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OPINION POLLS

Opinion poll & results from Mainichi Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

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

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

41

(43)

43

39

No

42

(38)

42

42

Not interested

15

(18)

13

16

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the above question) Why?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Because the prime minister is from the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan

10

(9)

9

11

Because I think highly of Abe

16

(18)

15

17

Because something can be expected of the prime minister’s policies

13

(12)

16

9

Because there are no other good people or political parties

58

(59)

57

59

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the above question) Why?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Because the prime minister is from the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan

3

(3)

2

3

Because I don’t think highly of Abe

39

(46)

44

34

Because nothing can be expected of the prime minister’s policies

49

(42)

48

50

Because other people and political parties are better

7

(7)

4

9

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

29

(33)

32

27

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

5

(9)

5

6

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1

(1)

2

0

Komeito (Komeito)

5

(4)

3

7

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2

(4)

2

2

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

6

(4)

6

6

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

(0)

1

0

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1

(1)

2

0

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

1

(1)

0

1

Other political groups

1

(1)

1

1

None of the above (NOTA)

43

(40)

43

44

 

Q: With the spread of the new coronavirus, the state-of-emergency declaration was broadened to cover the entire country. Do you think this is appropriate?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

83

 

83

83

No

5

 

8

3

Don’t know

7

 

6

8

 

Q: Do you approve of the Abe administration’s handling of the new coronavirus?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

39

 

39

39

No

53

 

56

50

 

Q: Do you think that the business suspension request should cover all prefectures?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

39

 

43

35

No

44

 

46

43

Don’t know

12

 

9

16

 

Q: As part of its emergency economic measures, the government plans to give a 100,000 yen cash handout across-the-board to citizens nationwide. Do you think this is appropriate?

 

 

T

P

M

F

It is appropriate

50

 

52

47

It is insufficient

19

 

19

19

It is excessive

9

 

10

8

Don’t know

18

 

16

20

 

Q: The government has decided to distribute two cloth face masks to all households. Do you approve of this?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes  

26

 

26

26

No

68

 

70

66

 

Q: Face masks continue to be in short supply. How are you using face masks?

 

 

T

P

M

F

I dispose of them after one use

28

 

31

25

I use the same mask more than once by washing it or disinfecting it

45

 

47

44

I am using masks that I make myself

15

 

9

21

I am not using face masks

5

 

9

2

 

(Note) Figures rounded off. “0” indicates that the figure was below 0.5%, and “–” denotes that no respondents gave that answer. “No answer” omitted. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the previous survey conducted March 14–15, 2020.

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by pollsters over the two-day period of April 18–19, 2020, targeting landline and mobile telephone numbers across the nation on a computer-aided random digit sampling (RDS) basis. The survey excluded landline numbers in municipalities designated as “difficult-to-return” zones due to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. Valid responses were received from 676 persons (out of the 1,054 households with one or more persons age 18 or over) for landline numbers and 727 persons (out of the 884 persons age 18 or over who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 64% for landline numbers and 82% for mobile numbers.

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