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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 July 3–5, 2020.

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

37(39)

No

54(52)

Other answers (O/A)

 4(4)

No answer (N/A)

 5(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

7

The prime minister has leadership ability

9

The prime minister is trustworthy

7

The cabinet’s lineup is good

2

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

23

Because it’s better than its predecessors

48

O/A

2

N/A

3

 

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

31

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

17

The prime minister is untrustworthy

33

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

6

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

8

Because its predecessors were better

3

O/A

1

N/A

2

 

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

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

33(32)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

5(5)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

2(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(–)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0(1)

O/A

1(1)

None of the above (NOTA)

46(46)

N/A

5(4)

 

Q: In the case of Japan, do you think the positives of having the same person serve as prime minister for a long time outweigh the negatives? Or do you think the negatives outweigh the positives or that the positives and negatives are about the same?

 

Positives outweigh the negatives

20

Negatives outweigh the positives

32

Positives and negatives are about the same

42

N/A

6

 

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

12

Shigeru Ishiba

24

Katsunobu Kato

0

Fumio Kishida

4

Shinjiro Koizumi

16

Taro Kono

13

Yoshihide Suga

4

Yasutoshi Nishimura

1

Seiko Noda

3

Toshimitsu Motegi

1

O/A

There is no appropriate LDP politician

15

N/A

7

 

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

 

Yes

27

No

66

N/A

7

 

Q: Do you think that Prime Minister Abe has demonstrated leadership in his handling of the new coronavirus?

 

Yes

17

No

78

N/A

5

 

Q: Are you concerned that you will become seriously ill with the new coronavirus?*

 

Very concerned

20

Somewhat concerned

53

Not very concerned

21

Not concerned at all

6

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?*

 

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

49

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

48

N/A

3

 

Q: The “Go To Travel” campaign supports tourism by offering discounts on travel expenses. Do you think it is appropriate that the government started the “Go To Travel” campaign from last month?

 

Yes

10

No

85

N/A

5

 

Q: Which of the following two items is closer to your view on people returning home during the Obon summer holidays this year?*

 

It is no problem if thorough measures are taken to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus

22

There is a chance that such travel will lead to the spread of the coronavirus, so people should refrain from returning home

76

N/A

2

 

Q: The opposition parties are seeking to have an extraordinary session of the Diet held quickly to discuss government measures to address the new coronavirus. Do you think an extraordinary session should be held quickly or that there is no need to rush to hold a session?

 

An extraordinary session should be held quickly

73

There is no need to rush to hold an extraordinary session

23

N/A

4

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on Aug. 7–9, 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 1,083 persons, including 533 persons (out of the 881 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 550 persons (out of the 1,150 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 60% 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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