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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 Dec. 26–27, 2020.

 

Q: Do you support the Suga cabinet?

 

Yes

39(45)

No

49(43)

Other answers (O/A)

4(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

10

The prime minister has leadership ability

2

The prime minister is trustworthy

20

The cabinet’s lineup is good

5

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

16

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

24

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

43

The prime minister is untrustworthy

14

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

4

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

8

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

3

O/A

1

N/A

1

 

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

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

37(38)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

5(3)

Komeito (Komeito)

3(3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2(2)

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

1(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)

0(0)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0(0)

O/A

1(1)

None of the above (NOTA)

46(47)

N/A

3(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)

40

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

13

Komeito (Komeito)

5

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4

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

4

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

2

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

18

N/A

10

 

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

 

Yes

26

No

66

N/A

8

 

Q: In light of the spread of COVID-19, the government has issued a state-of-emergency declaration for Tokyo, Osaka, and other prefectures. What do you think about the geographical scope of the declaration? From the following three items, select the one that is closest to your view.*

 

The current geographical scope of the declaration is appropriate

19

The declaration should be broadened to cover other areas seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases

36

The declaration should be made nationwide

42

N/A

3

 

Q: Do you think the national and prefectural governments are adequately coordinating their efforts to handle COVID-19?

 

Yes

11

No

85

N/A

4

 

Q: Are you in favor of or opposed to imposing penalties on restaurants and bars that are located in prefectures under a state of emergency and that do not comply with orders from the prefectural governor for the reduction of business hours or business closure?

 

In favor

38

Opposed

52

N/A

10

 

Q: Are you in favor of or opposed to imposing penalties on persons with COVID-19 who live in prefectures under a state of emergency and refuse to be hospitalized or do not comply with public health center surveys?

 

In favor

68

Opposed

27

N/A

5

 

Q: Are you reluctant to receive treatment at hospitals amid the spread of COVID-19?

 

Yes

43

No

55

N/A

3

 

Q: Do you think citizens in general are laxer with efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 than during the state of emergency last year?

 

Yes

88

No

9

N/A

3

 

Q: The following two questions concern the inauguration of Joe Biden as the new president of the United States.

  • Are you more hopeful or concerned about the state of Japan-U.S. relations going forward?

 

More hopeful than concerned

28

More concerned than hopeful

19

Hopeful and concerned to the same degree

49

N/A

4

 

  • Do you think that Japan should maintain its policy of valuing the alliance with the United States as it has in the past or do you think it should review the policy?

 

Continue

64

Reconsider

27

N/A

8

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on Jan. 15–17, 2021, 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 1,093 persons, including 543 persons (out of the 875 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 550 persons (out of the 1,193 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 62% for landline numbers and 46% 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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