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 (10/7/13)

Key Issues:
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe
  • Abe’s economic policy
  • Tokyo bid for the Olympics

Asan Public Opinion Report – September 13, 2013

Key Issues: Asan Opinion Report written by Karl Friedhoff and Chungku Kang. This report covers South Korean attitudes on Japan. While public sentiment is negative, a recent survey finds that there is broad support for improving relations, including both  a Park-Abe Summit as well as the signing of GSOMIA. A shorter version of this piece initially appeared on Korea Real Time.

Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (9/10/13)

Key Issues:
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe
  • Support for the Abe administration’s measures for the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant
  • Opinions on the Japanese economy, including opinions on TPP
  • Japan-China relations

Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (8/24/13)

Key Issues:
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe
  • Domestic politics related to consumption tax
  • Yasukuni Shrine
  • Tokyo Bid for Olympics

Asan Public Opinion Brief – August 1-15, 2013

Key Issues: Asan Monthly Opinion Survey written by Jiyoon Kim, Chungku Kang, Eui Cheol Lee and Karl Friedhoff, covering survey results from August 1-15.  

Asan Public Opinion Report – July 24, 2013

Key Issues: Asan Monthly Opinion Survey conducted from July 2013 written by Jiyoon Kim and Karl Friedhoff. This covers public reaction to the NIS scandals.

Asahi Shimbun Urgent Public Opinion Poll (7/24/2013)

Key Issues:
  • Support for the Abe Cabinet
  • Domestic policies

Asan Public Opinion Brief – July 1-15, 2013

Key Issues: Asan Monthly Opinion Survey conducted from July 2013 written by Jiyoon Kim, Chungku Kang, Eui Cheol Lee and Karl Friedhoff. This covers public opinion on the Korea-China Summit, favorability of the leaders of neighboring countries and attitudes on the minimum wage.

Asahi Shimbun Tracking Public Opinion Poll (7/15/2013)

Key Issues:
  • Support for the Abe Cabinet
  • Domestic issues and priorities
  • Nuclear energy

Asahi Shimbun Tracking Public Opinion Poll (7/8/2013)

Key Issues:
  • Support for the Abe Cabinet
  • Abe’s domestic policies
  • Nuclear energy

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