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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

43.0

(52.3)

No

52.8

(41.9)

Other answers (O/A)

4.2

(5.8)

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

35.3

(39.2)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

7.7

(5.5)

Komeito (Komeito)

3.1

(4.3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

1.9

(2.9)

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

3.0

(3.3)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

0.8

(0.7)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.3

(0.2)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0.3

(0.4)

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

0.1

(0.2)

Other political parties

0.4

(0.2)

None of the above (NOTA)

44.9

(38.7)

O/A

2.2

(4.2)

 

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

 

Yes

25.1

(32.6)

No

69.5

(59.7)

O/A

5.5

(7.6)

 

Q: The government expanded the state-of-emergency declaration to cover nine prefectures, including Tokyo, Osaka, Aichi, and Hokkaido, and extended it until the end of May. What do you think of the period of extension?

 

Appropriate

44.2

 

Too short

46.1

 

Too long

5.0

 

O/A

4.7

 

 

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

 

Yes

41.2

(36.6)

No

55.2

(56.0)

O/A

3.5

(7.4)

 

Q: While “vaccine passports” certifying inoculation would bolster economic activities, some say they would lead to discrimination against people who cannot be vaccinated for health or other reasons. Are you in favor of or opposed to the introduction of vaccine passports?

 

In favor

62.7

 

Opposed

27.2

 

O/A

10.0

 

 

Q: How do you think this summer’s Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games should be handled?

 

The Games should be held with a limited number of spectators

15.5

 

The Games should be held without spectators

26.3

 

The Games should be canceled

56.6

 

O/A

1.6

 

 

Q: Are you in favor of or opposed to giving priority in vaccination to athletes who will participate in the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games?

 

In favor

75.3

 

Opposed

21.0

 

O/A

3.7

 

 

Q: The national referendum law stipulates the procedures for amending the Constitution. A bill to amend the law to allow voting at train stations and commercial facilities was passed by the House of Representatives after being carried over for about three years, and it looks like the bill will be enacted. Do you think the ruling and opposition parties should move forward with debate on specific amendments to the Constitution?

 

Yes

72.0

 

No

19.0

 

O/A

9.1

 

 

Q: An emergency clause would make it possible for the government to limit the rights of the people and to take binding measures on an emergency and temporary basis at times of national emergency, including the spread of contagious diseases, terrorist acts, and large-scale natural disasters. Are you in favor of or opposed to adding an emergency clause to the Constitution?

 

In favor

68.2

 

Opposed

23.2

 

O/A

8.5

 

 

Q: When do you think the next Lower House election should be held?

 

Prior to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, which open on July 23

10.1

 

In September right after the Games close

11.3

 

In October when the terms of the current Lower House members’ terms expire

75.3

 

O/A

3.3

 

 

Q: Which political party do you plan to vote for in the proportional representation segment of the next Lower House election?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

33.0

 

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

10.6

 

Komeito (Komeito)

4.6

 

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2.3

 

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

4.5

 

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

0.6

 

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.5

 

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0.7

 

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

0.5

 

Other political parties

2.2

 

O/A

40.4

 

 

(Note) Parenthesized figures denote the results of the previous survey conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network on April 17–18, 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 1,111 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 question. [The survey was conducted on May 15–16, 2021.] 

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