According to the joint public opinion poll conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network (FNN) on June 19–20, approval of the Cabinet led by Suga Yoshihide remained essentially unchanged from the previous survey (conducted on May 15–16), inching up by 0.4 percentage points to 43.4%. Disapproval was down by 1.2 points to 51.6%. Meanwhile, 56.8% of respondents said they disapprove of the government’s COVID-19 countermeasures, exceeding the 35.7% who said they regard the initiatives positively.
COVID vaccinations have started to be administered at workplaces. Asked about the vaccination rollout, 64.2% said it is too slow, while 29.0% say it is appropriate. Over half of respondents (50.6%) said that they plan to be vaccinated, while 4.6% said they do not and 25.6% said they have already been inoculated.
The government lifted the state of emergency (SOE) for all 10 prefectures, except for Okinawa, on June 20. Seven of the prefectures where the SOE was lifted, including Tokyo and Osaka, shifted to a quasi-state of emergency. About half of pollees (49.7%) said that the SOE should have been extended, while 37.9% said that the SOE was lifted at an appropriate time.
Under the quasi-state of emergency, the government allows eateries and other establishments to serve alcohol until 7:00 p.m. provided they take thorough COVID countermeasures. Some 34.9% of pollees said this is appropriate while 33.2% said the restrictions should be relaxed more and 27.7% said the restrictions should be made stricter.
[Polling methodology: A total of 1,129 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 June 19–20, 2021.]