Japanese Poll: November 15 – 18, 2007; U.S. Poll November 9 – 18, 2007
December 8 and 14 (Morning edition of Yomiuri Shimbun)
Japanese poll conducted by Yomiuri Shimbun
Nationwide poll. RDD (random digit dialing) with follow-up telephone interview.
Numbers selected for dialing: 6000
Households confirmed with an eligible voter: 1744
Random selection of one eligible voter per household.
Valid responses: 1021 (Response rate of households with eligible voters = 58.5%)
U.S. Poll conducted by Gallup, Inc.
Nationwide two-stage stratified random sampling of eligible voters 18 years of age and older. RDD telephone interview. Responses: 1000 (to make representative of all U.S. eligible voters, tabulation is weighted).
* The U.S. questions/responses are shown in parentheses.
Q1. If there are any Japanese (U.S.) domestic institutions and agencies you particularly trust from the following list, select as many as apply.
|Prime Minister (President)||40.4||36.2|
|The Diet (Congress)||23.2||31.9|
|Self Defense Forces (Military)||46.8||77.8|
|Gov’tMinistries and Agencies (FederalGov’tAgencies)||17.8||41.7|
Q2. Do you think the current state of U.S-Japan relations is good or bad?
|Can’t say either way||22.9||30.9|
Q3. Do you trust the U.S. ( Japan ) or not?
|Do not really trust||40.7||19.6|
|Do not trust at all||13.1||10.0|
Q4. Do you think U.S.-Japan relations under the newly-formed Fukuda administration will improve? Worsen? Or stay the same?
|Will improve greatly||0.7||2.5|
|Will not change||74.1||45.1|
|Will worsen greatly||0.8||1.7|
Q5. Please choose as many countries, regions, or organizations from the following that you think will become a threat militarily to Japan (U.S.).
Note: Oceania = Australia, New Zealand, etc.
Q6. Do you think the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty is contributing or not in the security of Asia and the Pacific regions?
|Does not really contribute||14.5||12.6|
|Does not contribute at all||4.0||6.6|
Q7. Currently, under the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty, there are numerous U.S. military bases in Japan . Do you think U.S. military forces stationed in Japan should be strengthened, maintained, or reduced? Or do you think U.S. forces should be withdrawn completely from Japan?
|Should be strengthened||1.3||8.1|
|Should be maintained||40.0||58.2|
|Should be reduced||42.2||12.1|
|Should be completely withdrawn||9.8||10.9|
Q8. Are you worried or not that a large-scale terrorist incident, like the terrorist attacks in the U.S. in September 2001, could happen in Japan (again in the U.S.)?
|Not really worried||20.7||13.8|
|Not worried at all||8.5||11.9|
Q9. Japan had sent Maritime Self Defense Force vessels to the Indian Ocean to carry out refueling activities in support of the multinational army fighting the war on terror in Afghanistan . However, the law permitting this activity expired on November 1, and their mission was brought to an end. Do you support or are you against the continuation of the Maritime Self Defense Force refueling activities?
Q10. On the issue of North Korea , what do you think the U.S. and Japanese governments should cooperate on and place the highest priority on addressing? Choose as many as apply from the following.
|Stop development of nuclear weapons||92.9||83.8|
|Stop development and launching of missiles||88.7||81.9|
|Resolution of abduction of Japanese nationals||87.0||61.1|
|Normalizing ties betweenJapanand N. Korea (Japanonly)||45.1||/|
|Normalizing ties betweenU.S.and N. Korea (U.S.only)||/||73.2|
|Economic assistance to North Korea||24.3||38.2|
|Reform of North Korean political/economic system||51.8||51.854.3|
Q11. Do you think the 6-party talks between Japan, the U.S., South Korea, China, Russia, and North Korea on the North Korean nuclear issue will result in North Korea abandoning its nuclear weapons/nuclear development or not?
Q.12 Recently, the U.S. has designated North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism and imposed economic sanctions, among other things. North Korea seeks removal from the U.S. terrorism list, but the Japanese government wants the U.S. to keep North Korea on the list as long as the abduction of Japanese nationals goes unresolved. Do you think the U.S. should keep North Korea on its list of terror-supporting countries until the abduction issue is resolved or not?
Q13. Do you think current relations between Japan ( U.S. ) and China are good? Bad?
|Can’t say either way||26.9||45.3|
Q14. Do you trust China or not?
|Do not really trust||45.1||34.4|
|Do not trust at all||28.9||25.1|
Q15. Between the U.S. ( Japan ) and China , which country do you think will become more important politically to Japan (U.S.) in the future?
Q16. Between the U.S. ( Japan ) and China , which country do you think will become more important economically to Japan (U.S.) in the future?
Q17. Are you concerned or not about the safety of imports from China?
|Not really concerned||4.0||9.6|
|Not concerned at all||0.7||7.8|
Q18. In August of next year, the Olympics will be held in Beijing , China . Do you think the management of the Beijing Olympics will go well?
Q19. Are you concerned or not about the progression of global warming due to the increase of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from oil/coal consumption?
|Not really concerned||4.4||9.3|
|Not concerned at all||1.3||10.9|
Q20. The U.S. has withdrawn from the Kyoto Protocol, which many countries have joined in an effort to prevent global warming. Do you think the U.S. should participate in a new international agreement to prevent global warming?