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OPINION POLLS

Opinion poll & results from Mainichi Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(T = total; P = previous poll [conducted on Dec. 12, 2020]; M = male; F = female)

 

Q: Do you support the Suga cabinet?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

33

(40)

35

30

No

57

(49)

58

55

No answer

10

(12)

7

14

 

Q: Do you approve of the Suga administration’s handling of the novel coronavirus?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

15

(14)

16

14

No

66

(62)

68

64

Unsure

18

(24)

16

20

 

Q: Do you approve of the COVID-19 measures implemented by the prefecture where you live?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

38

 

35

42

No

31

 

35

24

Unsure

31

 

30

33

 

Q: What do you think about the government’s declaration of a state of emergency to address the spread of COVID-19? 

 

 

T

P

M

F

Appropriate

18

 

19

15

Too late

71

 

69

73

Not necessary

7

 

7

7

Don’t know

5

 

5

5

 

Q: Do you think the state of emergency should be expanded nationwide?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

50

 

50

50

No

42

 

44

40

Don’t know

8

 

6

10

 

Q: The government is considering stipulating penalties for business operators who refuse to shorten their operating hours and individuals with COVID-19 who refuse to be hospitalized. Do you think penalties are needed?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

51

 

53

45

No

34

 

36

31

Don’t know

15

 

10

23

 

Q: Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has called for people to refrain from nonessential and nonurgent outings, as well as for a 70% telework rate. Do you think he has been successful in conveying his message to citizens?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

19

 

20

18

No

80

 

80

82

 

Q: Prime Minister Suga has indicated that he expects COVID-19 vaccinations to be administered in Japan starting from late February. Are you hopeful about the vaccine?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

72

 

74

68

No

28

 

25

32

 

Q: Are you afraid of becoming infected with COVID-19?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

90

 

88

92

No

10

 

11

8

I have already been infected

0

 

0

 

Q: Select the item below that is closest to your view on the spread of COVID-19.

 

 

T

P

M

F

The government bears heavy responsibility

40

 

41

40

People who have not followed countermeasures are in the wrong

30

 

29

32

It cannot be helped because it is a new virus

29

 

30

28

 

Q: Are the explanations given by former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe regarding the dinner parties held on the evening before the “cherry blossom viewing parties” believable?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

9

 

10

6

No

67

 

67

67

Not interested

24

 

22

27

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

28

(33)

31

23

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

11

(12)

12

10

Komeito (Komeito)

3

(3)

3

4

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

5

(6)

5

5

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

7

(8)

7

5

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

2

(1)

2

1

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0

(1)

0

0

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1

(2)

2

0

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

1

(1)

1

1

Other political groups

1

(0)

1

2

None of the above (NOTA)

40

(31)

36

47

 

Note: Figures rounded off. “0” indicates that the figure was below 0.5%, and “–” denotes that no respondents gave that answer. “No answer” omitted.

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by the Social Survey Research Center and the Mainichi Shimbun on Jan. 16, 2021, 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 368 landline phone numbers.

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