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Opinion poll & results from Sankei Shimbun

Main Questions & Answers of the Sankei-FNN Joint Public Opinion Poll (%)

 

Q: Do you support Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his Cabinet?

 

Yes

52.3

 

No

45.0

 

Other answers (O/A)

2.7

 

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

39.1

 

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

8.9

 

Komeito (Komeito)

3.6

 

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2.5

 

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

4.0

 

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

0.9

 

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.3

 

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0.9

 

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

0.5

 

Other political parties

0.4

 

None of the above (NOTA)

38.5

 

O/A

0.3

 

 

Q: Do you approve of the government’s COVID-19 countermeasures?

 

Yes

33.6

 

No

65.6

 

O/A

0.8

 

 

Q: Under the current COVID-19 status, which do you think the government should prioritize more: prevention of disease spread or economic revitalization?

 

Prevention of the spread of COVID-19

86.3

 

Economic revitalization

12.7

 

O/A

0.9

 

 

Q: How has your personal financial situation changed since the spread of COVID-19?

 

Deteriorated

29.2

 

No change

69.4

 

Improved

1.4

 

O/A

0.0

 

 

Q: The government has issued a state-of-emergency declaration for 11 prefectures, including Tokyo and Osaka. Do you think the geographical scope of the declaration is appropriate?

 

The designation of the 11 prefectures is appropriate

27.6

 

The declaration should also cover other areas where COVID-19 is not under control

28.9

 

A state of emergency should be declared nationwide

39.2

 

It was not necessary to issue a state-of-emergency declaration

3.3

 

O/A

1.1

 

 

Q: Restaurants and bars in the areas subject to the state-of-emergency declaration have been requested to shorten their operating hours or to suspend operations. The government aims to introduce both “cooperation money” to compliant restaurants and bars and penalties to those noncompliant. Are you in favor of or opposed to the introduction of penalties?

 

In favor

40.6

 

Opposed

58.4

 

O/A

1.0

 

 

Q: The government plans to penalize those persons with COVID-19 who refuse to be hospitalized. Are you in favor of or opposed to this?

 

In favor

54.0

 

Opposed

45.6

 

O/A

0.4

 

 

Q: The government aims to start administering COVID-19 vaccinations as soon as the end of February. Are you optimistic that vaccination will bring the COVID-19 situation under control?

 

Yes

77.2

 

No

21.9

 

O/A

0.9

 

 

Q: Do you want to be vaccinated for COVID-19?

 

Yes

69.2

 

No

29.4

 

O/A

1.4

 

 

Q: Prime Minister Suga has appointed administrative reform minister Taro Kono to oversee the entire vaccination effort. Are you hopeful about this appointment?

 

Yes

77.9

 

No

20.9

 

O/A

1.2

 

 

Q: The government plans to hold the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer by taking thorough COVID-19 countermeasures. Which one of the following is closest to your view?

 

The Games should be held as scheduled by taking thorough COVID-19 countermeasures

15.5

 

There will be no choice but to postpone the Games again

28.7

 

It is inevitable that the Games will be cancelled

55.4

 

O/A

0.4

 

 

Q: The Biden administration took office in the United States on Jan. 20. Do you think that Japan-U.S. ties will improve under the Biden administration?

 

Ties will improve

26.1

 

There will be no change in ties

64.6

 

Ties will worsen

8.1

 

O/A

1.1

 

 

(Note) “O/A” for “other answers” is the sum of respondents who said they “don’t know” and those that said they are “unsure.”

 

Polling methodology: A total of 1,104 men and women, aged 18 and over, across the nation were surveyed. The nation was divided into 11 blocs corresponding to the Lower House proportional representation districts. The survey was conducted by placing telephone calls on a random digit dialing (RDD) basis until the calculated number of responses obtained from each bloc corresponded to that bloc’s relative population. A weighted adjustment was then performed for such variables as gender and age. Calls were placed to both landline and mobile numbers in the ratio of 4:6. The following follow-up question was posed to respondents who gave an unclear answer: “Which is closer to your view?” The responses to the follow-up questions were added to the responses to the initial questions. [The survey was conducted on Jan. 23–24, 2021.]

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