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Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll on Global Warming

  • April 21, 2022
  • , Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll Bulletin , [1696] – pp. 1 and 4–6)
  • JMH Translation

According to the Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll on Global Warming, 90.2% of Japanese are concerned about global warming. This is roughly equivalent to the 91.2% found in the 2017 poll. When asked about the global warming countermeasures passed by the cabinet in October last year, only about 10% said that the target of lowering greenhouse gas emissions by 46% compared with FY2013 levels by FY2030 was attainable, whereas almost 70% said they thought otherwise.

 

The survey was conducted through individual interviews over a four-day period (March 11–14, 2022). For the survey, a total of 2,000 men and women aged 18 and over were sampled from across the nation. The valid response rate was 61.3%.

 

Questions & answers (%)

The most recent past poll on global warming was conducted in July 2017, and the results were published in the August 2017 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll Bulletin. The poll before that was conducted in July 2016 [and the results were published in the August 2016 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll Bulletin]. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted in 2017 (middle column) and the survey conducted in 2016 (right column).

 

Q: “Global warming,” the rise in the earth’s average temperature, has become a world issue. Are you concerned about global warming? Select one response from below.

 

 

2022

(2017)

(2016)

Concerned

55.0

(61.0)

(63.0)

Slightly concerned

35.2

(30.2)

(29.9)

Not very concerned

6.8

(5.8)

(5.1)

Not concerned

2.4

(2.1)

(2.0)

Don’t know

0.6

(1.0)

(0.1)

Concerned [total]

90.2

(91.2)

(92.8)

Not concerned [total]

9.2

(7.8)

(7.1)

 

Q: In October last year, the cabinet passed a plan for global warming countermeasures which set a midterm target of lowering greenhouse gas emissions by 46% compared with FY2013 levels by FY2030. Do you know about this plan? Select one response from below.

 

 

2022

 

 

I know what the [midterm] target is

25.1

 

 

I have heard of the plan

51.9

 

 

I do not know about the plan

23.0

 

 

 

Q: To achieve the target, various sectors are being called on to make efforts to reduce their emissions. Households, for example, are being asked to reduce their emissions by 66%. Do you think the target is attainable?

 

 

2022

 

 

Yes

12.1

 

 

No

68.6

 

 

Don’t know

19.3

 

 

 

Q: Are you taking any measures to prevent global warming?

 

 

2022

(2017)

(2016)

Yes

71.7

(75.9)

(75.8)

No

25.8

(22.3)

(23.1)

Don’t know

2.5

(1.8)

(1.0)

 

  • Q: (For those who said “yes” in response to the previous question) What concrete measures are you taking to prevent global warming? Select all that apply.

 

 

2022

(2017)

(2016)

I unplug electric appliances when they are not in use

41.0

(47.0)

(52.1)

I am careful to turn off lights when they are not in use

73.3

(76.7)

(80.9)

I set my heating/cooling system at a high temperature in the summer and a low temperature in the winter

55.0

(56.0)

(62.3)

I use public transportation rather than a car when I go out

14.9

(14.8)

(17.2)

I use a hybrid or electric vehicle

15.5

(12.5)

(10.9)

I conserve water when I wash the dishes or bathe

31.9

(29.2)

(35.8)

I do not leave the television on when I am not watching it

56.2

(60.0)

(62.0)

I bring my own shopping bag and do not take the bag offered at the cash register

81.4

(59.4)

(57.3)

I reduce my trash and recycle

59.1

(51.5)

(56.8)

I have installed solar panels on my house

9.8

(9.0)

(9.3)

When I purchase electric appliances, I select energy-efficient ones, like LED lights

44.2

(44.3)

(40.0)

I built or refurbished my house so that it has good insulation

11.3

(11.8)

(12.1)

I participate in “cool biz” and “warm biz”

22.7

(29.2)

(32.6)

Other

0.9

(0.6)

(0.6)

Don’t know

0.5

(0.1)

(0.1)

 

Q: What concrete measures are you thinking of taking to prevent global warming? Select all that apply.

 

 

2022

(2017)

(2016)

Unplugging electric appliances when they are not in use

33.9

(36.2)

(47.1)

Being careful to turn off lights when they are not in use

53.0

(52.5)

(61.8)

Setting my air conditioner at a high temperature in the summer and a low temperature in the winter

39.2

(36.4)

(48.9)

Using public transportation rather than a car when I go out

14.9

(14.1)

(17.4)

Using a hybrid or electric vehicle

23.8

(17.5)

(17.3)

Conserving water when I wash the dishes or bathe

24.2

(22.2)

(29.9)

Not leaving the television on when I am not watching it

42.8

(45.7)

(53.1)

Bringing my own shopping bag and not taking the bag offered at the cash register

51.0

(41.4)

(45.6)

Reducing my trash and recycling

50.2

(41.6)

(52.5)

Installing solar panels on my house

12.3

(11.0)

(11.5)

When purchasing electric appliances, selecting energy-efficient ones, like LED lights

34.5

(39.0)

(39.0)

Building or refurbishing my house so that it has good insulation

10.9

(11.0)

(12.3)

Participating in “cool biz” and “warm biz”

19.0

(22.2)

(26.2)

Other

1.7

(0.8)

(1.5)

Don’t know

5.8

(8.1)

(4.6)

 

Q: Last month, the European Commission, the European Union’s executive arm, announced it will recognize nuclear power as a generation method that contributes to global warming countermeasures. EU member countries are split on this issue. Do you approve of promoting nuclear power generation to prevent global warming?

 

 

2022

 

 

Yes

29.2

 

 

No

47.8

 

 

Don’t know

22.9

 

 

 

Polling methodology

 

2022: The survey was conducted over the four-day period of March 11–14, 2022, 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 1,225 people for a valid response rate of 61.3%. Composition: men, 54.0%; women, 46.0%; age 18–29, 9.9%; 30–39, 11.1%; 40–49, 18.8%; 50–59, 18.4%; 60–69, 15.4%; age 70 and over, 26.4%.

 

2017: The survey was conducted over the four-day period of July 7–10 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 1,301 people for a valid response rate of 65.1%.

 

2016: The survey was conducted over the four-day period of July 15–18 through individual interviews. For the survey, a total of 2,000 people were sampled from among men and women, aged 20 and over, across the nation. Valid responses were received from 1,296 people for a valid response rate of 64.8%.

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