

 

 

The environment and energy

44.2

 

 

Administrative reform and fiscal reconstruction

25.7

 

 

Economy and jobs

61.4

 

 

Constitutional amendment

12.5

 

 

Childrearing support and education

44.2

 

 

COVID-19 countermeasures

41.1

 

 

Pensions, medical care, and nursing care

69.7

 

 

Other

1.8

 

 

Don’t know

1.7

 

 

 

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

 

 

Nov.

 

 

Yes

46.6

 

 

No

32.0

 

 

Undecided + Don’t know

21.4

 

 

 

Q: Are you concerned by the relaxation of restrictions on people’s movement in terms of eating out, attending events, and traveling?

 

 

Nov.

 

 

Very concerned

13.5

 

 

Somewhat concerned

50.6

 

 

Not very concerned

25.6

 

 

Not concerned at all

8.0

 

 

Don’t know

2.4

 

 

Concerned (total)

64.1

 

 

Not concerned (total)

33.5

 

 

 

Q: Select the item below that is closer to your view on the government’s economic policies.

 

 

Nov.

 

 

Economic measures should be prioritized even if that means the national debt increases

33.1

 

 

Fiscal reconstruction should be prioritized so that the national debt does not increase

55.8

 

 

Undecided + Don’t know

11.1

 

 

 

Q: Do you approve of the marriage of Komuro Kei and Mako, the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko?

 

 

Nov.

 

 

Yes

43.7

 

 

No

26.5

 

 

Undecided + Don’t know

29.8

 

 

 

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

 

 

Nov.

(Oct.)

(Sept.)

It has improved greatly

0.4

(0.2)

(0.1)

It has improved somewhat

3.4

(4.5)

(3.4)

It has not changed

73.1

(72.8)

(74.2)

It has worsened somewhat

20.6

(19.6)

(20.3)

It has worsened greatly

2.4

(2.5)

(1.9)

Don’t know

0.2

(0.4)

(0.2)

 

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

 

 

Nov.

(Oct.)

(Sept.)

They have stabilized

7.6

(8.5)

(10.7)

They will go up in the future

82.0

(80.2)

(73.9)

They will go down from now

3.1

(3.5)

(5.2)

Don’t know

7.4

(7.7)

(10.2)

 

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

 

 

Nov.

(Oct.)

(Sept.)

It has definitely improved

0.2

(0.1)

(0.2)

It has improved somewhat

11.7

(9.4)

(2.7)

It has remained the same

50.1

(46.6)

(44.7)

It has worsened somewhat

28.4

(33.9)

(40.0)

It has definitely worsened

5.2

(5.6)

(8.0)

Don’t know

4.5

(4.5)

(4.4)

 

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

 

 

Nov.

(Oct.)

(Sept.)

It will improve

10.0

(7.8)

(7.2)

It will remain the same

56.2

(56.1)

(58.1)

It will worsen

27.3

(29.2)

(27.7)

Don’t know

6.5

(6.8)

(7.0)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you like.

 

 

Nov.

(Oct.)

(Sept.)

United States of America

49.6

(51.2)

(48.2)

Russia

2.1

(2.4)

(2.2)

United Kingdom

40.3

(41.3)

(39.1)

France

35.5

(36.4)

(35.5)

Germany

30.9

(30.8)

(31.6)

Switzerland

33.6

(36.7)

(35.9)

India

5.8

(5.1)

(3.4)

China

2.3

(1.2)

(1.4)

South Korea

8.5

(7.1)

(6.2)

North Korea

0.2

(0.2)

(0.2)

None/Don’t know

17.2

(17.7)

(19.6)

             Simple total

226.1

(230.0)

(223.5)

 

Q: Name up to three countries that you dislike.

 

 

Nov.

(Oct.)

(Sept.)

United States of America

2.3

(2.1)

(2.2)

Russia

20.9

(18.5)

(18.7)

United Kingdom

0.6

(0.8)

(0.5)

France

0.5

(0.5)

(0.5)

Germany

1.3

(1.0)

(1.3)

Switzerland

0.3

(0.3)

(0.4)

India

2.3

(3.4)

(2.4)

China

66.2

(66.7)

(65.8)

South Korea

41.4

(43.3)

(43.7)

North Korea

79.6

(80.5)

(79.1)

None/Don’t know

12.1

(11.3)

(13.2)

             Simple total

227.6

(228.4)

(227.8)

 

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.

 

 

Nov.

(Oct.)

(Sept.)

United States of America

79.0

(78.7)

(78.3)

Canada

3.7

(3.2)

(3.3)

Russia

8.3

(9.9)

(10.1)

Other FSU (former Soviet Union)

0.5

(0.4)

(0.4)

Europe

16.1

(15.7)

(17.3)

India

16.9

(15.8)

(15.0)

China

57.6

(60.1)

(58.3)

Taiwan

15.4

(15.1)

(13.2)

South Korea

17.0

(15.1)

(17.1)

North Korea

5.8

(7.8)

(4.8)

Southeast Asia 

14.2

(17.3)

(17.3)

Latin America

1.4

(1.2)

(1.2)

Middle East

4.3

(4.1)

(4.2)

Africa

2.4

(3.0)

(2.5)

Oceania

2.7

(3.1)

(1.7)

Don’t know

7.3

(6.5)

(8.0)

             Simple total

252.6

(257.0)

(252.6)

 

Polling methodology (November 2021): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of Nov. 5–8, 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 1,270 people for a valid response rate of 63.5%. Composition: men, 52.1%; women, 47.9%; age 18–29, 10.4%; 30–39, 14.5%; 40–49, 15.4%; 50–59, 18.0%; 60–69, 16.3%; age 70 and over, 25.4%.

 

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%.

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