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Kyodo News spot opinion poll & results from Tokyo Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures in parentheses are the results of the spot survey conducted Sept. 8–9, 2020.)

 

Q1: Do you support the recently launched Suga cabinet?

 

Yes

66.4

 

No

16.2

 

Don’t know (D/K) + No answer (N/A)

17.4

 

 

Q2: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the previous question) What is the primary reason for your approval of the Suga cabinet?

 

The prime minister is trustworthy

28.2

 

Because it’s a coalition cabinet of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and Komeito

11.1

 

The prime minister has leadership ability

12.9

 

Something can be expected of its economic policies

13.7

 

Something can be expected of its foreign policy

3.1

 

There’s no other appropriate person [for prime minister]

28.6

 

Other answers (O/A)

1.1

 

D/K+N/A

1.3

 

 

Q3: (Only for those who answered “no” to the first question) What is the primary reason for your disapproval of the Suga cabinet?

 

The prime minister is untrustworthy

16.2

 

Because it’s a coalition cabinet of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and Komeito

19.7

 

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

5.5

 

Nothing can be expected of its economic policies

14.3

 

Nothing can be expected of its foreign policy

10.7

 

Don’t think the prime minister is appropriate for the position

19.9

 

O/A

7.0

 

D/K+N/A

6.7

 

 

Q4: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

47.8

(50.6)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

7.0

 

Komeito (Komeito)

3.4

(3.5)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4.0

(3.1)

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

4.7

(4.5)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1.2

 

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.7

(0.1)

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

0.7

(0.6)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0.6

(1.3)

Other political parties, groups

(0.3)

None of the above (NOTA)

28.0

(20.9)

D/K+N/A

1.9

(3.3)

 

Q5: What do you think should be the priority issues for the Suga cabinet? Select up to two.

 

Measures to address the novel coronavirus

64.1

 

Economy and jobs

35.2

 

Fiscal reconstruction

18.4

 

Pensions, healthcare, and nursing care

23.8

 

Measures to support childrearing and to address the decline in the birthrate

17.1

 

Post-disaster reconstruction and disaster mitigation measures

5.7

 

Foreign affairs and security

11.7

 

Regional revitalization

6.7

 

Reform of government offices

4.5

 

Constitutional amendment

3.1

 

Other answers (O/A)

1.2

 

D/K+N/A

0.7

 

 

Q6: In the LDP presidential election, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga emphasized that he would continue the policies of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, including Abenomics. Do you approve of this approach?

 

Yes

58.7

 

No

32.4

 

D/K+N/A

8.9

 

 

Q7: At the same time, Prime Minister Suga has refused to reinvestigate the scandals surrounding school operator Moritomo Gakuen and the Kake Gakuen Educational Institution and the “cherry blossom viewing party.” What do you think about this stance?

 

These matters should be reinvestigated

62.2

 

There is no need to reinvestigate these matters

31.7

 

D/K+N/A

6.1

 

 

Q8: Eight Abe cabinet ministers, including Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso, were reappointed to the Suga cabinet, while five ministers are first-time cabinet ministers. Are you hopeful about this lineup of ministers?

 

Yes

49.2

 

No

40.6

 

D/K+N/A

10.2

 

 

Q9: The CDPJ, the DPFP, and others merged to launch a new party, and Yukio Edano was elected as its leader. Are you hopeful about the new CDPJ?

 

Yes

36.9

 

No

55.8

 

D/K+N/A

7.3

 

 

Q10: The terms of Lower House members expire in October next year. When do you think the Lower House should be dissolved and a general election held?

 

As soon as possible

11.7

(13.2)

Within this year

12.0

(10.1)

In the first half of next year

15.2

(14.3)

When the current members’ terms expire or at a time close to that

55.1

(58.4)

D/K+N/A

6.0

(4.0)

 

Q11. What political party do you intend to vote for in the proportional representation segment of the next Lower House election?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

44.4

(48.1)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ)

9.0

(15.7)

Komeito (Komeito)

5.9

(4.6)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4.5

(3.8)

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

6.1

(5.8)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP)

1.2

(0.5)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.6

(0.4)

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

0.7

(0.2)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1.8

(1.9)

Other political parties, groups

(0.2)

D/K+N/A

25.8

(18.8)

 

Note: In questions where multiple responses are permitted, figures tally to more than 100%. “Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ)” and “Democratic Party for the People (DPFP)” in question 11 were referred to as “New party formed through the merger of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) and the Democratic Party for the People (DPFP)” and “New party that DPFP leader Yuichiro Tamaki and others aim to form,” respectively in the previous poll.

 

Polling methodology: The spot survey was conducted by telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis from the afternoon of Sept. 16 through Sept. 17, 2020, targeting voters across the nation. However, the survey excluded landline numbers in some areas of Fukushima Prefecture. The survey covered 688 randomly selected households with eligible voters nationwide [by landline phone], with responses collected from 501 people. A total of 1,277 people were accessed through their mobile phones, of which 502 responded. 

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