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 (05/26/14)

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.

Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (04/21/14)

Key Issues:  
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe
  • Reinterpretation of the Constitution
  • Support for scientific whaling
 

Asahi Shimbun Special Public Opinion Poll (04/07/14)

Key Issues:  
  • Amending Article 9 of the Constitution
  • Japan's Self-Defense Forces
  • Support for Japan's Collective Defense
 

Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (03/18/14)

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

Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (02/28/14)

Key Issues:  
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe
  • Prime Minister Abe's foreign policies toward China and South Korea
  • Regional education systems
 

Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (01/28/14)

Key Issues:
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe
  • U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma
  • Reopening nuclear power plants
 

Asahi Shimbun Nationwide Emergency Opinion Poll (12/08/13)

Key Issues:
  • Passing of the Special Secrecy Law

Asahi Shimbun Nationwide Emergency Opinion Poll (12/02/13)

Key Issues:
  • Passing of the Special Secrecy Law in the House of Representatives

Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (11/12/13)

Key Issues:
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe
  • Special Secrecy Law
  • Japan’s participation in the TPP

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