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OPINION POLLS

Opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

  • May 11, 2020
  • , Yomiuri , p. 8
  • JMH Translation

Questions & answers (%)

Asterisks indicate that the choices were read aloud to the respondent. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted April 11–12, 2020.

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

42(42)

No

48(47)

Other answers (O/A)

 5(2)

No answer (N/A)

 5(8)

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the foregoing question) Select only one from among the following six reasons for your approval of the Abe cabinet.*

 

Something can be expected of its policy measures

8

The prime minister has leadership ability

7

The prime minister is trustworthy

7

The cabinet’s lineup is good

3

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

16

Because it’s better than its predecessors

52

O/A

3

N/A

4

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the foregoing question) Select only one from among the following six reasons for your disapproval of the Abe cabinet.*

 

Nothing can be expected of its policy measures

26

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

22

The prime minister is untrustworthy

34

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

5

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

10

Because its predecessors were better

1

O/A

0

N/A

2

 

Q: Which political party do you support now? Select only one.

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

34(34)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

4(5)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

4(4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2(3)

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

4(2)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

 0(0)

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

0(0)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0(0)

O/A

1(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

44(44)

N/A

3(5)

 

Q: Do you approve of the Japanese government’s handling of the new type of coronavirus so far?

 

Yes

34

No

58

N/A

8

 

Q: Do you think the Japanese medical system is functioning adequately to handle the new type of coronavirus?

 

Yes

36

No

57

N/A

7

 

Q: The state-of-emergency declaration was initially set to last through May 6, but the government has extended it through May 6. Do you approve of this move?

 

Yes

81

No

12

N/A

7

 

Q: What are your views on relaxing the restrictions on people’s movement and gradually restarting economic activities in areas of the nation where the coronavirus situation is not serious?

 

It is appropriate

57

It is too early

30

It is too late

5

N/A

7

 

Q: The government plans to give a 100,000 yen handout to each citizen. What is your opinion of this cash disbursement?

 

It is appropriate

60

It is not enough

24

It is too much

4

N/A

12

 

Q: What are your views on the financial support that local governments will give to businesses that cooperate with the closure requests?

 

It is appropriate

27

It is not enough

60

It is too much

1

N/A

12

 

Q: Are you concerned that you will have trouble making ends meet because of the new coronavirus? Select one from the following four items.*

 

Very concerned

23

Somewhat concerned

49

Not very concerned

22

Not concerned at all

5

N/A

1

 

Q: Because school closures have become prolonged, the government is considering changing to a system where elementary, junior high, senior high, and universities start in September. Are you in favor of or opposed to this?

 

In favor

54

Opposed

34

N/A

12

 

Q: Are you concerned that elementary, junior high, and senior high students’ academic abilities are declining because school closures have become prolonged?

 

Yes

81

No

16

N/A

3

 

Q: Even after the coronavirus subsides, will you pursue a lifestyle that takes into consideration the prevention of disease, including continuing physical distancing in social interactions, for example?

 

Yes

81

No

16

N/A

3

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on May 8–10, 2020, on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis and targeted voters aged 18 or over with calls placed to landline and mobile phone numbers. Valid responses were received from a total of 1,132 persons, including 558 persons (out of the 850 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 574 persons (out of the 1,193 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 66% for landline numbers and 48% for mobile numbers. Figures are rounded off. In some graphs and charts, the total percentage may not add up to 100%. “0” indicates that the figure was below 0.5%, and “–” denotes that no respondents gave that answer.

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