Sunday’s Mainichi front-paged the results of its nationwide public opinion survey showing that some 64% of respondents said they don’t think it is possible to make the Tokyo Olympics “safe and secure,” while 20% said otherwise. Only 22% supported the GOJ’s plan to allow spectators to attend. Some 31% said the Games should be held without spectators, while about 30% called for cancellation and 12% favored another postponement.
The latest poll put support for the Suga cabinet at 34%, up 3 points from a month ago, and nonsupport at 55%, down 4 points. Approximately 54% disapproved of the GOJ’s decision to lift the coronavirus state of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka, and seven other prefectures by calling it “premature.” Some 53% expressed concern about a potential “fifth wave” of coronavirus infection, and 52% said the vaccination rollout has not gone smoothly.
Monday’s Asahi ran the results of its public opinion survey showing that over a majority (53%) preferred the Olympics Games to be held without spectators, while 42% supported convening them with fewer spectators. In addition, 34% said the Games should be held this summer, 32% said they should be canceled, and 30% called for another postponement. Support for the Suga administration stood at 34%, up 1 point from a month ago, while nonsupport was 42%, down 5 points.