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OPINION POLLS

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 Nov. 6–8, 2020.

 

Q: Do you support the Suga cabinet?

 

Yes

61(69)

No

27(22)

Other answers (O/A)

5(3)

No answer (N/A)

7(6)

 

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

19

The prime minister has leadership ability

4

The prime minister is trustworthy

16

The cabinet’s lineup is good

3

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

13

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

44

O/A

1

N/A

1

 

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

25

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

26

The prime minister is untrustworthy

22

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

4

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

18

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

3

O/A

0

N/A

2

 

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

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

42(48)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

5(4)

Komeito (Komeito)

3(3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

1(2)

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

2(3)

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)

0(–)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0(0)

O/A

1(1)

None of the above (NOTA)

40(36)

N/A

5(2)

 

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)

49

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

9

Komeito (Komeito)

4

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2

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

7

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)

1

Other political party

1

Undecided

15

N/A

9

 

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

 

Yes

42

No

49

N/A

9

 

Q: In light of the status of COVID-19 infections, the government plans to continue with its “Go To Travel” tourism promotion campaign, while exempting some destinations and calling on certain groups of people to refrain from using the program. Which of the following is the closest to your views on the program? Select only one from the following three.*

 

It is best for the program to be continued

21

It would be best if the program were temporarily suspended

57

It would be best if the plan were stopped

20

N/A

1

 

Q: Are you concerned that you may become infected with the novel coronavirus and develop serious symptoms? Select only one from the following four.*

 

Very concerned

23

Somewhat concerned

50

Not very concerned

20

Not concerned at all

6

N/A

0

 

Q: What are your views on people going to their hometowns or traveling during the year-end or new year holidays? Select the one closer to your view.

 

If thorough infection prevention measures are taken, there is no problem

23

People should refrain from such travel because it may spread the disease

75

N/A

1

 

Q: Once the COVID-19 vaccine is approved, it will be available free of charge. What do you plan to do? Select only one from the following three.*

 

I want to be vaccinated immediately

15

I want to be vaccinated but I am not in a rush

69

I do not want to be vaccinated

15

N/A

2

 

Q: It has been revealed that former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s office may have covered part of the expenses of the dinner parties held on the evening before the “cherry blossom viewing parties.” Do you think Abe should explain this matter?

 

He should explain

72

There is no need for him to explain

24

N/A

4

 

Q: Former Prime Minister Abe has said in the Diet that his office has never made any payments for the dinner parties. Do you think Abe bears great responsibility?

 

Yes

67

No

25

N/A

8

 

Q: In response to a request from the government, mobile phone companies have announced fee schedules that are cheaper than those in the past. Do you think the mobile phone companies are making adequate efforts?

 

Yes

39

No

50

N/A

11

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on Dec. 4–6, 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 1,074 persons, including 536 persons (out of the 917 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 538 persons (out of the 1,194 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 58% 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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