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     Japan            See also Allies and enemies


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Gallup Poll. June 1-4, 2013. N=1,529 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"For each of the following countries, please say whether you consider it an ally of the United States, friendly but not an ally, unfriendly, or an enemy of the United States. How about Japan?"

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An ally Friendly but
not an ally
Unfriendly An enemy Unsure
% % % % %

6/1-4/13

44 40 7 3 5

5/18-21/00

32 54 8 2 4

 

CBS News Poll. March 18-21, 2011. N=1,022 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the U.S. response to the situation in Japan?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %

3/18-21/11

73 14 13

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"From what you know, do you think the United States is doing enough to provide humanitarian and other assistance to Japan in response to the current crisis, is it doing too much, or is it not doing enough?"

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Doing
enough
Doing
too much
Not doing
enough
Unsure
% % % %

3/18-21/11

62 7 23 8

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. March 18-20, 2011. N=1,012 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"All in all, do you approve or disapprove of the way the Obama Administration has handled the government's response to the current situation in Japan?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %

3/18-20/11

72 22 6

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"Overall, do you think the U.S. has done too much, too little, or about the right amount in providing assistance to Japan since the earthquake?" N=504 (Version A), MoE 4.5

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Too much Too little About right Unsure
% % % %

3/18-20/11

7 24 66 3

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"Which of the following statements comes closest to your view of the amount of aid Japan needs from the U.S. and other countries? Japan is a well-developed country with a strong economy and it does not need aid from the U.S. and other countries. Japan needs some aid from the U.S. and other countries, but not as much as poor countries like Haiti that have suffered major natural disasters in the past. Japan needs as much aid from the U.S. and other countries as any other country that has suffered a major natural disaster in the past." N=508 (Version B), MoE 4.5

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Does not need
aid from U.S. &
other countries
Needs aid but
not as much as
poor countries
Needs as much
aid as any other
country
% % %

3/18-20/11

12 49 39

 

Gallup Poll. July 25-28, 2005. N=1,010 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"Next, I have a few questions about World War II. As you may know, the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 near the end of World War II. Looking back, would you say you approve or disapprove of using the atomic bomb on Japanese cities in 1945?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %

7/25-28/05

57 38 5

7/20-23/95

59 35 6

12/94

55 39 6

11/91

53 41 6

7/90

53 41 6

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For comparison:
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Do you approve or disapprove of using the new atomic bomb on Japanese cities?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %

8/10-15/45

85 10 5

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"Now I'd like you to think about the effect of dropping the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Do you think dropping the atomic bombs saved American lives by shortening the war, or not?"

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Saved
American
Lives
Didn't Save
American
Lives
Unsure
% % %

7/25-28/05

80 16 4

7/20-23/95

86 7 7

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"Do you think that dropping the atomic bombs saved more Japanese lives than would have been lost if the war had continued, or did dropping the bomb COST more Japanese lives?"

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Saved More
Japanese
Lives
Cost More
Japanese
Lives
Unsure
% % %

7/25-28/05

41 47 12

7/20-23/95

40 45 15

 

Gallup Poll. Feb. 9-12, 2004. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"Next, I'd like your overall opinion of some foreign countries. Is your overall opinion of Japan very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable?"

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Very
Favorable
Mostly
Favorable
Mostly
Unfavorable
Very
Unfavorable
Unsure
% % % % %
2/04 19 56 14 6 5
2/02 17 62 12 4 5
2/01 17 56 14 7 6
11/00 13 57 17 5 8
5/99 14 61 15 5 5
2/99 15 54 16 5 10
3/96 12 53 18 7 10

 

UNITED STATES: The Harris Poll. March 19-23, 1999. N=1,008 adults nationwide.
JAPAN: Asahi Shimbun Poll. March 14-15, 1999. N=2,184 adults nationwide.

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"How would you rate the present relations between the United States and Japan: excellent, good, only fair, or poor?"

U.S.
Excellent/
Pretty
Good
Only Fair/
Poor
% %
3/99 53 37
12/98 49 43
5/98 49 46
12/97 36 57
5/97 46 42
11/96 41 51
7/96 43 53
3/96 39 60

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U.S. Japan
% %
"In the future do you think the U.S. and Japan will be able to work together to adopt the same common values about democracy and a market economy?"
Yes 52 55
No 39 33
Don't know 8 12

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UNITED STATES: "Which relationship do you think is more important for the United States: the relationship with Japan or the relationship with China?"
JAPAN: "Which relationship do you think is more important for Japan: the relationship with the United States or the relationship with China?"
With Japan/U.S. 47 55
With China 36 15
Both equally (vol.) 10 21
Don't know 7 9

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"Which of the following -- political issues, including security issues; economic issues, such as trade and investment; cooperation on global issues, such as environment -- do you think is the most important issue facing relations between the United States and Japan?"
Economic/Trade/Investment 70 33
Political/security 14 27
Global issues/Environment 11 34
Don't know 4 6

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"The United States and Japan have a bilateral security treaty. In accordance with the treaty, about 40,000 American personnel are stationed in Japan. Which of the following do you think best describes why American soldiers are stationed in Japan? The treaty gives the U.S. a strategic position in the region to protect Japan. The treaty gives the U.S. a strategic position that enables stability in the world. The treaty helps the U.S. to ensure that Japan does not become a military threat in the region again."
To ensure Japan doesn't become military threat 49 19
To enable world stability 34 38
To protect Japan 12 31
Don't know 5 12

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"In the future, which one of the following would you favor for the U.S. bases in Japan: maintain the bases as they are now, or reduce American forces from the bases?"
Maintain as they are now 63 28
Reduce American forces 31 63
Don't know 5 9

 


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