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Spot opinion poll & results from Mainichi Shimbun

  • April 9, 2020
  • , Mainichi , p. 5
  • JMH Translation

Questions & answers (%)

(T = total; M = male; F = female)

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

 

T

M

F

Yes

44

46

42

No

42

42

41

No answer

15

12

17

 

Q: In response to the spread of the novel coronavirus, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency. Do you approve of this?

 

 

T

M

F

Yes

72

71

74

No

20

23

16

Don’t know

7

6

9

 

Q: What are your views on the timing of the declaration?

 

 

T

M

F

Appropriate

22

24

19

Too late

70

68

72

Too early

1

1

1

Don’t know

7

6

7

 

Q: The declaration covers the following seven prefectures: Tokyo, Chiba, Saitama, Kanagawa, Osaka, Hyogo, and Fukuoka. What are your views on the scope of the declaration?

 

 

T

M

F

Appropriate

34

34

34

Should be broadened

58

60

57

Should be limited more

2

2

2

Don’t know

5

4

7

 

Q: The state of emergency is in place through May 6. Do you think the state of emergency will be lifted without extension?

 

 

T

M

F

Yes

22

23

20

No

77

76

78

 

Q: Now that a state of emergency has been declared, will you refrain more from going out and from participating in events?

 

 

T

M

F

I  will refrain more than I have to date

86

84

88

I will not change my behavior from what I have been doing to date

13

15

11

 

Q: The government has announced a 108 trillion yen stimulus package to address the coronavirus-hit economy. Do you think this will be effective?

 

 

T

M

F

Yes

32

35

28

No

38

41

35

Don’t know

30

24

36

 

Q: One of the government’s emergency economic measures is the disbursement of 300,000 yen to each household whose income has decreased substantially. What are your views on the amount?

 

 

T

M

F

It is appropriate

22

23

21

Insufficient

 46

49

44

Too much

8

9

8

Don’t know

23

19

28

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

 

T

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

34

37

32

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

9

9

10

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1

2

1

Komeito (Komeito)

3

2

4

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4

3

5

Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party) (Nippon Ishin no Kai)

5

6

4

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

0

1

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

3

3

2

Party to Protect the People from NHK (NHK kara Kokumin wo Mamoru To)

1

2

0

Other political groups

1

1

1

None of the above (NOTA)

36

35

38

 

(Note) Figures rounded off. “0” indicates that the figure was below 0.5%, and “–” denotes that no respondents gave that answer. “No answer” omitted.

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by the Social Survey Research Center, the Mainichi Shimbun, and the Japan News Network (JNN) on April 8 from 11:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. of those 18 years old or older on a computer-aided random digit sampling (RDS) basis using interactive voice responses. The Mainichi Shimbun started to survey landline numbers using interactive voice responses from the trend surveys for last year’s Upper House election. In this April 8 survey, the Mainichi Shimbun for the first time ever surveyed mobile phone numbers using short message service (SMS) texts. Requests for cooperation in the poll were made using interactive voice responses to mobile phone numbers, and the web address of an online survey was sent via SMS to those who agreed to participate. The desired number of valid responses was set at 1,000 each for landlines and mobile phones. Valid responses were received from 1,046 landline numbers and 1,144 mobile phone numbers.

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