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OPINION POLLS

Opinion poll & results from Sankei Shimbun

 Main Questions & Answers of the Sankei-FNN Joint Public Opinion Poll (%)

 

Q: Do you support Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide and his Cabinet?

 

Yes

32.1

(39.0)

No

61.3

(55.5)

Other answers (O/A)

6.6

(5.5)

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

33.5

(36.3)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

6.6

(8.0)

Komeito (Komeito)

3.5

(2.4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2.4

(3.7)

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

3.0

(2.2)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

0.6

(0.7)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.4

(0.7)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0.7

(0.3)

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

0.3

(0.0)

Other political parties

0.2

(0.4)

None of the above (NOTA)

44.6

(41.0)

O/A

4.2

(4.2)

 

Q: Do you approve of the government’s COVID-19 countermeasures?

 

Yes

22.7

(30.4)

No

70.4

(63.8)

O/A

6.9

(5.8)

 

Q: The government has expanded the state of emergency to cover 13 prefectures and the quasi-emergency measures to cover 16 prefectures and has extended the period of implementation through Sept. 12. How effective do you think this will be in preventing the spread of COVID-19?

 

Very effective

1.1

 

Somewhat effective

27.3

 

Not very effective

53.0

 

Not effective at all

17.4

 

O/A

1.2

 

 

Q: Do you think it would be better to declare a nationwide state of emergency?

 

Yes

61.0

 

No

36.0

 

O/A

3.1

 

 

Q: Do you think Japan needs to create legislation that would allow the government to impose a lockdown to prevent the spread of disease?

 

Yes

73.6

 

No

22.3

 

O/A

4.1

 

 

Q: How do you think the government’s rollout of COVID vaccines is going?

 

Smoothly

29.3

(26.5)

Not smoothly

67.5

(70.5)

O/A

3.2

(3.0)

 

Q: Do you think Japan will be able to bring COVID-19 under control if it moves forward with inoculations as scheduled?

 

Yes

29.4

 

No

64.6

 

O/A

6.0

 

 

Q: Do you think it is good that the Tokyo Olympic Games were held?

 

Yes

55.6

 

No

35.5

 

O/A

8.9

 

 

Q: The Tokyo Paralympic Games will open on Aug. 24, and it has been decided that they will be held with no spectators at any of the venues in principle. What do you think of that decision?

 

It is appropriate

66.1

 

A limited number of spectators should be allowed

9.5

 

The Games should be canceled

23.7

 

O/A

0.7

 

 

Q: How long would you like to see Suga Yoshihide remain in office as prime minister?

 

I would like to see him replaced immediately

19.9

 

Until the LDP presidential election, which will be held by the end of September

48.2

 

For a while after the LDP presidential election

20.9

 

For as long as possible

7.0

 

O/A

4.0

 

 

Q: Suga Yoshihide’s term as LDP president expires in September. Who do you think would be appropriate to serve as the next prime minister?

 

Abe Shinzo

8.6

(8.7)

Ishiba Shigeru

15.5

(16.0)

Edano Yukio

4.3

(5.5)

Kato Katsunobu

0.5

(0.4)

Kishida Fumio

3.5

(3.2)

Kono Taro

17.9

(18.1)

Koizumi Shinjiro

11.4

(8.5)

Shimomura Hakubun

0.2

(0.1)

Suga Yoshihide

2.5

(9.1)

Takaichi Sanae

1.5

Nishimura Yasutoshi

0.3

(0.2)

Noda Seiko

1.1

(0.8)

Motegi Toshimitsu

0.8

(1.0)

None of the above

22.0

(20.7)

O/A

10.0

(7.7)

 

Q: Which political party do you plan to vote for in the proportional representation segment of the next Lower House election?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

35.6

(32.3)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

9.8

(10.8)

Komeito (Komeito)

4.1

(3.1)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3.7

(4.6)

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

4.6

(2.8)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1.2

(1.0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.4

(0.9)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0.7

(0.4)

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

0.5

(0.0)

Other political parties

1.7

(2.3)

I will not vote

2.8

(6.3)

O/A

35.0

(35.6)

 

(Note) Parenthesized figures denote the results of the previous survey conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network on July 17–18, 2021. “O/A” for “other answers” is the sum of respondents who said they “don’t know” and those that said they are “unsure.” The NHK Party (The party fighting against NHK in the trial for violating Article 72 of the Attorney Act [NHK to Saiban Shiteru To Bengoshiho 72-jo ihan de]) was referred to as “Arashi Party (Arashi no To)” in the previous poll.

 

Polling methodology: A total of 1,196 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. This 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 Aug. 21–22, 2021.]  

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