Japanese poll: November 14 – 17, 2008, U.S. poll: November 14 – 23, 2008
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%)
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).
Japanese poll conducted by
U.S. poll conducted by
*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:
|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 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|
|Do not know/No answer||2.8||–|
Q2. How would you rate relations between the U.S. and Japan at present?
|Do not know/No answer||5.0||6.4|
Q3. How much do you trust the U.S. (Japan)?
|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?
|If I were to choose, has heightened||2.6||11.2|
|If I were to choose, has lessened||14.2||33.3|
|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?
|Stay the same||51.1||32.3|
|Get somewhat worse||10.7||8.6|
|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?
|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?
|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?
|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.)?
|The U.S. (Japan only)||25.2||–|
|Japan (the U.S. only)||–||28.4|
|Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)||12.1||33.8|
|European Union (EU)||6.3||12.9|
|Central and South Pacific nations, such as Australia and New Zealand||2.7||5.6|
|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?
|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)?
|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?”
|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?
|If I were to choose, for||13.7||28.8|
|If I were to choose, against||9.9||15.4|
|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?
|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|
|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?
|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?
|Do not know/No answer||4.4||2.2|
Q17. How much do you trust China?
|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?
|The U.S. (Japan only)||46.3||–|
|Japan (U.S. only)||–||42.8|
|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?
|The U.S. (Japan only)||32.6||–|
|Japan (U.S. only)||–||31.6|
|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?
|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?
|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|