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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 June 5–7, 2020.

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

39(40)

No

52(50)

Other answers (O/A)

 4(4)

No answer (N/A)

 6(6)

 

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

9

The prime minister has leadership ability

8

The prime minister is trustworthy

11

The cabinet’s lineup is good

2

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

14

Because it’s better than its predecessors

48

O/A

4

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

19

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

12

The prime minister is untrustworthy

47

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

6

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

10

Because its predecessors were better

2

O/A

1

N/A

3

 

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

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

32(34)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

5(4)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

4(3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2(3)

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

4(3)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

 0(0)

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

–(0)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1(1)

O/A

1(1)

None of the above (NOTA)

46(45)

N/A

4(5)

 

Q: The current Lower House members’ terms end in October next year. When do you think the Lower House should be dissolved and a general election held?

  

This year

21

In the first half of next year

27

An election should not be held until the terms of the current members expired

40

N/A

12

 

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

 

Yes

45

No

48

N/A

7

 

Q: In its measures to address the new coronavirus to date, the government has placed priority on the views of the expert panel, including reducing interpersonal contact by 80% and adopting “new lifestyle habits.” Overall do you think that was appropriate?

 

Yes

66

No

22

N/A

12

 

Q: Do you think you will travel to another prefecture(s) this summer?

 

I will travel to another prefecture(s)

12

I will travel to someplace close by

15

I will refrain from traveling

67

N/A

6

 

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

 

Very concerned

57

Somewhat concerned

38

Not very concerned

5

Not concerned at all

1

N/A

0

 

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 people’s health

47

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

49

N/A

3

 

Q: To speedily distribute cash handouts as part of economic measures to address the new coronavirus, the government plans to link one savings account to each My Number taxpayer identification number. Such numbers have been assigned to all residents in Japan. Are you in favor of or opposed to this policy?

 

In favor

40

Opposed

50

N/A

10

 

Q: The government has withdrawn the plan to deploy Aegis Ashore land-based missile defense systems to defend Japan in the event of a ballistic missile attack.  Do you approve of this decision?

 

Yes

53

No

33

N/A

14

 

Q: Some say that Japan should possess the ability to attack an enemy base overseas before the enemy strikes Japan. The government says that possession of such capabilities “is permitted under the Constitution, but Japan’s policy decision is to not possess such equipment.” Are you in favor of or opposed to Japan possessing the ability to make preemptive strikes on enemy bases?

 

In favor

43

Opposed

49

N/A

8

 

Q: Former Justice Minister and Lower House member Katsuyuki Kawai and his wife, Upper House member Anri Kawai, were arrested on suspicion of vote-buying in last year’s Upper House election. Do you think that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bears a major responsibility for the scandal as president of the LDP to which the two belong?

 

Yes

65

No

30

N/A

5

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on July 3–5, 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 1,086 persons, including 544 persons (out of the 922 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 542 persons (out of the 1,219 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 59% for landline numbers and 44% 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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