Three-quarters of the public feels positive about Emperor Naruhito, who ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1 last year, a survey shows.

In the mail-in survey by Kyodo News that covered around 3,000 people 18 and older, 58 percent said they felt an affinity for the emperor, higher than the 48 percent logged for former Emperor Akihito, his father, in a December 1989 interview survey about a year after his enthronement.

With another 17 percent describing him as "wonderful," a total of 75 percent of the respondents felt positive about the 60-year-old monarch.