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 (05/19/2015)

Key Issues:
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe
  • Views on Security Policy
  • Views on nuclear power plants

Asahi Shinbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (04/21/2015)

Key Issues:
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe
  • Views on Okinawa

Asahi Shinbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (03/17/2015)

Key Issues:
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe
  • Views on political contribution
  • Views on local government

Asahi Shinbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (02/17/2015)

Key Issues:
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe
  • Views on Fukushima
  • Views on Prime Minister’s talk on historical issues

Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (01/20/2015)

Key Issues:
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe
  • Views on improvements in Japan's economy
  • Views on lowering the voting age

Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (12/01/2014)

Key Issues:
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe's policies
  • Important policy issues for the next election

Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (11/24/2014)

Key Issues:
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe
  • Interest in the next election
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe's economic, security and nuclear policies

Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (11/21/2014)

Key Issues:
  • Support for Prime Minister's policies
  • Views on rise in consumption tax

Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (11/11/2014)

Key Issues:
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe
  • Support for consumption tax increase
  • Views on restarting nuclear power plants

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
 

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