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OPINION POLLS

Opinion poll & results from Mainichi Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(T = total; P = previous poll [conducted on Feb. 13, 2021]; M = male; F = female)

 

Q: Do you support the Suga cabinet?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

36

(38)

38

34

No

55

(51)

55

54

No answer

9

(11)

6

12

 

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

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

23

(23)

26

19

No

57

(51)

58

54

Unsure

20

(25)

16

27

 

Q: What do you think the government should do about the state of emergency in effect for the Tokyo metropolitan area?

 

 

T

P

M

F

The government should lift the state of emergency on the set end date of March 21

22

 

22

21

It should extend the state of emergency beyond the set end date

57

 

58

57

It should lift the state of emergency immediately

7

 

8

4

Don’t know

14

 

12

19

 

Q: Do you approve of the Japanese government’s COVID-19 vaccination policy?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

42

 

43

42

No

31

 

32

29

Unsure

27

 

25

29

 

Q: What will you do when you can be vaccinated?

 

 

T

P

M

F

I will get vaccinated immediately

49

(39)

54

42

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

42

(52)

39

47

I won’t get vaccinated

6

(6)

6

8

Don’t know

2

(3)

2

3

 

Q: It has been one year since COVID-19 broke out in Japan. Has your financial situation changed over that time? 

 

 

T

P

M

F

Worsened

32

 

33

30

Not changed

65

 

64

67

Improved

3

 

3

2

 

Q: Do you think you will continue to take COVID-19 precautions in your personal life?

 

 

T

P

M

F

I will continue to take precautions

78

 

74

85

I will gradually relax my precautions

18

 

22

12

I have already relaxed my precautions

2

 

2

1

I am not taking any precautions

1

 

2

1

 

Q: How do you think the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games should be handled?

 

 

T

P

M

F

They should be held as planned

9

 

11

8

They should be held, but foreign spectators should not be allowed

21

 

22

18

They should be held, but no spectators should be allowed

15

 

14

17

They should be postponed again

17

 

17

17

They should be cancelled

32

 

32

31

Don’t know

6

 

4

9

 

Q: Five years have passed since the Act on Promotion of Women’s Participation and Advancement in the Workplace was enacted under the Abe administration. Do you think that women’s participation in Japanese society has moved forward?

 

 

T

P

M

F

It has moved forward satisfactorily

16

 

20

9

It has moved forward but not satisfactorily

47

 

46

48

It has not moved forward

37

 

33

43

 

Q: Are you in favor of or opposed to introducing a system that would allow married couples to have the option of using different surnames?

 

 

T

P

M

F

In favor

51

 

49

55

Opposed

23

 

26

17

Unsure

26

 

25

27

 

Q: High-ranking officials of the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry have been disciplined for being treated to lavish dinners by the company where the eldest son of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga works, and the Cabinet Public Relations Secretary has resigned. Do you think Prime Minister Suga bears responsibility?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

43

 

45

38

No

43

 

45

40

Don’t know

14

 

10

21

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

32

(30)

36

25

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

10

(12)

9

12

Komeito (Komeito)

3

(3)

2

5

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3

(6)

3

5

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

7

(7)

8

6

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1

(1)

2

0

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

(1)

1

1

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

2

(1)

2

1

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

1

(1)

1

1

Other political groups

1

(1)

0

1

None of the above (NOTA)

38

(36)

36

43

 

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 March 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 731 mobile numbers and 325 landline phone numbers.

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