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Opinion poll & results from Mainichi Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(T = total; P = previous poll [conducted on July 17, 2021]; P = previous; M = male; F = female)

 

Q: Do you support the Suga cabinet?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

26

(30)

31

20

No

66

(62)

64

70

No answer

8

(9)

5

11

 

Q: Do you approve of the Suga administration’s handling of the novel coronavirus?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

14

(19)

18

10

No

70

(63)

68

73

Unsure

16

(18)

14

17

 

Q: Are you afraid that Japan’s medical system will collapse?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

70

 

67

75

No

15

 

18

11

Unsure

14

 

14

14

 

Q: Have you been vaccinated against COVID-19?

 

 

T

P

M

F

I have already had two shots

59

 

58

60

I have had one shot

13

 

15

12

I was able to get an appointment but have not had the shots yet

11

 

11

12

I cannot get an appointment

7

 

8

6

I cannot make up my mind about whether to get a vaccination

5

 

4

6

I do not intend to be vaccinated

4

 

4

4

 

Q: Do you think that the government’s state-of-emergency declaration will be effective in holding down new case numbers?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

16

 

18

12

No

64

 

65

64

Unsure

20

 

17

23

 

Q: Which of the following is closest to your thinking about why COVID-19 has spread to this degree?

 

 

T

P

M

F

The administration bears great responsibility

46

 

45

49

The people who do not follow safety precautions are to blame

32

 

32

33

COVID-19 is a new virus and so there is nothing that could have been done

21

 

23

18

 

Q: The next three questions are about the Tokyo Olympic Games, which closed on Aug. 8. Were you able to enjoy the Tokyo Olympics?

 

 

T

P

M

F

I was able to enjoy them

53

 

56

50

I could not get into the spirit

26

 

25

27

I was not looking forward to them to start with

21

 

19

23

 

Q: Do you think holding the Tokyo Olympics impacted the spread of COVID-19?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Major impact

33

 

32

34

Some impact

41

 

38

46

No impact

21

 

26

14

Can’t say either way

5

 

3

6

 

Q: Would you like the Olympics to be held in Japan again?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

43

 

51

34

No

32

 

31

34

Unsure

24

 

18

32

 

Q: This question is about the situation in Afghanistan. What do you think about the U.S. military’s withdrawal [from Afghanistan]?

 

 

T

P

M

F

The withdrawal is inevitable

42

 

49

33

The U.S. military should not withdraw

28

 

33

21

Don’t know

30

 

18

45

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

26

(28)

31

20

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

10

(10)

11

8

Komeito (Komeito)

3

(4)

3

3

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

5

(7)

4

6

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

8

(6)

9

6

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1

(1)

2

1

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

(1)

0

1

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

2

(1)

2

1

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])

1

(0)

0

1

Other political groups

1

(2)

1

1

None of the above (NOTA)

42

 (39)

35

51

 

 

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

 

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

24

 

27

19

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

14

 

17

10

Komeito (Komeito)

4

 

3

4

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

6

 

5

8

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

8

 

10

7

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

2

 

4

0

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

 

0

1

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

2

 

3

2

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])

1

 

1

1

Other political groups

1

 

1

1

Undecided

37

 

30

47

 

Notes: Figures rounded off. “0” indicates that the figure was below 0.5%, and “–” denotes that no respondents gave that answer. “No answer” omitted. [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: The survey was conducted by the Social Survey Research Center and the Mainichi Shimbun on Aug. 28, 2021, of those 18 years old or older. A computer-aided random digit sampling (RDS) method was used to generate phone numbers (both landlines and cell phones) randomly by computer, and an interactive voice response system was used to call those numbers. For mobile phones, people were asked through audio guidance to cooperate in the survey, and those who agreed to participate were sent a short message service (SMS) text message providing a link to an online answer form. For landline phones, respondents were asked questions by interactive voice response system and pushed buttons on their phones to indicate their answer. The target number of valid responses was set at 700 for mobile phones and 300 for landlines phones. Valid responses were received from 774 mobile numbers and 335 landline phone numbers.

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