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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 Jan. 15–17, 2021.

 

Q: Do you support the Suga Cabinet?

 

Yes

39(39)

No

44(49)

Other answers (O/A)

3(4)

No answer (N/A)

13(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

8

The prime minister has leadership ability

2

The prime minister is trustworthy

15

The Cabinet’s lineup is good

4

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

18

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

49

O/A

1

N/A

4

 

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

23

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

46

The prime minister is untrustworthy

13

The Cabinet’s lineup is not good

6

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

0

N/A

1

 

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

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

37(37)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

5(5)

Komeito (Komeito)

4(3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2(2)

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

1(1)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1(1)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1(0)

The Party that Teaches How to Not Pay the NHK License Fee (NHK Jushinryo wo Shiharawanai Hoho wo Oshieru To)

0(0)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0(0)

O/A

0(1)

None of the above (NOTA)

42(46)

N/A

5(3)

 

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)

41

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

12

Komeito (Komeito)

5

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3

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

5

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

2

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

The Party that Teaches How to Not Pay the NHK License Fee (NHK Jushinryo wo Shiharawanai Hoho wo Oshieru To)

1

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1

Other political party

0

Undecided

20

N/A

8

 

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

 

Yes

34

No

57

N/A

9

 

Q: The government has extended the state-of-emergency declaration, originally issued for 11 prefectures through Feb. 7, to Mar. 7 for 10 prefectures, excluding Tochigi. Do you approve of this decision overall?*

 

Yes

80

No

15

N/A

4

 

Q: What do you think of the fact that Diet members visited nightclubs in Tokyo’s Ginza district until late at night during the state of emergency in the capital? Select only one from among the following four.*

 

Very problematic

79

Somewhat problematic

16

Not very problematic

4

Not problematic at all

1

N/A

1

 

Q: Do you think the spread of COVID-19 in Japan will get under control as the program to vaccinate the people moves forward?

 

Yes

70

No

20

N/A

9

 

Q: How do you plan to handle your opportunity for vaccination? Select only one from among the following three.*

 

I want to be vaccinated immediately

18

I would like to be vaccinated, but I do not plan to rush to do so

65

I do not want to be vaccinated

15

N/A

3

 

Q: What do you think the status of COVID-19 will be in Japan around this summer? Select only one from among the following three.*

 

Improving

37

Worsening

3

No change

56

N/A

3

 

Q: How do you think this summer’s Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games should be handled? Select only one from among the following four.*

 

Held with spectators

8

Held without spectators

28

Postponed again

33

Cancelled

28

N/A

3

 

Q: Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, apologized for and retracted inappropriate statements he made, including one where he said that “[meetings] would drag on if there were many women on the board of the Japanese Olympic Committee.” What do you think about this statement? Select only one from among the following four.*

 

Very problematic

63

Somewhat problematic

28

Not very problematic

6

Not problematic at all

1

N/A

1

 

Note: “The Party that Teaches How to Not Pay the NHK License Fee (NHK Jushinryo wo Shiharawanai Hoho wo Oshieru To)” was referred to in the previous poll as “Party to Protect the People from NHK (NHK kara Kokumin wo Mamoru To).”

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on Feb. 5–7, 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 1,102 persons, including 540 persons (out of the 874 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 562 persons (out of the 1,207 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 62% for landline numbers and 47% 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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