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OPINION POLLS

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 Feb. 5–7, 2021.

 

Q: Do you support the Suga Cabinet?

 

Yes

48(39)

No

42(44)

Other answers (O/A)

3(3)

No answer (N/A)

6(13)

 

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

7

The prime minister has leadership ability

3

The prime minister is trustworthy

12

The Cabinet’s lineup is good

5

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

15

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

57

O/A

0

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

16

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

42

The prime minister is untrustworthy

19

The Cabinet’s lineup is not good

4

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

12

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

3

O/A

1

N/A

2

 

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

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

40(37)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

6(5)

Komeito (Komeito)

3(4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2(2)

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

3(1)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

0(1)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1(1)

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

–(0)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1(0)

O/A

0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

42(42)

N/A

3(5)

 

Q: Which LDP politician do you think would be appropriate to serve as the next prime minister? Select only one from the following 10.*

 

Shinzo Abe

9

Shigeru Ishiba

19

Katsunobu Kato

1

Fumio Kishida

4

Shinjiro Koizumi

17

Taro Kono

26

Yoshihide Suga

3

Yasutoshi Nishimura

1

Seiko Noda

3

Toshimitsu Motegi

1

O/A

There is no appropriate LDP politician

10

N/A

8

 

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

 

Yes

45

No

50

N/A

6

 

Q: The government has extended the state-of-emergency declaration issued for Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures for two weeks, moving the end date from Mar. 7 to Mar. 21. Do you approve of this decision?

 

Yes

78

No

19

N/A

3

 

Q: Are you concerned that there will be a resurgence of COVID-19 in Japan? Select only one from among the following four.*

 

Very concerned

46

Somewhat concerned

46

Not very concerned

6

Not concerned at all

1

N/A

0

 

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

2

 

Q: COVID-19 vaccinations will start to be administered to the elderly from April. It looks like vaccinations for the rest of the population will be administered starting from summer this year. Which of the following three is closest to your viewpoint on the vaccination schedule? Select only one from among the following three.*

 

Earlier than I expected

20

Later than I expected

38

About the same as I expected

39

N/A

3

 

Q: Seiko Hashimoto, president of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, aims to allow spectators at the Games. Do you approve of this?

 

Yes

45

No

48

N/A

7

 

Q: In the event that the Games are held with spectators at the venues, are you in favor of or opposed to allowing foreign spectators to attend?

 

In favor

18

Opposed

77

N/A

5

 

Q: What do you think about the fact that the media production company where Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s eldest son works wined and dined 12 high-ranking officials of the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry and others? Select only one from among the following four.*

 

It is very problematic

53

Somewhat problematic

31

Not very problematic

10

Not problematic at all

4

N/A

3

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on Mar. 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 1,066 persons, including 525 persons (out of the 839 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 541 persons (out of the 1,158 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 63% 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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