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OPINION POLLS

Opinion poll & results from Asahi Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures are rounded off. Some questions and answers have been omitted. Parenthesized figures are the results of the survey taken on Sept. 16–17, 2020.)

 

Q: Do you support the Suga cabinet?

 

Yes

53(65)

No

22(13)

 

Q: Which political party do you support now?

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

39(41)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

6(6)

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)

0(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(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

41(38)

No answer (N/A) + Don’t know (D/K)

6(7)

 

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)

46(48)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ)

12(12)

Komeito (Komeito)

5(6)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4(4)

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

9(8)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP)

2(1)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1(1)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0(0)

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

1(1)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

2(2)

Other political parties, groups

1(2)

D/K+N/A

17(15)

 

Q: The following two questions concern the Science Council of Japan (SCJ). Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga refused to appoint some scholars nominated by the SCJ for membership. Do you think this was appropriate?

 

Yes

31

No

36

 

Q: Do you think that Prime Minister Suga has adequately explained why he refused to appoint some scholars nominated by the SCJ for membership?

 

Yes

15

No

63

 

Q: Do you approve of the government’s handling of the novel coronavirus so far?

 

Yes

49

No

37

 

Q: Do you think that Prime Minister Suga has demonstrated leadership in the handling of the novel coronavirus?

 

Yes

26

No

45

 

Q: Are you concerned that you will become financially strapped due to the novel coronavirus?

 

Yes

52

No

46

 

Q: The government is implementing “Go To Travel,” a campaign to support tourism by offering discounts. Do you approve of the campaign?

 

Yes

47

No

43

 

Q: Do you want to take advantage of Go To Travel? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Yes

36

No

46

I have already used it

15

 

Q: How concerned are you that there will be a resurgence of the novel coronavirus?

 

Very concerned

37

Somewhat concerned

51

Not very concerned

10

Not concerned at all

2

 

Q: How do you think the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games should be handled? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

They should be held next summer

41

Postponed again

26

Cancelled

28

 

Q: Suga administration is urging mobile phone companies to lower their charges. What is your view of the government being actively involved in the lowering of mobile phone rates?

 

Approve

39

Somewhat approve

43

Do not approve very much

13

Do not approve at all

3

 

Q: Are you in favor of or opposed to the elimination of the use of hanko seals in various administrative procedures?

 

In favor

55

Opposed

34

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted from the evening of Oct. 17–18, 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 1,458 persons, including 571 persons (out of 1,085 households found to have one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 887 persons (out of the 1,860 persons found to be eligible voters) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 53% for landline numbers and 48% 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 the Sept. 16–17, 2020, poll. 

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