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Results of the NHK opinion poll on 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games

  • July 22, 2020
  • , NHK digital
  • JMH Translation

Questions & answers (%)

 

Q1: How interested are you in the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games? Select one from the following four items.

 

Very interested

22.5

Somewhat interested

48.2

Not very interested

21.6

Not interested at all

6.9

Don’t know + No answer

0.9

 

Q2: How much are you looking forward to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games? Select one from the following four items.

 

Very much

25.2

Somewhat

44.4

Not very much

20.7

Not at all

9.1

Don’t know + No answer

0.6

 

Q3: The Games have been postponed one year due to COVID-19. What are your views on holding the Games from next July? Select one from the following three items.

 

They should be held

25.6

They should be postponed again

35.1

They should be canceled

31.3

Don’t know + No answer

8.1

 

Q4: (To those who responded “They should be held” or “They should be postponed again”) What is the primary reason you think the Games should not be canceled? Select one from the following five items.

 

Because I am looking forward to having the Games in Japan

24.8

Because otherwise the athletes would not be rewarded for their efforts

39.4

Because the budget spent and preparations made to date would be wasted

15.4

Because we can expect the Games will bring economic recovery

12.2

Because the Games would signify that the coronavirus crisis has been overcome

5.6

Other answers

0.9

Don’t know + No answer

1.8

 

Q5: (To those who responded “They should be held” or “They should be postponed again”) What is the secondary reason you think the Games should not be canceled? Select one from the following five items.

 

Because I am looking forward to having the Games in Japan

14.5

Because otherwise the athletes would not be rewarded for their efforts

23.0

Because the budget spent and preparations made to date would be wasted

16.1

Because we can expect the Games will bring economic recovery

14.9

Because the Games would signify that the coronavirus crisis has been overcome

13.1

Other answers

1.4

Don’t know + No answer

17.0

 

Q6: (To those who responded “They should be canceled”) What is the primary reason you think the Games should be canceled? Select one from the following five items.

 

Because it looks like the worldwide pandemic of the novel coronavirus will continue

54.2

Because I am worried about the virus spreading in Japan

14.0

Because it does not look possible that preparations, including the selection of athletes, can be completed in time

2.2

Because I would like to see the budget set aside for the Games spend on coronavirus countermeasures

13.5

Because the fiscal condition of the national and local governments will deteriorate with the increase in the costs of the Games

11.8

Other answers

1.2

Don’t know + No answer

3.0

 

Q7: (To those who responded “They should be canceled”) What is the secondary reason you think the Games should be canceled? Select one from the following five items.

 

Because it looks like the worldwide pandemic of the novel coronavirus will continue

12.8

Because I am worried about the virus spreading in Japan

24.1

Because it does not look possible that preparations, including the selection of athletes, can be completed in time

5.9

Because I would like to see the budget set aside for the Games spent on coronavirus countermeasures

20.2

Because the fiscal condition of the national and local governments will deteriorate with the increase in the costs of the Games

17.2

Other answers

1.5

Don’t know + No answer

18.2

 

Q8: To combat the coronavirus and reduce expenses, the Games organizing committee and others are considering simplifying the Games, including making the opening ceremony smaller and reducing the number of people participating in it. What do you think about this approach? Select one from the following four items.

 

In favor

35.2

Generally in favor

35.2

Generally opposed

12.5

Opposed

11.2

Don’t know + No answer

5.9

 

Q9: To combat the coronavirus, some sporting events are being held without spectators. Are you favor of or opposed to holding the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games without spectators? Select one from the following four items.

 

In favor

14.2

Generally in favor

27.4

Generally opposed

30.4

Opposed

22.6

Don’t know + No answer

5.5

 

Q10: (To those who answered either “in favor” or “generally in favor”) Why are you in favor of holding the Games without spectators? Select one from the following four items.

 

Because it would be better to hold the Games without spectators than to not hold the Games at all

21.5

Because the Games can be watched on television

52.2

Because expense and trouble of coronavirus countermeasures can be saved

18.9

Because from the start I have not intended to watch the Games

5.4

Other answers

0.6

Don’t know + No answer

1.5

 

Q11: (To those who answered either “opposed” or “generally opposed”) Why are you opposed to holding the Games without spectators? Select one from the following four items.

 

Because that would eliminate the advantage of being able to watch the Games in Japan

11.9

Because the Games won’t be exciting without spectators

27.4

Because the lack of cheering will impact the motivation and performance of the athletes

29.4

Because the reduction in the number of visitors to Japan will result in less economic benefits

22.4

Other answers

4.4

Don’t know + No answer

4.5

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on July 17–19, 2020, on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis and targeted those aged 18 or over with calls placed to landline and mobile phone numbers. Valid responses were received from a total of 1,298 persons, including 645 persons (out of the 965 households sampled) for landline numbers and 653 persons (out of the 1,227 persons sampled) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 66.8% for landline numbers and 53.2% for mobile numbers. Composition: men, 53.5%; women, 46.5%; age 18–19, 1.6%; 20–29, 5.6%; 30–39, 8.6%; 40–49, 15.8%; 50–59, 15.5%; 60–69, 19.7%; age 70 and over,33.0%; no answer: 0.2%.

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