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OPINION POLLS

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

51.4

(51.5)

No

42.8

(43.2)

Other answers (O/A)

5.9

(5.3)

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

40.1

(38.6)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

6.5

(8.0)

Komeito (Komeito)

4.4

(2.6)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2.1

(2.3)

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

2.5

(3.9)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1.1

(1.0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.2

(0.1)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0.2

(0.6)

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

0.3

(0.2)

Other political parties

0.9

(0.8)

None of the above (NOTA)

38.8

(39.7)

O/A

3.0

(2.1)

 

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

 

Yes

42.5

(44.6)

No

48.2

(47.3)

O/A

9.3

(8.0)

 

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

 

Prevention of the spread of COVID-19

71.7

(72.9)

Economic revitalization

21.7

(20.4)

O/A

6.6

(6.7)

 

Q: The government declared a state of emergency for Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, and Saitama and then extended it by two weeks to March 21. Do you think the emergency will be able to be lifted on March 21?

 

Yes

21.0

 

No

73.4

 

O/A

5.6

 

 

Q: COVID-19 vaccinations have started to be administered in Japan. Are you optimistic that the vaccine will bring the COVID-19 situation under control?

 

Yes

85.9

(90.2)

No

12.3

(8.4)

O/A

1.8

(1.4)

 

Q: Do you think you will get a COVID-19 vaccine?

 

Yes

75.8

(74.7)

No

19.9

(18.9)

O/A

4.3

(6.4)

 

Q: Do you approve of the government’s schedule for administering COVID-19 vaccinations?

 

Yes

56.9

 

No

32.0

 

O/A

11.1

 

 

Q: Which one of the following is closest to your view about the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games?

 

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

27.0

(28.0)

There will be no choice but to postpone the Games again

17.9

(20.9)

It is inevitable that the Games will be cancelled

53.8

(49.1)

O/A

1.3

(2.0)

 

Q: Are you in favor of or opposed to limiting spectators at the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games to people residing in Japan and not allowing spectators from overseas?

 

In favor

68.8

 

Opposed

27.4

 

O/A

3.8

 

 

Q: It has been revealed that high-ranking officials from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications were treated to lavish dinners by the company where Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s eldest son works. Are you persuaded by Prime Minister Suga’s explanation?

 

Yes

17.4

 

No

70.3

 

O/A

12.3

 

 

Q: China Coast Guard vessels have repeatedly been intruding into Japan’s territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands (Ishigaki City, Okinawa Prefecture). In February, a law came into effect in China permitting their coast guard to use weapons. Do you feel threatened by China’s actions?

 

Yes

91.2

 

No

7.0

 

O/A

1.8

 

 

(Note) Parenthesized figures denote the results of the previous survey conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network on Feb. 20–21, 2021. “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 1,186 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 to the question about Cabinet support: “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 March 13–14, 2021.]

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