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OPINION POLLS

Spot opinion poll & results from Mainichi Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(T = total; P = previous poll [conducted on Sept. 8, 2020]; M = male; F = female)

 

Q: Do you support the Suga cabinet?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

64

 

64

65

No

27

 

28

24

No answer

9

 

7

11

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the above question) Why? Select one from the following.

 

 

T

P

M

F

Because it looks like it will continue the policies of the Abe administration

30

 

36

19

Because it looks like something can be expected of the cabinet’s policies

35

 

33

38

Because I have a favorable impression of the prime minister

27

 

24

33

Because it is a coalition cabinet formed of Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito members

5

 

4

6

Don’t know

3

 

3

2

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the above question) Why? Select one from the following.

 

 

T

P

M

F

Because there is no improvement from the Abe administration

61

 

64

58

Because it looks like nothing can be expected of the cabinet’s policies

20

 

17

27

Because I don’t like the prime minister

8

 

8

8

Because it is a coalition cabinet formed of Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito members

10

 

10

8

Don’t know

0

 

1

 

Q: Are there policies that you would like to see changed from the Abe administration? If so, select it from the list below. Select one response only.

 

 

T

P

M

F

Coronavirus countermeasures

21

 

19

26

Economic policies

24

 

26

19

Social security

17

 

16

21

Foreign policy and security

9

 

10

8

Prime minister’s political stance

19

 

19

17

None in particular

10

 

10

9

 

Q: Katsunobu Kato has been appointed the Suga cabinet’s chief cabinet secretary. Are you optimistic about him? 

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

39

 

39

40

No

29

 

32

23

Don’t know

32

 

29

36

 

Q: Taro Kono has been appointed minister in charge of administrative reform. Are you optimistic about him? 

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

76

 

78

72

No

13

 

14

11

Don’t know

10

 

8

17

 

Q: Taro Aso will continue as deputy prime minister and finance minister. Do you approve of this appointment? 

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

34

 

37

28

No

54

 

53

56

Don’t know

12

 

9

16

 

Q: Toshihiro Nikai will continue as LDP secretary-general. Do you approve of this appointment? 

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

21

 

23

18

No

56

 

61

47

Don’t know

22

 

16

35

 

Q: Shigeru Ishiba was not given a cabinet position or a key post in the LDP. What do you think of this? 

 

 

T

P

M

F

Appropriate

40

 

47

28

Problematic

38

 

37

42

Don’t know

22

 

17

31

 

Q: Some say that the new prime minister should ask for the people’s confidence by holding a Lower House election soon after he takes office. Others say that coronavirus countermeasures should be prioritized over an election now. Which is closer to your view?

 

 

T

P

M

F

A Lower House election should be held quickly

19

(23)

20

14

Coronavirus countermeasures should be prioritized

72

(65)

71

75

Unsure

9

(11)

9

11

 

Q: The ruling parties have launched the Suga cabinet, and a merged party made up of some of the opposition forces has been formed. Which political party do you plan to vote for in the proportional representation segment of the next Lower House election?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

44

 

46

40

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

15

 

16

13

Komeito (Komeito)

4

 

3

4

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

5

 

5

7

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

8

 

9

6

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1

 

1

1

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0

 

0

1

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

3

 

3

2

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

1

 

1

1

Other political groups

1

 

1

1

There is no party that I want to vote for

10

 

9

11

Don’t know

7

 

5

11

 

Q: The consumption tax rate was debated in the LDP presidential election and the election of a leader for the new Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan. Which of the following is closest to your view?

 

 

T

P

M

F

The consumption tax rate should be maintained at its current level

45

 

44

49

It should be lowered as a measure to stimulate the economy

41

 

43

36

It should be raised to boost social security

9

 

10

7

Don’t know

5

 

3

8

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

44

(39)

46

40

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

12

 

13

11

Komeito (Komeito)

4

(4)

4

4

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

5

(4)

4

8

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

8

(8)

8

7

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1

 

0

1

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0

(1)

0

1

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

2

(2)

2

2

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

1

(0)

1

1

Other political groups

1

(1)

1

1

None of the above (NOTA)

22

(31)

21

24

 

Note: Figures rounded off. “0” indicates that the figure was below 0.5%, and “–” denotes that no respondents gave that answer. “No answer” omitted. The figures for the CDPJ and the DPFP are for the new parties; figures from the previous poll [which was conducted prior to the two new parties’ formation] have been omitted.

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by the Social Survey Research Center and the Mainichi Shimbun together with Japan News Network (JNN) on Sept. 17 of those 18 years old or older. A computer-aided random digit sampling (RDS) method was used to generate phone numbers (both landlines and cell phones) randomly by computer, and an interactive voice response system was used to call those numbers. For mobile phones, people were asked through audio guidance to cooperate in the survey, and those who agreed to participate were sent a short message service (SMS) text message providing a link to an online answer form. For landline phones, respondents were asked questions by interactive voice response system and pushed buttons on their phones to indicate their answer. The target number of valid responses was set at 700 for mobile phones and 300 for landlines phones. Valid responses were received from 711 mobile numbers and 314 landline phone numbers.

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