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Cabinet support rate falls to all-time low of 39% as 70% say vaccine rollout is slow, Sankei-FNN joint public opinion poll

According to the joint public opinion poll conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network (FNN) on July 17–18, approval of the Cabinet led by Suga Yoshihide fell 4.4 percentage points from the previous survey (conducted on June 19–20) to reach 39.0%. This is the lowest for the Suga Cabinet since January 2021 [when the Sankei-FNN joint poll resumed its public opinion poll]. Disapproval rose by 3.9 points to reach 55.5%. Meanwhile, 63.8% of respondents said they disapprove of the government’s COVID-19 countermeasures, exceeding the 30.4% who said they regard the initiatives positively. It looks like frustration with the government’s handling of COVID is pushing down the Cabinet support rate.


Asked about the vaccine rollout, which is Prime Minister Suga’s “trump card,” 70.5% said that it is not going smoothly, surpassing the 26.5% who said it is going well.


Some 48.8% of respondents said that they have already been vaccinated, and 31.3% said that they plan to be vaccinated. Meanwhile, only 4.2% said they do not plan to be inoculated.


Asked about the domestic use of COVID vaccination certificates, slightly over half of respondents (50.3%) said that the certificates should be widely used in Japan at such places as commercial facilities, restaurants, and bars, as well as during travel. Meanwhile, 14.1% said vaccination certificates should not be used domestically.


The government asked alcoholic beverage wholesalers to suspend transactions with restaurants and bars that defied the government request to stop serving alcohol. The government later retracted the request it had made to the wholesalers. A plurality of 74.2% of respondents said that the government’s handling of the matter was inappropriate.


[Polling methodology: A total of 1,179 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 July 17–18, 2021.]  

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