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Opinion poll & results from Asahi Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures are rounded off. Some questions and answers have been omitted. All questions were asked of all respondents except for those questions indented and marked with a bullet, which are sub-questions. The figures given for sub-questions are percentages of the respondents in the given category. Bracketed figures denote percentages of all respondents. Parenthesized figures are the results of the survey taken on Sept. 2–3, 2020.)

 

Q: Do you support the Suga cabinet?

 

Yes

65

No

13

 

  • Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the foregoing question) Why?  Select only one response from the list below.)

 

The prime minister is Mr. Suga

23[15]

It’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

14[9]

Policies

20[13]

It seems better than the others

41[26]

 

  • Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the foregoing question) Why not? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

The prime minister is Mr. Suga

9[1]

It’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

38[5]

Policies

27[4]

The others seem better

21[3]

 

Q: Which political party do you support now?

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

41(40)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

6(–)

Komeito (Komeito)

3(2)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2(3)

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

2(1)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1(–)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0(0)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0(0)

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

0(0)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0(0)

Other political party

0(1)

None of the above (NOTA)

38(41)

No answer (N/A) + Don’t know (D/K)

7(8)

 

Q: If you were to vote now in a Lower House election, which political party would you vote for in the proportional representation segment? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

48

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ)

12

Komeito (Komeito)

6

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4

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

8

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP)

1

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0

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

1

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

2

Other political parties, groups

2

D/K+N/A

15

 

Q: The following question concerns the Suga cabinet lineup. Over half of the members of the previous Abe cabinet have been retained in the Suga cabinet. Do you think this was good?

 

Yes

58

No

24

 

Q: Do you think Prime Minister Suga should continue Abe’s economic policies?

 

Yes

37

No

50

 

Q: Are you optimistic about Prime Minister Suga’s handling of the new coronavirus?

 

Yes

63

No

22

 

Q: With the Abe administration, there was one scandal after another, including the problems surrounding school operator Moritomo Gakuen and Kake Gakuen Educational Institution as well as the “cherry blossom viewing party.” Do you think that Prime Minister Suga should have the facts of these scandals clarified?

 

Yes

54

No

36

 

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

 

Within this year

17(23)

Next year

72(68)

 

Q: The new Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) has been formed through the merger of the CDPJ and the Democratic Party for the People (DPFP). Are you hopeful about the new CDPJ?

 

Yes

37

No

52

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted from the evening of Sept. 16 through the night of Sept. 17, 2020, on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis targeting voters nationwide with telephone calls placed by pollsters to landline and mobile phone numbers. Valid responses were received from a total of 1,266 persons, including 450 persons (out of 840 households found to have one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 816 persons (out of the 1,568 persons found to be eligible voters) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 54% for landline numbers and 52% for mobile numbers. In light of the spread of mobile phones, the Asahi Shimbun has changed the ratio of the target number of landline to mobile phone responses from 5:5 to 4:6, starting from this poll. 

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