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OPINION POLLS

Opinion poll & results from Asahi Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures are rounded off. Some questions and answers have been omitted. Parenthesized figures are the results of the survey taken on Feb. 13–14, 2021.)

 

Q: Do you support the Suga cabinet?

 

Yes

40(34)

No

39(43)

 

Q: Which political party do you support now?

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

33(33)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

5(7)

Komeito (Komeito)

3(4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2(3)

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

2(2)

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)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0(0)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0(0)

Other political party

0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

46(44)

No answer (N/A) + Don’t know (D/K)

7(6)

 

Q: If you were to vote now in a Lower House election, which political party would you vote for in the proportional representation segment? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

41(37)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ)

14(16)

Komeito (Komeito)

5(6)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

5(7)

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

8(8)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP)

2(2)

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(1)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0(0)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

2(2)

Other political parties, groups

2(2)

D/K+N/A

20(18)

 

Q: Do you approve of the government’s handling of the novel coronavirus so far?

 

Yes

35(31)

No

51(56)

 

Q: The government has decided to lift on March 21 the state of emergency it declared for Tokyo and its surrounding prefectures. What do you think about the timing of the lifting of the designation? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Too early

51

Appropriate

32

Too late

11

 

Q: To what degree do you approve of the government’s initiatives related to the COVID-19 vaccination program? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Very much

7(9)

Somewhat

62(62)

Not very much

23(21)

Not at all

6(5)

 

Q: Would you want to be vaccinated for COVID-19 if vaccinations were available free of charge? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

I would want to be vaccinated immediately

39(29)

I would wait and see for a while

53(62)

I would not want to be vaccinated

7(8)

 

Q: How concerned are you about a resurgence of COVID-19? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Very concerned

50

Somewhat concerned

40

Not very concerned

8

Not concerned at all

1

 

Q: Do you think you have become careless with your personal precautions against COVID-19 compared with what you used to do?

 

Yes

17

No

81

 

Q: How do you think the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games should be handled? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

They should be held this summer

27(21)

They should be postponed again

36(43)

They should be cancelled

33(31)

 

Q: If the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games are held this summer, do you think spectators from overseas should be admitted?

 

Yes

11

No

85

 

Q: The minister and high-ranking officials of the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry, which oversees broadcasting and telecommunications, dined with NTT and other companies in sectors they regulate. Do you think these dinners impacted the fairness of the administration?

 

Yes

63

No

28

 

Q: High-ranking officials of the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry were wined and dined by the media production company where Prime Minister Suga’s eldest son works. Do you think that Prime Minister Suga bears great political responsibility for this scandal?

 

Yes

42

No

51

 

Q: Do you think same-sex marriage should be recognized under the law?

 

Yes

65

No

22

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted on March 20–21, 2021, on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis targeting voters nationwide with telephone calls placed by pollsters to landline and mobile phone numbers. Valid responses were received from a total of 1,564 persons, including 609 persons (out of 1,155 households found to have one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 955 persons (out of the 2,091 persons found to be eligible voters) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 53% for landline numbers and 46% for mobile numbers. [In light of the spread of mobile phones, the Asahi Shimbun has changed the ratio of the target number of landline to mobile phone responses from 5:5 to 4:6, starting from the Sept. 16–17, 2020, poll.]

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