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JAPAN-U.S. JOINT OPINION POLL DECEMBER 2007 (P07-39)

Japan-U.S. Joint Opinion Poll December 2007 (RDD Sampling)

Japanese Poll

Conducted By

Yomiuri Shimbun

Dates Conducted

November 15-18, 2007

Methodology

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.

Dates Conducted

November 9-18, 2007

Methodology

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).

 

Results printed in the December 8 and 14 morning editions of theYomiuri Shimbun.

* The U.S. questions/responses are shown in parentheses.

Disclaimer

The Mansfield Foundation is responsible for the translation of this Nikkei Telephone poll, subject to the Mansfield Foundation Terms of Use

 

Q1. If there are any Japanese (U.S.) domestic institutions and agencies you particularly trust from the following list, select as many as apply.

                                                

  Japan U.S.
Prime Minister (President) 40.4 36.2
The Diet (Congress) 23.2 31.9
Police/Prosecutors 43.3 65.4
Courts 53.4 54.9
Self Defense Forces (Military) 46.8 77.8
Temple/Shrine/Church(Church) 41.1 75.3
Gov'tMinistries and Agencies (FederalGov'tAgencies) 17.8 41.7
Local government 37.1 49.1
Schools 44.9 63.7
Hospitals 54.3 74.0
Newspapers 61.1 48.6
TV 39.6 44.8
Large corporations 22.2 33.7
Labor unions 30.5 43.9
Other 0.8 10.2
None 9.4 1.3
No answer 1.3 ---

 

Q2. Do you think the current state of U.S-Japan relations is good or bad?

                      

  Japan U.S.
Very good 1.9 9.4
Good 37.5 36.7
Can't say either way 22.9 30.9
Bad 29.5 7.3
Very bad 2.2 3.1
No answer 6.1 12.7

 

Q3. Do you trust the U.S. ( Japan ) or not?

                       

  Japan U.S.
Highly trust 3.7 16.5
Somewhat trust 30.1 44.3
Do not really trust 40.7 19.6
Do not trust at all 13.1 10.0
No answer 12.3 9.5

 

Q4. Do you think U.S.-Japan relations under the newly-formed Fukuda administration will improve? Worsen? Or stay the same?

                      

  Japan U.S.
Will improve greatly 0.7 2.5
Will improve 8.2 17.7
Will not change 74.1 45.1
Will worsen 9.1 7.7
Will worsen greatly 0.8 1.7
No answer 7.1 25.3

 

Q5. Please choose as many countries, regions, or organizations from the following that you think will become a threat militarily to Japan (U.S.).

                       

  Japan U.S.
U.S.(Asked inJapanonly) 25.8 /
Japan(Asked inU.S.only) / 25.5
South Korea 22.8 31.4
China 63.0 57.4
ASEAN 11.2 30.9
EU 7.5 15.4
Russia 39.9 44.5
Taiwan 6.5 16.4
North Korea 73.7 64.5
India 14.2 18.8
Middle East 34.3 76.0
.Oceania 4.1 6.8
Africa 3.6 12.6
South America 10.6 20.6
Others 0.3 12.3
None 6.6 7.3
No answer 3.5 0.7

Note: ASEAN = Association of South East Nations; EU = European Union; 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?

 

                       

  Japan U.S.
Contributes greatly 18.6 14.7
Contributes somewhat 46.3 47.6
Does not really contribute 14.5 12.6
Does not contribute at all 4.0 6.6
No answer 16.6 18.6

 

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 ?

                       

  Japan U.S.
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
No answer 6.8 10.8

 

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. )?

                       

  Japan U.S.
Greatly worried 21.5 29.2
Somewhat worried 45.3 43.3
Not really worried 20.7 13.8
Not worried at all 8.5 11.9
No answer 3.9 1.9

 

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?

 

                       

  Japan U.S.
Support 29.3 17.7
Generally support 16.0 35.4
Generally against 13.4 7.9
Against 27.4 15.9
No answer 13.9 23.0

 

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.

                       

  Japan U.S.
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
Others 0.3 0.32.5
None 1.1 1.15.2
No answer 1.9 1.91.2

 

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?

                       

  Japan U.S.
Yes 13.2 10.5
Generally yes 13.9 11.4
Generally no 16.7 16.0
No 42.3 55.9
No answer 13.9 6.1

 

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?

 

  Japan U.S.
Yes 63.4 47.2
Generally yes 11.4 28.4
Generally no 4.5 5.7
No 10.4 9.6
No answer 10.4 9.2

 

Q13. Do you think current relations between Japan ( U.S. ) and China are good? Bad?

                      

  Japan U.S.
Very good 1.1 3.9
Good 29.6 25.9
Can't say either way 26.9 45.3
Bad 33.3 12.3
Very bad 4.0 4.6
No answer 5.1 8.0

 

Q. 14 Do you trust China or not?

                      

  Japan U.S.
Trust greatly 1.5 4.0
Trust somewhat 14.2 31.5
Do not really trust 45.1 34.4
Do not trust at all 28.9 25.1
No answer 10.4 5.0

 

Q. 15 Between the U.S. ( Japan ) and China , which country do you think will become more important politically to Japan (U.S.) in the future?

                       

  Japan U.S.
U.S.(Japanonly) 44.6 /
Japan(U.S.only) / 38.8
China 34.4 39.6
Both important 10.3 6.5
No answer 10.8 15.1

 

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?

                           

  Japan U.S.
U.S.(Japanonly) 22.6 /
Japan(U.S.only) / 32.2
China 61.5 49.3
Both important 6.1 6.7
.No answer 9.8 11.8

 

Q17. Are you concerned or not about the safety of imports from China ?

                           

  Japan U.S.
Very concerned 75.0 56.1
Somewhat concerned 18.0 24.1
Not really concerned 4.0 9.6
Not concerned at all 0.7 7.8
No answer 2.3 2.3

 

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?

                         

  Japan U.S.
Yes 21.4 49.7
Generally yes 25.0 35.0
Generally no 16.6 4.8
No 24.2 4.1
No answer 12.8 6.3

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?

                           

  Japan U.S.
Greatly concerned 71.8 48.8
Somewhat concerned 20.2 26.8
Not really concerned 4.4 9.3
Not concerned at all 1.3 10.9
No answer 2.4 4.2

 

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?

                           .

  Japan U.S.
Yes 89.2 62.6
Generally yes 3.7 11.0
Generally no 0.7 5.4
No 0.8 12.6
No answer 5.6 8.5

 

 

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