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Opinion poll & results from Mainichi Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(T = total; P = previous poll [conducted on Jan. 16, 2021]; M = male; F = female; MP = mobile phones; LL = landlines)

 

Q: Do you support the Suga cabinet?

 

 

T

P

M

F

MP

LL

Yes

38

(33)

40

34

39

34

No

51

(57)

52

51

53

48

No answer

11

(10)

8

15

8

19

 

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

 

 

T

P

M

F

MP

LL

Yes

23

(15)

25

20

22

27

No

51

(66)

53

49

53

47

Unsure

25

(18)

21

30

25

24

 

Q: Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has indicated that he expects COVID-19 vaccinations will start to be administered in Japan soon. Are you hopeful about the vaccine?

 

 

T

P

M

F

MP

LL

Yes

81

(72)

81

82

81

82

No

19

(28)

19

18

19

18

 

Q: What will you do when you access to vaccination?

 

 

T

P

M

F

MP

LL

I will get vaccinated immediately

39

 

43

34

38

42

I will wait and see without rushing [to get inoculated]

52

 

48

57

53

49

I won’t get vaccinated

6

 

6

5

7

4

Don’t know

3

 

2

3

2

4

 

Q: Do you think that daily life will return to the way it was prior to the pandemic if vaccinations are administered? 

 

 

T

P

M

F

MP

LL

Yes

39

 

45

31

39

42

No

60

 

55

68

61

56

 

Q: What do you think the government should do about the state of emergency?

 

 

T

P

M

F

MP

LL

It should be continued through the set end date of March 7

47

 

41

56

39

64

It should be ended gradually even if that is prior to the set end date

26

 

29

22

27

23

It should be ended immediately

5

 

6

10

6

2

It should be extended beyond March 7

22

 

24

20

28

10

 

Q: Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori announced his resignation as president of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games after he made inappropriate statements, 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 of his resignation?

 

 

T

P

M

F

MP

LL

It is only natural that he resigned

69

 

66

74

66

76

He did not need to resign

21

 

25

13

25

12

Don’t know

10

 

9

13

9

12

 

Q: Next month it will be 10 years since the Great East Japan Earthquake. What do you think about the status of the reconstruction of the stricken areas?

 

 

T

P

M

F

MP

LL

Reconstruction is moving along well

20

 

25

12

22

16

It is slower than expected

46

 

45

49

47

45

Don’t know

34

 

30

39

32

39

 

Q: Do you think the Japanese people’s interest in the stricken areas has waned?

 

 

T

P

M

F

MP

LL

Yes

84

 

84

84

86

81

No

15

 

15

16

14

18

 

Q: Do you approve of the government’s initiatives over the past 10 years since the disaster?

 

 

T

P

M

F

MP

LL

Very highly

6

 

8

3

6

6

Somewhat highly

56

 

56

57

56

56

Not very highly

31

 

27

36

30

31

Not highly at all

7

 

9

5

8

7

 

Q: Do you take note of agricultural and fisheries products from Fukushima Prefecture when you shop?

 

 

T

P

M

F

MP

LL

I do not pay them particular attention

70

 

75

61

69

72

I am concerned about them sometimes

14

 

11

20

15

12

I sometimes buy them in order to support the reconstruction

15

 

13

18

16

13

 

Q: Which one of the following is closest to your view on Japan’s nuclear power policy?

 

 

T

P

M

F

MP

LL

Nuclear power should be eliminated

39

 

32

51

35

49

A certain amount of nuclear power is needed

56

 

62

47

60

47

Nuclear power should be increased

4

 

5

0

5

1

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

 

T

P

M

F

MP

LL

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

30

(28)

34

25

29

33

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

12

(11)

12

11

10

15

Komeito (Komeito)

3

(3)

3

4

3

4

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

6

(5)

5

7

5

8

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

7

(7)

7

7

8

5

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1

(2)

2

1

2

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

(0)

1

1

1

1

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1

(1)

2

1

2

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

1

(1)

2

1

2

0

Other political groups

1

(1)

0

1

1

1

None of the above (NOTA)

36

(40)

32

42

38

30

 

[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).”]

 

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 Feb. 13, 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 answers. The target number of valid responses was set at 700 for mobile phones and 300 for landlines phones. Valid responses were received from 729 mobile numbers and 313 landline phone numbers.

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