opinion poll

POLL: 84% of newly elected lawmakers favor constitutional revision
Opponents of amending the Constitution call for voters to cast their ballots in the Dec. 14 Lower House election in Tokyo on Dec. 8. (Keiichiro Inoue)
More than 80 percent of the newly elected Lower House members support amending the pacifist Constitution, according to a recent Asahi Shimbun poll.
Survey: Japanese sentiment toward China at worst level
The Asahi Shimbun
A record high 93 percent of Japanese have an unfavorable impression of China, up 2.9 percentage points from last year, as public sentiment here has deteriorated over...
Survey: Fewer Americans support the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty
The Asahi Shimbun
The number of ordinary Americans who support the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty has dropped to an all-time low, according to an annual Japanese Foreign Ministry opinion poll...
INSIGHT: Do South Koreans really hate Japan?
A banner welcomes Chinese tourists in the Myeong-dong shopping district in central Seoul on June 1. Chinese is rapidly replacing Japanese as the language used in public signs. (Akira Nakano)
Several years ago, workers in a Seoul marketplace would use their Japanese-language skills to eagerly court Japanese visitors. In early May this year, however, these same...
60% in Fukushima say more than 2 decades needed to return to...
The Asahi Shimbun
Sixty percent of Fukushima Prefecture residents said it will take more than 20 years to recoup the lifestyles they lost when the prefecture was hit by the triple disaster of...
EDITORIAL: Why wait for the election? Abe should address nuclear...
Members of the Nuclear Regulation Authority discuss in Tokyo on Feb. 18 faults under the Higashidori nuclear power plant in Aomori Prefecture. (Ryo Kato)
About 70 percent of voters want to see an end to nuclear power generation in Japan, according to an Asahi Shimbun opinion poll conducted on Feb. 16 and 17.
Survey: 76% of nuclear evacuees would tolerate waste storage...
The Asahi Shimbun
Seventy-six percent of residents from candidate areas to store soil contaminated by radioactive fallout from the Fukushima disaster would reluctantly accept interim storage...
Strong support for death penalty due to biased polls, say experts
The Asahi Shimbun
Government opinion polls on the death penalty consistently show overwhelming public support for the process, which is by hanging.
ASAHI POLL: Japan Restoration Party makes gains at expense of...
Voters in Tsu, in the western prefecture of Mie, listen to a speech by a candidate for the Lower House election on Nov. 25. (The Asahi Shimbun)
The newly formed Japan Restoration Party is closing in on the ruling Democratic Party of Japan ahead of next month's Lower House election, suggesting it is becoming a viable...
Japan Restoration Party gains support; voters split over merger
Former Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara, left, new leader of the Japan Restoration Party, and Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, his deputy, at a news conference in Osaka on Nov. 17 (Shinnosuke Ito)
More voters chose the Japan Restoration Party over the ruling Democratic Party of Japan as the party they want to see gain seats in the Dec. 16 Lower House election, an Asahi...
Election survey: DPJ catching up to LDP; most voters undecided
The Asahi Shimbun
The ruling Democratic Party of Japan narrowed the gap in support with the front-running Liberal Democratic Party, but unaffiliated voters could well determine the outcome of...
ASAHI POLL: Cabinet support rate falls to dismal 18%, lowest under ...
The Asahi Shimbun
Public support for the Noda Cabinet has plunged to 18 percent, the lowest level since the administration came to power in September 2011, an Asahi Shimbun survey shows.
ASAHI POLL: Bilateral ties are no good, say most Japanese and...
The Asahi Shimbun
Ninety percent of Japanese people and 83 percent of Chinese say relations between the two countries are no good, according to an Asahi Shimbun survey of public sentiment as the ...
Inability to understand each other a serious issue for Japan and...
Tomoyoshi Isogawa (The Asahi Shimbun)
Fallout from current tensions between Japan and China over the Senkaku Islands is evident in the latest Asahi Shimbun public opinion poll on sentiment toward each country.
COMMENTARY/ Tomoyoshi Isogawa: Inability to understand each other...
Tomoyoshi Isogawa (The Asahi Shimbun)
Fallout from current tensions between Japan and China over the Senkaku Islands is evident in the latest Asahi Shimbun public opinion poll on sentiment toward each country.
Atomic engineers feel less confident about nuke safety
Reactor buildings at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on July 18 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
After watching one of the world's worst nuclear disasters in their own backyard, members of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan, a pro-nuclear association of nuclear engineers,...
Survey: Voters turned off by DPJ, LDP candidates
Shigeru Ishiba (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
If given the choice, most voters would pick “none of the above” in the presidential elections of the ruling and main opposition parties, an Asahi Shimbun survey showed.
Asahi poll: 47% say nuclear power a top issue in next election
In the 2009 general election, voters pack Tokyo's Ikebukuro district to hear speeches by the parties' leaders. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Nuclear energy issues are a top priority for nearly half of voters in the upcoming Lower House election, rivaling perennial concerns about the economy and social security.
Support for nuke-free Japan rises to 47% after voter discussions
Yasunori Sone, head of the committee responsible for the deliberative polling on nuclear energy, reports the results on Aug. 22. (Yusaku Kanagawa)
Popular support for a nuclear-free Japan by 2030 has increased sharply to nearly 50 percent, according to a new polling method that gauges public opinion after selected voters...
ASAHI POLL: 36% favor coalition government of DPJ and LDP
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Sadakazu Tanigaki, head of the opposition Liberal Democratic Party, shake hands before a policy debate in the Diet in November 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
More than one-third of voters would back a coalition government of the nation’s two largest parties, but most voters appear disappointed with all parties on the national...