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Opinion poll & results from Asahi Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures are rounded off. Some questions and answers have been omitted. Parenthesized figures are the results of the survey taken on July 17–18, 2021.)

 

Q: Do you support the Suga cabinet?

 

Yes

28(31)

No

53(49)

 

Q: Which political party do you support now?

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

32(30)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

6(6)

Komeito (Komeito)

2(3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(3)

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

1(1)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1(0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0(0)

NHK Party (NHK To)

0(–)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0(0)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0(0)

Other political party

0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

47(48)

No answer (N/A) + Don’t know (D/K)

8(9)

 

Q: If you were to vote now in a Lower House election, which political party would you vote for in the proportional representation segment? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

35(34)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ)

15(14)

Komeito (Komeito)

5(6)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

6(6)

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

7(8)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP)

3(1)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0(1)

NHK Party (NHK To)

1(–)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0(0)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1(2)

Other political parties, groups

1(4)

D/K+N/A

26(24)

 

Q: Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide’s term as Liberal Democratic Party president expires at the end of September. Would you like to see him be reelected as party president and continue in office as prime minister?

 

Yes

25

No

60

 

Q: A Lower House election will be held in the autumn. In the upcoming Lower House race, do you think it would be good if the LDP and Komeito increased the number of seats they hold? Or do you think it would be good if the opposition parties increased their number of seats? Or do you think it would be good if there were not much change in the number of seats held by the ruling parties and opposition parties from the number they hold now?

 

Ruling parties increase number of seats

15

Opposition parties increase number of seats

37

Not much change from the number of seats they hold now

34

 

Q: Do you approve of the government’s handling of the novel coronavirus so far?

 

Yes

23(26)

No

66(65)

 

Q: Do you think Prime Minister Suga’s stance on handling COVID-19 is trustworthy?

 

Yes

23

No

66

 

Q: Do you think it was good that Japan held the Tokyo Olympics?

 

Yes

56

No

32

 

Q: Do you think that the Tokyo Olympics were held in a “safe and secure” manner as Prime Minister Suga pledged?

 

Yes

32

No

54

 

Q: Which event in the Tokyo Olympics left the strongest impression on you? (Top ten responses listed below)

 

Table tennis

17

Judo

16

Baseball

12

Softball

6

Track & field

6

Soccer

5

Skateboarding

4

Gymnastics

4

Basketball

4

Swimming

3

None in particular

8

 

Q: Do you think that holding the Olympics this summer weakened society’s commitment to refraining from going out or eating together to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

 

Yes

61

No

32

 

Q: How anxious are you that COVID-19 will spread and there will be a growing number of serious cases? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Very anxious

34

Somewhat anxious

45

Not very anxious

16

Not anxious at all

4

 

Q: Do you think the government’s efforts to get COVID-19 vaccines out to the Japanese people is moving along smoothly or slowly?

 

Smoothly

20

Slowly

73

 

Q: A proposal has been made to set different conditions on the use of restaurants and bars and participation in events depending on whether the person has a certificate proving inoculation against COVID-19 or not. Are you in favor of or opposed to this proposal?

 

In favor

47

Opposed

42

 

[Note: The NHK Party (NHK To) was referred to as “Arashi Party (Arashi no To)” in the previous poll.]

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted on Aug. 7–8, 2021, on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis targeting voters nationwide with telephone calls placed by pollsters to landline and mobile phone numbers. Valid responses were received from a total of 1,395 persons, including 556 persons (out of 1,095 households found to have one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 839 persons (out of the 1,964 persons found to be eligible voters) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 51% for landline numbers and 43% for mobile numbers.

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