Japan-U.S. Joint Opinion Poll December 2008 (08-33)

Dates Conducted

Japanese poll: November 14 – 17, 2008, U.S. poll: November 14 – 23, 2008

Methodology

Japan:

Nationwide poll.  RDD (random digit dialing) with follow-up telephone interview.
Numbers selected for dialing: 6200
Households confirmed with an eligible voter: 1850
Random selection of one eligible voter per household.
Valid responses: 1025 (Response rate of households with eligible voters = 55.4%)

 

U.S.

Nationwide two-stage stratified random sampling of eligible voters 18 years of age and older.  RDD telephone interview.  Responses: 1010 (to make representative of all U.S. eligible voters, tabulation is weighted).

 

Background

Japanese poll conducted by
Yomiuri Shimbun

U.S. poll conducted by
Gallup, Inc.

Survey

*All numbers are percentages
* Words in parentheses were conducted in the U.S. only.

Q1.  I am going to read some various institutions in Japanese (American) society.  Would you say that you “do” or “do not” have a lot of confidence in:

Japan The U.S.
The Prime Minister (The President of the U.S.) 21.2 45.5
The Japanese Diet (The U.S. Congress) 16.8 34.9
Police department and public prosecutors offices 35.8 73.5
The courts 45.7 58.7
The Self-Defense Forces (military) 29.2 90.5
Temples, shrines, and churches (Churches) 36.9 73.7
Government agencies (Federal government agencies) 16.3 42.5
Local governments 32.2 60.2
Schools 37.2 67.1
Hospitals 48.2 79.5
Newspapers 52.7 52.2
TV stations 36.0 48.9
Major corporations 21.1 28.0
Labor unions 23.7 44.0
Other 0.4 17.6
None/No other 14.3 0.7
Do not know/No answer 2.8

 

Q2.  How would you rate relations between the U.S. and Japan at present?

Japan The U.S.
Very good 1.4 10.3
Good 32.4 42.9
Just fair 29.4 31.8
Poor 28.8 6.2
Very poor 3.1 2.3
Do not know/No answer 5.0 6.4

 

Q3. How much do you trust the U.S. (Japan)?

Japan The U.S.
Very much 5.7 18.2
Some 26.0 48.9
Not very much 39.0 18.8
Not at all 20.5 11.2
Do not know/No answer 8.8 2.9

 

Q4. During the eight years of the Bush administration, do you think the confidence in the U.S. internationally has heightened or lowered?

Japan The U.S.
Heightened 3.3 3.5
If I were to choose, has heightened 2.6 11.2
If I were to choose, has lessened 14.2 33.3
Lessened 69.0 50.7
Do not know/No answer 11.0 1.3

 

Q5.  Barack Obama has been elected as the next president of the U.S.  Do you think the U.S.-Japanese relationship under the Obama administration will improve, worsen, or stay the same?

Japan The U.S.
Improve 2.1 10.4
Somewhat improve 25.7 39.8
Stay the same 51.1 32.3
Get somewhat worse 10.7 8.6
Worsen 0.1 3.8
Do not know/No answer 10.3 5.1

 

Q6.  Iraq’s reconstruction and maintenance of peace and order efforts have been led by the U.S.  Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with these efforts?

Japan The U.S.
Very satisfied 1.1 11.0
Somewhat satisfied 6.8 33.2
Somewhat dissatisfied 35.9 25.9
Very dissatisfied 43.5 28.8
Do not know/No answer 12.8 1.1

 

Q7.  The U.S. fell into a financial crisis due to home loans [sub prime loans] issued to low-income earners.  Do you think trust in the U.S. economy due to the financial crisis has lessened or not lessened?

Japan The U.S.
Greatly lessened 63.9 53.1
Somewhat lessened 19.2 32.0
Did not lessen very much 5.4 11.5
Did not lessen 3.5 2.7
Do not know/No answer 8.1 0.7

 

Q8.  To what extent do you think the U.S. financial crisis will worsen the environment of the world economy?

Japan The U.S.
Greatly worsen 62.8 55.0
Somewhat worsen 20.3 35.4
Not worsen very much 3.1 6.4
Not worsen at all 1.0 1.8
Do not know/No answer 12.8 1.4

Q9.  Which countries or regions do you think will become a military threat to Japan (the U.S.)?

