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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 Sept. 4–6, 2020.

 

Q: Do you support the Suga cabinet?

 

Yes

74

No

14

Other answers (O/A)

5

No answer (N/A)

7

 

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 Suga cabinet.*

 

Something can be expected of its policy measures

25

The prime minister has leadership ability

8

The prime minister is trustworthy

19

The cabinet’s lineup is good

7

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

8

Because there is no one else who is suitable to be prime minister

30

O/A

1

N/A

2

 

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 Suga cabinet.*

 

Nothing can be expected of its policy measures

20

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

5

The prime minister is untrustworthy

18

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

14

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

28

Because there are other people who are suitable to be prime minister

9

O/A

2

N/A

4

 

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

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

47(41)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

4(4)

Komeito (Komeito)

3(3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2(1)

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

2(2)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1(1)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0(1)

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

–(–)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0(0)

O/A

0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

37(40)

N/A

3(6)

 

Q: Prime Minister Suga plans to basically continue the policies of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Do you approve of this plan?

 

Yes

63

No

25

N/A

12

 

Q: Of the 20 ministers appointed to the new cabinet, 15 are either reappointments from the Abe cabinet or people who have served as a cabinet minister before, and five are first-time appointments. Do you approve of the cabinet lineup overall?

 

Yes

62

No

27

N/A

10

 

Q: Do you approve of the reappointment of Taro Aso as deputy prime minister and finance minister?

 

Yes

39

No

53

N/A

8

 

Q: Do you approve of the appointment of Taro Kono as minister in charge of administrative reform?

 

Yes

77

No

12

N/A

11

 

Q: Do you think that Prime Minister Suga decided the new cabinet appointments and new LDP executive lineup with an eye to assigning the right person to the right position without being limited by LDP factional considerations or do you think he made the appointments based on factional considerations?

 

He made the decisions with an eye to assigning the right person to the right position

24

He made the decisions based on factional considerations

61

N/A

15

 

Q: What policies and issues would you like to see the Suga cabinet place priority on? Select only one from the following six.*

 

Economy and jobs

23

Fiscal reconstruction

10

Novel coronavirus countermeasures

34

Social security

12

Foreign policy and security

9

Administrative reform

9

O/A

0

Nothing in particular

0

N/A

1

 

Q: How long would you like to see Prime Minister Suga serve as prime minister? Select only one from the following four.*

 

Through his current term as LDP president (through September next year)

32

About two years

16

About three years

16

As long as possible

28

O/A

0

N/A

7

 

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

 

Within this year

13

In the first half of next year

21

There is no need to dissolve the Lower House and call a general election before the current members’ terms end

59

N/A

7

 

Q: Which political party do you intend to vote for in the proportional representation segment of the next Lower House election? Select only one from the following.*

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

55

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

8

Komeito (Komeito)

6

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3

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

6

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0

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

0

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1

Other political party

0

Undecided

13

N/A

7

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on Sept. 19–20, 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 1,075 persons, including 552 persons (out of the 921 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 523 persons (out of the 1,138 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 60% for landline numbers and 46% 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. The parenthesized figures for the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) and the Democratic Party for the People (DPFP) in the question on party support are the previous poll’s figures for the former CDPJ and the former DPFP, which existed prior to the formation of the new, merged CDPJ.

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