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Abe cabinet support at 39%, nonsupport at 38%, NHK public opinion poll

According to the NHK public opinion survey for April, 39% of pollees support the Abe cabinet, down 4 percentage points from the poll conducted last month. Those saying they do not support the cabinet declined by 3 points to 38%. A full 23% said they “don’t know” or did not answer the question, up 6 points from last month.

 

NHK conducted a nationwide survey over the three-day period of April 10–12, 2020, on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis and targeted men and women aged 18 or over with calls placed to landline and mobile phone numbers. Valid responses were received from 1,253 of the 2,085 people polled. The valid response rate was 60%.

 

When asked why they support the Abe cabinet, 53% of respondents said “because it seems better than other cabinets,” while 16% said “because it is led by the political party I support.”

 

Asked why they do not support the cabinet, 35% said “because the prime minister is untrustworthy” and 28% said “because nothing can be expected of its policy measures.”

 

The poll asked respondents how concerned they are that they themselves or their families will be infected with the new coronavirus. A total of 89% of respondents said they are either “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned,” up 15 points from the March poll. Some 49% said that they are “very concerned,” 40% said they are “somewhat concerned” while 7% said they are “not very concerned” and 2% said they are “not concerned at all.”

 

Asked about the actions the government has taken so far to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, 8% said that they “think very highly of them,” 38% said they “think somewhat highly of them” while 36% said they “do not think very highly of them” and 14% said they “do not think highly of them at all.”

 

Based on Japanese law, the government declared a state of emergency for the period through May 6 for such areas as Tokyo and Osaka. Asked about the timing of the declaration, 17% said it was “appropriate” while 75% said it was “too late” and 2% said “a state of emergency should not have been declared.”

 

Asked for their views on the government’s emergency economic stimulus package worth 108 trillion yen, 8% of respondents said they “think very highly of it” and 41% said they “think somewhat highly of it” while 30% said they “do not think very highly of it” and 14% said they “do not think highly of it at all.”

 

One of the emergency economic measures is the disbursement of 300,000 yen in cash to each household where the monthly income of the head of the household has dropped below a certain level. Some 8% of respondents sad that they “think very highly of it” and 35% said they “think somewhat highly of it” while 34% said they “do not think very highly of it” and 16% said they “do not think highly of it at all.”

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