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

  • March 21, 2020
  • , Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll Bulletin , [No. 1621] – pp. 4–7
  • JMH Translation

Questions & answers (%)

This is the third Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted in July 2019 (middle column) and the survey conducted in July 2018 (right column).  

 

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

 

 

2020

(2019)

(2018)

Very interested

22.4

(26.2)

(36.9)

Somewhat interested

48.0

(49.8)

(43.2)

Not very interested

21.5

(18.1)

(14.8)

Not interested at all

7.4

(5.8)

(4.6)

Don’t know

0.7

(0.2)

(0.5)

Interested (total)

70.5

(75.9)

(80.1)

Not interested (total)

28.9

(23.9)

(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? Select only one from the below.

 

 

2020

(2019)

(2018)

I very much want to watch them live at the venue

9.2

(10.4)

(14.9)

If I can, I would like to

27.4

(26.7)

(30.7)

I don’t want to very much

39.5

(38.4)

(32.6)

I don’t want to at all

23.2

(24.0)

(20.8)

Don’t know

0.6

(0.5)

(1.1)

Want to watch at the venue (total)

36.7

(37.1)

(45.6)

Not want to watch at the venue (total)

62.8

(62.4)

(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.

 

 

2020

(2019)

(2018)

Because I like the Olympic and Paralympic Games themselves

20.1

(20.5)

(22.5)

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

43.3

(36.7)

(40.8)

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

40.6

(48.0)

(43.7)

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

44.0

(51.3)

(41.9)

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

14.1

(15.1)

(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

38.2

(40.8)

(44.2)

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

31.0

(30.3)

(35.5)

Other

1.3

(0.9)

(0.7)

Because I somehow feel like it

(2.0)

(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.

 

 

2020

(2019)

(2018)

Because I am not interested in sports in general

10.3

(8.7)

(11.6)

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

2.9

(2.3)

(0.8)

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

6.4

(3.9)

(4.0)

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

21.3

(23.5)

(11.4)

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

22.0

(20.6)

(15.7)

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

38.5

(40.0)

(42.2)

Because it looks like it will be hard to secure accommodations (asked for the first time in the 2019 poll)

12.8

(12.7)

 

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

70.0

(71.2)

(69.7)

Other

2.7

(3.6)

(2.7)

Because I somehow I don’t feel like it

0.8

(1.0)

(0.2)

 

Q: Olympic and Paralympic Games tickets were sold by online lottery several times last year. From this spring, tickets were also available for in-person purchase at ticket sales offices. Did you apply for the online lottery? Select only one from the below.

 

 

2020

(2019)

 

I applied for the lottery and won

1.3

(1.8)

 

I applied for the lottery and lost, and I [still] want to purchase a ticket

2.4

(5.3)

 

I applied for the lottery and lost and am undecided about whether I will purchase a ticket

5.6

(3.8)

 

I did not apply for the lottery but want to purchase a ticket

4.7

(6.3)

 

I did not apply for the lottery and am undecided about whether I will purchase a ticket

15.8

(15.2)

 

Do not plan to purchase a ticket

69.6

(66.5)

 

Other

0.2

(0.2)

 

Don’t know

0.5

(0.9)

 

Applied to the lottery (total)

9.2

(10.9)

 

 

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

 

 

2020

(2019)

(2018)

Opening and closing ceremonies

35.0

(40.4)

(29.4)

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

48.0

(50.4)

(53.0)

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

33.1

(34.8)

(30.2)

Events where I can watch famous foreign athletes compete

16.2

(17.0)

(17.0)

Events that athletes I support will compete in

16.1

(14.7)

(18.3)

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

10.9

(10.9)

(12.7)

Sports that I enjoy on a regular basis as a hobby

15.3

(16.8)

(14.7)

Other

2.7

(2.1)

(1.6)

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

12.4

(11.9)

(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.