Japan The U.S.
The U.S. (Japan only) 25.2
Japan (the U.S. only) 28.4
Korea 19.9 30.5
China 58.8 63.1
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) 12.1 33.8
European Union (EU) 6.3 12.9
Russia 43.1 59.8
Taiwan 5.8 13.4
North Korea 74.1 65.2
India 12.2 11.9
Middle East 24.8 76.2
Central and South Pacific nations, such as Australia and New Zealand 2.7 5.6
Africa 4.1 16.5
Latin America 6.7 16.8
Other 0.2 21.3
None/No other 7.4 6.4
Do not know/No answer 5.2

 

Q10.  To what extent do you think the U.S.-Japan Security Agreement contributes to the security of the Asian-Pacific region?

Japan The U.S.
Contributes greatly 23.5 18.9
Contributes somewhat 36.2 58.3
Does not contribute very much 16.5 11.0
Does not contribute at all 7.0 3.4
Do not know/No answer 16.8 8.4

 

Q11.  Do you feel anxious that a terrorist attack such as the one in September 2001 in the U.S. will occur in Japan (the U.S. again)?

Japan The U.S.
Greatly anxious 19.3 26.1
Somewhat anxious 39.8 43.1
Not very anxious 22.1 17.7
Not anxious at all 16.0 12.7
Do not know/No answer 2.7 0.5

 

Q12.  Do you think Japan is contributing or not contributing to the worldwide “fight against terrorism?”

Japan The U.S.
Contributing greatly 13.4 5.1
Somewhat contributing 35.6 39.5
Does not contribute very much 27.4 35.6
Does not contribute at all 12.4 13.7
Do not know/No answer 11.1 6.1

 

Q13. Japan is currently providing fuel to ships of the allied forces in the Indian Ocean.  Are you for or against continuing refueling efforts?

Japan The U.S.
For 29.8 30.1
If I were to choose, for 13.7 28.8
If I were to choose, against 9.9 15.4
Against 33.7 18.1
Do not know/No answer 12.9 7.6

 

Q14.  Regarding North Korea, which issues should the U.S. and Japanese governments, working in cooperation, give priority to resolving?

Japan The U.S.
Getting North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program 89.1 89.9
Getting North Korea to end its missile program and its missile launch 85.0 85.9
Resolving the cases involving the abduction of Japanese citizens by North Korea 87.1 69.9
Normalizing diplomatic relations between Japan and North Korea (Japan only) 45.2
Normalizing diplomatic relations between the U.S. and North Korea (U.S. only) 80.3
Providing economic aid to North Korea 24.5 32.5
Changing North Korea’s political and economic systems 49.1 59.8
Other 0.6 6.7
None/No other 1.4 2.3
Do not know/No answer 2.1

 

Q15.  Regarding the North Korea, do you think the U.S. and Japan are successfully cooperating with each other or not cooperating?

Japan The U.S.
Fully cooperating 2.5 17.4
Somewhat cooperating 13.9 36.4
Not cooperating very much 46.7 28.8
Not cooperating at all 30.4 6.0
Do not know/No answer 6.5 11.5

 

Q16.  How would you rate relations between Japan (U.S.) and China at present?

Japan The U.S.
Very good 1.0 4.9
Good 25.2 28.0
Just fair 28.7 49.4
Poor 37.3 10.8
Very poor 3.4 4.6
Do not know/No answer 4.4 2.2

 

Q17.  How much do you trust China?

Japan The U.S.
Very much 1.6 3.6
Some 13.4 34.4
Not very much 37.9 32.9
Not at all 39.2 28.6
Do not know/No answer 7.9 0.5

 

Q18.  Which country, the U.S. (Japan) or China, do you feel will be more important to Japan (the U.S.) in the future for “political” matters?

Japan The U.S.
The U.S. (Japan only) 46.3
Japan (U.S. only) 42.8
China 30.1 50.8
Both equally 13.1 2.2
Do not know/No answer 10.6 4.3

 

Q19.  Which country, the U.S. (Japan) or China, do you feel will be more important to Japan (the U.S.) in the future for “economic” matters?

Japan The U.S.
The U.S. (Japan only) 32.6
Japan (U.S. only) 31.6
China 48.5 62.6
Both equally 10.3 1.8
Do not know/No answer 8.6 4.1

 

Q20.  Do you think the Japanese (the U.S.) government has been proactive in their efforts to prevent global warming?

Japan The U.S.
Have been proactive 24.6 13.2
If I had to choose, have been proactive 22.3 37.0
If I had to choose, have not been proactive 15.5 21.4
Have not been proactive 32.1 25.9
Do not know/No answer 5.4 2.5

 

Q21.  Do you think the U.S. (the Japanese) government has been proactive in their efforts to prevent global warming?

Japan The U.S.
Have been proactive 8.5 12.9
If I had to choose, have been proactive 7.4 32.7
If I had to choose, have not been proactive 12.9 18.7
Have not been proactive 60.1 20.5
Do not know/No answer 11.1 15.2

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