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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. 19–20, 2020.

 

Q: Do you support the Suga cabinet?

 

Yes

67(74)

No

21(14)

Other answers (O/A)

6(5)

No answer (N/A)

7(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

24

The prime minister has leadership ability

7

The prime minister is trustworthy

19

The cabinet’s lineup is good

5

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

10

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

33

O/A

0

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

18

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

9

The prime minister is untrustworthy

25

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

8

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

27

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

7

O/A

2

N/A

4

 

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

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

42(47)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

4(4)

Komeito (Komeito)

3(3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(2)

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(0)

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

–(–)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1(0)

O/A

1(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

41(37)

N/A

3(3)

 

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? Select only one from the following four.*

 

Within this year

9

Early next year

11

Spring or summer next year

15

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

59

N/A

5

 

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)

47

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

11

Komeito (Komeito)

5

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)

1

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

1

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

2

Other political party

1

Undecided

14

N/A

7

 

Q: Do you approve of the Japanese government’s handling of COVID-19 so far?

 

Yes

56

No

37

N/A

7

 

Q: Which do you think should be given priority in the handling of COVID-19: infection prevention measures or economic activities?

 

Infection prevention measures

59

Economic activities

32

Unsure

5

N/A

4

 

Q: Many Japanese universities are holding classes online due to COVID-19. The government is asking them to resume in-person classes again. Do you think that universities should resume in-person classes as much as possible?

 

Yes

70

No

22

N/A

9

 

Q: Do you think it is appropriate that the government is implementing “Go To Travel,” its tourism promotion campaign that offers discounts on travel fees?

 

Yes

48

No

44

N/A

8

 

Q: The government refused to appoint six of the 105 persons nominated by the Science Council of Japan (SCJ) to be its new members. The SCJ is under the jurisdiction of the prime minister.  Do you approve of the government’s handling of the matter?

 

Yes

32

No

47

N/A

21

 

Q: The government plans to subject the SCJ to administrative reforms and to review its organization. Do you approve of this policy?

 

Yes

58

No

26

N/A

17

 

Q: The government plans to abolish in principle the use of hanko seals in administrative procedures. Do you approve of this policy?

 

Yes

68

No

23

N/A

9

 

Q: The government plans to release into the ocean treated radioactive water from the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after the water has been diluted with seawater to levels within the national safety standard. Are you in favor of or opposed to this?

 

In favor

41

Opposed

50

N/A

9

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on Oct. 16–18, 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 1,051 persons, including 524 persons (out of the 866 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 527 persons (out of the 1,161 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 61% for landline numbers and 45% 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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