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OPINION POLLS

Opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

Asterisks indicate that the choices were read aloud to the respondent. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted May 8–10, 2020.

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

40(42)

No

50(48)

Other answers (O/A)

 4(5)

No answer (N/A)

 6(5)

 

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

11

The prime minister has leadership ability

7

The prime minister is trustworthy

7

The cabinet’s lineup is good

2

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

19

Because it’s better than its predecessors

46

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

22

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

10

The prime minister is untrustworthy

45

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

6

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

11

Because its predecessors were better

1

O/A

1

N/A

3

 

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(4)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

3(4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(2)

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

3(4)

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)

1(0)

O/A

1(1)

None of the above (NOTA)

45(44)

N/A

5(3)

 

Q: Which LDP politician do you think would be appropriate to serve as the next prime minister? Select only one from the following 10.*

 

Shinzo Abe

15

 

Shigeru Ishiba

26

 

Katsunobu Kato

1

 

Fumio Kishida

3

 

Shinjiro Koizumi

15

 

Taro Kono

8

 

Yoshihide Suga

3

 

Yasutoshi Nishimura

1

 

Seiko Noda

3

 

Toshimitsu Motegi

1

 

O/A

0

 

There is no appropriate LDP politician

16

 

N/A

9

 

 

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

 

Yes

42

No

49

N/A

8

 

Q: Are you satisfied with the government’s economic measures [to address the new coronavirus]?

 

Yes

27

No

64

N/A

10

 

Q: Do you think you will continue to adopt the “new lifestyle habits” with an eye to preventing infection?

 

Yes

88

No

7

N/A

4

 

Q: Are you concerned about a “second wave” of the coronavirus spreading through Japan? Select one from the following four items.*

 

Very concerned

52

Somewhat concerned

39

Not very concerned

6

Not concerned at all

1

N/A

1

 

Q: Which of the following two items is closer to your view on the government’s issuing a state-of-emergency declaration in the event that the coronavirus spreads in Japan again?*

 

The government should issue a state-of-emergency declaration quickly to protect the health of citizens

61

The government should examine the matter with caution keeping in mind the impact on the economy

36

N/A

3

 

Q: The Japanese government’s state-of-emergency declaration is based on the principle of strongly requesting residents to refrain from nonessential outings and does not have the legal force of forbidding residents from making nonessential outings, as it does in Western countries. Do you think it is sufficient to simply request residents to stay home?

 

Yes

58

No

36

N/A

6

 

Q: Hiromu Kurokawa, former head of the Tokyo High Public Prosecutor’s Office, resigned after admitting to participating in high-stakes mahjong. The government issued a reprimand, rather than disciplinary action. Do you think this punishment is appropriate or too lenient?

 

Appropriate

26

Too lenient

68

N/A

7

 

Q: Are you in favor of or opposed to making it simpler than it is now to identify the sender of anonymous online defamation posts?

 

In favor

75

Opposed

17

N/A

8

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on June 5–7, 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 1,102 persons, including 547 persons (out of the 884 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 555 persons (out of the 1,139 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 62% for landline numbers and 49% 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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