The Mansfield Asian Opinion Poll Database

ABOUT THESE OPINION POLLS

Welcome to the Mansfield Asian Opinion Poll Database (AOPD), a reference for researchers and others to help monitor key public opinion trends in Northeast Asia. Since launching the AOPD in 2006, the Mansfield Foundation has collected and translated hundreds of top-of-the line opinion polls on key policy-related issues from major media organizations and other agencies in Japan, South Korea, and China. Most of these polls were previously not available in English or on a central site on the Internet.

Although the content of polls may vary, the database focuses on issues of salient importance to policy making and regional diplomacy, such as:

  • Attitudes toward the United States and other nations in Northeast Asia
  • Perceptions of China’s rising power and potential North Korean threat
  • Perceptions of the U.S.-Japan and U.S.-South Korea alliances
  • Regional economic competition
  • Domestic political trends; support for governments and administrations

The Foundation regularly updates and archives the polling data on our website. Polls are organized by year and by topic. In addition, we post supplemental commentary and analysis of the polls by experts in the Asia policy field.

We are honored that the following agencies and news organizations signed on as charter partners of the project when it was launched: The Cabinet Office of Japan (Japan); the Nikkei Shimbun (Japan); the Asahi Shimbun (Japan); Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan); Mainichi Shimbun (Japan); East Asia Institute (South Korea); the Dong-A Ilbo (South Korea); the Monthly Joong-Ang Magazine (South Korea); and the Horizon Research Consultancy Group (China). We look forward to expanding our partnerships with media organizations to increase our set of surveys from the region.

The U.S.-Japan Foundation has provided generous grant support for this project. In addition, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership provided a generous grant to help launch this project.

Latest Polls

Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (10/07/14)

Key Issues:
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe
  • Abduction Issues between Japan and North Korea
  • Views on Abe's “Recreation of Countryside” policy
 

Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (09/08/14)

Key Issues:  
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe
  • Views on Prime Minister Abe's reformed cabinet
 

Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (08/29/14)

Key Issues:  
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe
  • Views on increasing female workers in corporations and governments
  • Views on prenatal diagnosis
 

Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (07/29/14)

Key Issues:
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe's foreign and economic policies
  • Views on nuclear power plants

Asan Public Opinion Report (July 2014)

Key Issues: Asan Opinion Report written by Choi Kang, Kim Jiyoon, Karl Friedhoff, Kang Chungku, Lee Euicheol. This report covers South Korean attitudes towards China in light of the Korea-China summit in Seoul.

Genron NPO – the 10th Japan-China Public Opinion Poll

Key Issues: Joint opinion polls conducted by the Genron NPO and China Daily. This report covers perceptions of the Japanese and Chinese public toward each other, views on historic and territorial issues and more.

Asahi Shimbun Emergency Public Opinion Poll (07/06/14)

Key Issues:
  • Support for Abe’s Allowance of Collective Self-Defense
  • Abduction Issues between Japan and North Korea

Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (06/23/14)

Key Issues:
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe
  • Support for Abe's economic and foreign policies
  • Japan's Collective Self-Defense

Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (05/26/14)

Key Issues:
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe
  • Support for Collective Self-Defense
  • Interest in 2014 Brazil World Cup

Asan Public Opinion Report (04/21/14)

Key Issues: Asan Opinion Report written by Choi Kang, Kim Jiyoon, Karl Friedhoff, Kang Chungku, Lee Euicheol. This report covers South Korean attitudes attitudes towards the Korea-U.S. alliance as well as Northeast Asia.

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