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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

27

(40)

31

21

No

64

(45)

62

66

No answer

10

(15)

7

12

 

Q: Tokyo High Public Prosecutor’s Office chief Hiromu Kurokawa has resigned over the gambling mahjong scandal. What are your views on this?  

 

 

T

P

M

F

It was appropriate for him to resign

33

 

34

34

He should have received a disciplinary dismissal

52

 

50

55

There was no need for him to resign

8

 

12

3

Don’t know

6

 

4

7

 

Q: The Abe cabinet extended Kurokawa’s tenure as head of the Tokyo High Public Prosecutor’s Office beyond February [when he reached mandatory retirement age]. Who do you think bears responsibility?  

 

 

T

P

M

F

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

28

 

29

26

Justice Minister Masako Mori

3

 

3

4

Both the prime minister and the justice minister

47

 

43

53

The cabinet bears no responsibility

15

 

19

9

Don’t know

6

 

4

7

 

Q: The government has submitted to the Diet a bill that would raise the retirement age for national public servants to 65. The government and ruling parties have put off seeking the enactment of the bill at the current Diet session. What are your views on this?  

 

 

T

P

M

F

The bill submitted by the government to the Diet should be enacted as it stands

12

 

15

9

The bill should be enacted after deleting the provisions on raising the retirement age of high-ranking public prosecutors

36

 

39

32

I am opposed to raising the retirement age for national public servants

38

 

36

41

Don’t know

13

 

9

18

 

Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has lifted the state of emergency for 42 prefectures and plans to consider lifting it for the remaining prefectures of Tokyo, Chiba, Saitama, Kanagawa, and Hokkaido at the beginning of next week. What are your views on this?

 

 

T

P

M

F

This approach is appropriate

53

 

58

46

The move to lift the state of emergency is late

6

 

7

5

The lifting of the state of emergency is too rushed

31

 

29

35

Don’t know

10

 

7

13

 

Q: Which of the following is closest to your view on economic activities and virus countermeasures in the areas where the state of emergency has been lifted?

 

 

T

P

M

F

The resumption of economic activities should be prioritized

23

 

29

15

Virus countermeasures should be prioritized

42

 

44

41

Unsure

33

 

26

43

 

Q: The government is asking citizens to adopt “new lifestyle habits” to reduce their contact with people after the state of emergency is lifted as well. What do you plan to do?

 

 

T

P

M

F

I will continue to refrain from nonessential outings as much as possible

31

 

30

32

I will gradually relax my self-restraint

64

 

65

64

I will immediately stop refraining from nonessential outings

3

 

4

3

 

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

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

20

(22)

23

15

No

59

(48)

56

63

Unsure

21

(29)

19

22

 

Q: The government is considering changing the start of the school year [from April] to September. Are you in favor of or opposed to changing matriculation to September?

 

 

T

P

M

F

In favor

38

(45)

42

33

Opposed

36

(30)

37

35

Don’t know

26

(24)

20

32

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

25

(30)

30

18

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

12

(9)

11

13

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1

(2)

1

1

Komeito (Komeito)

4

(5)

3

4

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

7

(5)

5

9

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

11

(11)

12

10

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

(1)

2

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1

(2)

1

1

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

1

(1)

1

0

Other political groups

1

(1)

1

1

None of the above (NOTA)

36

(33)

32

40

 

(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 Mainichi Shimbun and the Social Survey Research Center on May 23 from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. of those 18 years old or older. A computer-aided random digit sampling (RDS) method was used to generate phone numbers (both landlines and cell phones) randomly by computer, and interactive voice technology was used to call those numbers. For mobile phones, people were asked through audio guidance to cooperate in the survey, and those who agreed to participate were sent a short message service (SMS) text message providing a link to an online answer form. The target number of valid responses was set at 500 each for mobile and landlines phones. Valid responses were received from 505 mobile numbers and 514 landline phone numbers.

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