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Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games

  • August 11, 2018
  • , Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll Bulletin , [No. 1563] – pp. 4–7
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Questions & answers (%)

This is the first Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

 

Q: Are you interested in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games? Select only one from the below.

 

Very interested

36.9

Somewhat interested

43.2

Not very interested

14.8

Not interested at all

4.6

Don’t know

0.5

Interested (total)

80.1

Not interested (total)

19.4

 

Q: Do you want to go watch the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games opening ceremony, closing ceremony, or athletic events live at the venue?

 

I very much want to watch them live at the venue

14.9

If I can, I would like to

30.7

I don’t want to very much

32.6

I don’t want to at all

20.8

Don’t know

1.1

Want to watch at the venue (total)

45.6

Not want to watch at the venue (total)

53.4

 

  • Q: (Only for those who answered “want to watch at the venue” to the previous question) Why? Select as many responses as you would like from the following.

 

Because I like the Olympic and Paralympic Games themselves

22.5

Because I want to see the Japanese athletes compete in Games held in their home country

40.8

Because I want to see live at the venue world-class athletes compete and world records set

43.7

Because the full inspiration of sports can only be felt at the venue

41.9

Because the Olympic and Paralympic Games offer an opportunity to interact with people from around the world, overcoming national differences

18.7

Because I don’t think I will be able to have an opportunity to watch the next Olympic and Paralympic Games that will be held in Japan

44.2

Because the Games are being held in Japan and so it is easy to go watch them

35.5

Other

0.7

Because I somehow feel like it

0.9

 

  • Q: (Only for those who answered “not want to watch at the venue” to the earlier question) Why? Select as many responses as you would like from the following.

 

Because I am not interested in sports in general

11.6

Because there are no events in the summer Olympic and Paralympic Games that I want to watch

0.8

Because the Olympic and Paralympic Games today cannot be considered pure sports festivals

4.0

Because it looks like the tickets for the events I want to watch will be hard to get and expensive

11.4

Because I am concerned about my physical condition in the summer heat, including having heat stroke

15.7

Because it will be troublesome to go to the venues as they are far away

42.2

Because I am satisfied with watching them on television and the like

69.7

Other

2.7

Because I somehow I don’t feel like it

0.2

 

Q: It looks like the most expensive Olympic and Paralympic Games ticket will be the one for the opening ceremony at 300,000 yen and the least expensive will be 2,000 yen. At what price range would you want to go to the venue to watch the event live? Select only one from the below.

 

There is no limit to how much I am willing to spend if it is an event I want to see

0.7

Up to about 100,000 yen

1.5

Up to about 50,000 yen

2.8

Up to about 30,000 yen

7.3

Up to about 10,000 yen

23.6

Up to about 5,000 yen

21.2

Up to about 3,000 yen

14.3

I don’t want to pay to watch

25.7

Other

Don’t know

2.8

 

Q: What events at the Tokyo Olympics are you interested in? Select as many responses as you would like from the following.

 

Opening and closing ceremonies

29.4

Swimming, judo, gymnastics, and other events where Japanese athletes are regarded as likely to win a medal

53.0

Sports events that I like regardless of whether Japanese athletes are expected to win a medal

30.2

Events where I can watch famous foreign athletes compete

17.0

Events that athletes I support will compete in

18.3

Events adopted for the first time at the Tokyo Olympics, like karate and sports climbing

12.7

Sports that I enjoy on a regular basis as a hobby

14.7

Other

1.6

There are no events that I am interested in + Don’t know

10.3

 

Q: Five events proposed by the host city will be held as additional events at the Tokyo Olympics. Which of the additional events are you interested in? Select as many responses as you would like from the following.

 

Baseball (men’s)

50.0

Softball (women’s)

34.8

Karate

14.8

Skateboarding

14.5

Sports climbing

17.3

Surfing

11.1

There are no events that I am interested in

19.8

Don’t know

1.4

 

Q: The Tokyo Paralympics will be held after the Tokyo Olympics. Do you want to watch the Tokyo Paralympics either on television or at the venues? Select only one from the below.

 

I very much want to watch them

18.4

If I can, I would like to

40.2

I don’t want to very much

29.3

I don’t want to at all

10.4

Don’t know

1.7

Want to watch events (total)

58.6

Not want to watch events (total)

39.7

 

Q: Sports for people with disabilities and the Paralympics cannot be said to attract great interest today. What do you think is needed to raise interest in parasports? Select as many responses as you would like from the following.

 

Develop parasports facilities and create an environment where it is easy for those with disabilities to engage in sports

42.2

Improve television and newspaper coverage of Paralympic events

45.8

Offer easy-to-understand explanations of the event rules and classifications

20.0

Enhance PR activities by Paralympic sports groups

22.3

Make the events more appealing as sports by raising the level of competition

11.2

Enhance training to produce athletes that can compete in the Paralympics

23.2

Hold large-scale events inside and outside Japan in addition to the Paralympics

14.5

Increase support from government or corporate sponsors

31.0

Other

1.2

Don’t know

8.8

 

Q: Do you have any concerns about the Olympic and Paralympic Games being held in Tokyo? Select as many responses as you would like from the following.

 

That the New National Stadium and other venues will not be ready in time

20.2

That the costs of holding the Games will balloon substantially and taxes will be used to make up for it

46.2

That the Games will impede reconstruction in areas recovering from earthquake disaster because of the labor shortage and the skyrocketing of construction materials prices

26.1

That there will not be enough volunteers because the application conditions are too rigorous

15.9

That public transportation and other facilities will not be sufficiently barrier-free or have enough foreign-language signs

18.7

That transportation facilities will be inconvenient because of traffic and congestion during the Games

33.8

That illegal minpaku [vacation rentals] will become widespread because there are not enough accommodations

24.8

That Japan will become a target of crime and terrorism

43.8

That the Olympics will be used for political ends, such as conspiracy

11.9

That the Japanese economy will deteriorate after the Olympic and Paralympic Games

16.7

Other

1.1

No particular concerns + Don’t know

15.3

 

Q: Holding the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games is said to be a way for Japan to show the world that it has recovered from the earthquake and nuclear power accident. This could be done, for example, by holding some events in Fukushima Prefecture. Do you think that Japan will be able to show the world it has recovered from the Great East Japan Earthquake by holding the Olympics and Paralympics? Select only one from the below.

 

Yes

18.5

Generally yes

40.6

Generally no

21.0

No

9.9

Don’t know

10.0

Yes (total)

59.1

No (total)

30.9

 

  • Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the first question) Why? Select as many responses as you would like from the following.

 

I don’t feel that reconstruction has actually moved forward because there are still many evacuees living in temporary housing

59.2

The damage caused by rumors after the nuclear accident cannot be wiped away by holding the Olympics and Paralympics

33.7

It will still take time for the victims to recover emotionally

26.8

To show the world that Japan has recovered, the Olympics and Paralympics should be held in Tohoku, not Tokyo

16.6

The Olympics and Paralympics are sports events and are not related to disaster recovery

35.3

Other

1.6

Don’t know

1.8

 

Polling methodology (July 2018): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of July 6–9 through individual interviews. For the survey, a total of 1,991 people were sampled on a stratified two-stage random-sampling basis from among men and women, aged 18 and over, across the nation excluding the sections of Hiroshima Prefecture devastated by the torrential rains in western Japan. Valid responses were received from 1,231 people for a valid response rate of 61.8%.

 

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