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Opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

Asterisks indicate that the choices were read aloud to the respondent. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted July 9–11, 2021.

 

Q: Do you support the Suga Cabinet?

 

Yes

35(37)

No

54(53)

Other answers (O/A)

2(2)

No answer (N/A)

8(9)

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the foregoing question) Select only one from among the following six reasons for your approval of the Suga Cabinet.*

 

Something can be expected of its policy measures

7

The prime minister has leadership ability

2

The prime minister is trustworthy

15

The Cabinet’s lineup is good

3

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

20

Because there is no one else who is suitable to be prime minister

51

O/A

1

N/A

2

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the foregoing question) Select only one from among the following six reasons for your disapproval of the Suga Cabinet.*

 

Nothing can be expected of its policy measures

24

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

38

The prime minister is untrustworthy

18

The Cabinet’s lineup is not good

7

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

8

Because there are other people who are suitable to be prime minister

3

O/A

0

N/A

2

 

Q: Which political party do you support now? Name only one.

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

32(36)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

5(5)

Komeito (Komeito)

3(4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(3)

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

2(2)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

0(1)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0(0)

NHK Party (The party fighting against NHK in the trial for violating Article 72 of the Attorney Act) (NHK To [NHK to Saiban Shiteru To Bengoshiho 72-jo ihan de])

–(0)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0(0)

O/A

0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

49(43)

N/A

3(5)

 

Q: Which political party do you think you will vote for in the proportional representation segment of the next Lower House election? Select only one from the following.*

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

37

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

12

Komeito (Komeito)

6

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

5

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

6

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

NHK Party (The party fighting against NHK in the trial for violating Article 72 of the Attorney Act) (NHK To [NHK to Saiban Shiteru To Bengoshiho 72-jo ihan de])

0

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1

O/A

0

Undecided

24

N/A

7

 

Q: How long would you like Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide to stay in office as prime minister? Select only one from the following four.*

 

I would like him to be replaced immediately

18

I would like him to remain in office through the September LDP presidential election

48

I would like him to remain in office for about one or two years

21

I would like him to serve as prime minister for as long as possible

8

O/A

0

N/A

4

 

Q: Which LDP politician do you think would be appropriate to serve as the next prime minister? Select only one from the following 11.*

 

Abe Shinzo

10

Ishiba Shigeru

19

Kato Katsunobu

1

Kishida Fumio

4

Koizumi Shinjiro

17

Kono Taro

18

Shimomura Hakubun

0

Suga Yoshihide

3

Takaichi Sanae

1

Noda Seiko

2

Motegi Toshimitsu

1

O/A

There is no appropriate LDP politician

15

N/A

9

 

Q: Do you approve of the Japanese government’s handling of COVID-19 so far?

 

Yes

31

No

63

N/A

6

 

Q: Do you approve of the Japanese government’s handling of COVID-19 vaccines so far?

 

Yes

38

No

58

N/A

4

 

Q: Do you plan to travel this summer to a place located in a different prefecture from your home prefecture or to a place located in your home prefecture, or will you refrain from traveling?

 

To a place located in a different prefecture from my home prefecture

6

To a place located in my home prefecture

9

Refrain from traveling

84

N/A

2

 

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

 

Yes

64

No

28

N/A

8

 

Q: The Tokyo Olympics were held without spectators at most venues. How do you think the question of spectators should have been handled? Select one from the following three.*

 

It was good that the Games were held without spectators

61

More spectators should have been allowed at the venues

12

The Games should have been canceled

25

N/A

2

 

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

 

Yes

38

No

55

N/A

6

 

Q: Would you like to see the Games held in Japan again in the future?

 

Yes

57

No

38

N/A

5

 

Note: The NHK Party (The party fighting against NHK in the trial for violating Article 72 of the Attorney Act) (NHK To [NHK to Saiban Shiteru To Bengoshiho 72-jo ihan de]) was referred to as the “Arashi Party (Arashi no To)“ in the previous poll.

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on Aug. 7–9, 2021, on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis and targeted voters aged 18 or over with calls placed to landline and mobile phone numbers. Valid responses were received from a total of 1,065 persons, including 424 persons (out of the 693 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 641 persons (out of the 1,441 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 61% for landline numbers and 44% for mobile numbers. Figures are rounded off. In some graphs and charts, the total percentage may not add up to 100%. “0” indicates that the figure was below 0.5%, and “–” denotes that no respondents gave that answer.

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