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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

52.3

(51.4)

No

41.9

(42.8)

Other answers (O/A)

5.8

(5.9)

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

39.2

(40.1)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

5.5

(6.5)

Komeito (Komeito)

4.3

(4.4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2.9

(2.1)

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

3.3

(2.5)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

0.7

(1.1)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.2

(0.2)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0.4

(0.2)

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

0.2

(0.3)

Other political parties

0.2

(0.9)

None of the above (NOTA)

38.7

(38.8)

O/A

4.2

(3.0)

 

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

 

Yes

32.6

(42.5)

No

59.7

(48.2)

O/A

7.6

(9.3)

 

Q: The government has imposed COVID-19 quasi-emergency measures on Tokyo, Osaka, and eight other prefectures. Are you hopeful that the measures will be effective?

 

Yes

47.3

 

No

50.4

 

O/A

2.3

 

 

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

 

Yes

36.6

(56.9)

No

56.0

(32.0)

O/A

7.4

(11.1)

 

Q: COVID-19 variants are gradually spreading. Are you anxious about this?

 

Yes

83.0

 

No

15.2

 

O/A

1.8

 

 

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

24.3

(27.0)

There will be no choice but to postpone the Games again

17.6

(17.9)

It is inevitable that the Games will be canceled

56.8

(53.8)

O/A

1.2

(1.3)

 

Q: The government has decided to take the treated water from the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, dilute it until the level of radioactive tritium meets standards, and then release it into the ocean. Do you approve of this policy?

 

Yes

46.7

 

No

45.3

 

O/A

8.0

 

 

Q: Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga visited the United States and met with U.S. President Joe Biden on April 16. Do you approve of the outcomes of Prime Minister Suga’s visit to the U.S. overall?

 

Yes

59.9

 

No

30.4

 

O/A

9.7

 

 

Q: Are you in favor of or opposed to constitutional amendment?

 

In favor

52.6

 

Opposed

34.9

 

O/A

12.5

 

 

Q: A bill to amend the national referendum law, which stipulates procedures for constitutional amendment, to allow people to vote at train stations and commercial facilities has been carried over for eight Diet sessions. Do you think that the ruling and opposition parties should be adopt it at the current Diet session?

 

Yes

53.3

 

No

34.8

 

O/A

11.9

 

 

Q: The serious violations of the human rights of Uyghurs in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and people in Hong Kong have become an international issue. Do you think that Japan should also get involved in address them by such means as passing a Diet resolution or imposing sanctions?

 

Japan should get heavily involved even if it has a negative impact on ties with China

28.4

 

Japan should get involved to the extent that its ties with China are not negatively impacted

54.3

 

Japan should not get involved

14.2

 

O/A

3.1

 

 

(Note) Parenthesized figures denote the results of the previous survey conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network on March 13–14, 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 1,180 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 April 17–18, 2021.]

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