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Results of Opinion Poll on SDF and Defense Issues

An opinion poll on the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) and defense issues was carried out in February. A total of 3,000 adults (20 years and up) nationwide were surveyed, and valid responses were received from 1,657. The results indicated that the public has a high opinion of SDF activities, with 84.9% of respondents saying they had a "good impression" of the SDF and 90.8% saying they agreed with SDF disasterrelief activities overseas-both record highs (see the figure). Meanwhile, 66.7% of respondents said they thought SDF reconstruction assistance activities in Iraq were helping that country's recovery.

Impressions of the SDF