 

 

2020

(2019)

(2018)

Baseball (men’s)

45.3

(45.6)

(50.0)

Softball (women’s)

31.5

(31.2)

(34.8)

Karate

15.1

(14.4)

(14.8)

Skateboarding

14.1

(16.5)

(14.5)

Sports climbing

19.9

(18.5)

(17.3)

Surfing

9.8

(12.2)

(11.1)

There are no events that I am interested in

22.7

(22.9)

(19.8)

Don’t know

2.3

(2.8)

(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.

 

 

2020

(2019)

(2018)

I very much want to watch them

16.3

(16.6)

(18.4)

If I can, I would like to

41.4

(43.4)

(40.2)

I don’t want to very much

28.4

(27.7)

(29.3)

I don’t want to at all

12.5

(11.5)

(10.4)

Don’t know

1.4

(0.7)

(1.7)

Want to watch events (total)

57.7

(60.0)

(58.6)

Not want to watch events (total)

40.9

(39.2)

(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.

 

 

2020

(2019)

(2018)

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

48.5

(54.5)

(42.2)

Improve television and newspaper coverage of Paralympic events

42.0

(41.8)

(45.8)

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

25.9

(23.7)

(20.0)

Enhance PR activities by Paralympic sports groups

17.2

(19.6)

(22.3)

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

12.8

(12.9)

(11.2)

Enhance training to produce athletes that can compete in the Paralympics

24.8

(25.9)

(23.2)

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

15.4

(14.9)

(14.5)

Increase support from government or corporate sponsors

34.7

(36.5)

(31.0)

Other

1.1.

(0.2)

(1.2)

Don’t know

9.6

(8.3)

(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.

 

 

2020

(2019)

(2018)

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

13.0

(9.9)

(20.2)

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

38.0

(39.1)

(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

25.8

(24.3)

(26.1)

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

14.8

(16.9)

(15.9)

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

18.4

(19.3)

(18.7)

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

39.9

(40.2)

(33.8)

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

23.4

(22.0)

(24.8)

That Japan will become a target of crime and terrorism

37.2

(38.7)

(43.8)

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

13.3

(11.5)

(11.9)

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

22.4

(20.3)

(16.7)

Other

6.4

(1.7)

(1.1)

No particular concerns + Don’t know

11.9

(18.2)

(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.

 

 

2020

(2019)

(2018)

Yes

13.7

(17.1)

(18.5)

Generally yes

41.8

(42.5)

(40.6)

Generally no

26.6

(23.9)

(21.0)

No

9.8

(9.4)

(9.9)

Don’t know

8.0

(7.1)

(10.0)

Yes (total)

55.6

(59.6)

(59.1)

No (total)

36.4

(33.3)

(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.

 

 

2020

(2019)

(2018)

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

43.6

(53.8)

(59.2)

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

38.9

(39.7)

(33.7)

It will still take time for the victims to recover emotionally

23.1

(29.4)

(26.8)

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

22.7

(21.4)

(16.6)

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

44.0

(43.1)

(35.3)

Other

1.6

(1.2)

(1.6)

Don’t know

2.9

(2.2)

(1.8)

 

Polling methodology (February 2020): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of Feb. 6–9, 2020, through individual interviews. For the survey, a total of 2,000 people were sampled from among men and women, aged 18 and over, across the nation on a stratified two-stage random-sampling basis. Valid responses were received from 1,222 people for a valid response rate of 61.1%. Composition: men, 51.2%; women, 48.8%; age 18–29, 9.7%; 30–39, 13.4%; 40–49, 18.7%; 50–59, 16.7%; 60–69, 16.7%; age 70 and over, 24.7%.

 

Polling methodology (July 2019): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of July 5–8 through individual interviews. For the survey, a total of 2,000 people were sampled on a stratified two-stage random-sampling basis from among men and women, aged 18 and over, across the nation. Valid responses were received from 1,234 people for a valid response rate of 61.7%.

 

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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