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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 Aug. 7–8, 2021.)

 

Q: Do you support the Suga cabinet?

 

Yes

30(28)

No

51(53)

 

Q: Which political party do you support now?

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

37(32)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

5(6)

Komeito (Komeito)

3(2)

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)

0(1)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0(0)

NHK Party (NHK To)

0(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)

43(47)

No answer (N/A) + Don’t know (D/K)

8(8)

 

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)

43(35)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ)

11(15)

Komeito (Komeito)

6(5)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

6(6)

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

6(7)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP)

2(3)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1(0)

NHK Party (NHK To)

0(1)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0(0)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1(1)

Other political parties, groups

2(1)

D/K+N/A

22(26)

 

 

Q: Campaigning for the LDP presidential election will start on Sept. 17. The person elected to be the new LDP president will in effect be Japan’s next prime minister. Who do you think would be appropriate to serve as the next LDP president? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Ishiba Shigeru

16

Kishida Fumio

14

Kono Taro

33

Takaichi Sanae

8

Noda Seiko

3

None of the above

20

 

Q: What quality do you think is most needed in the next prime minister? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Ability to communicate well

10

Sincerity

15

Political beliefs

7

Ability to get things done

64

 

Q: Do you think the next prime minister should continue the policy line pursued by former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and Prime Minister Suga?

 

Yes

28

No

58

 

Q: Do you think the next prime minister should prioritize Japan’s economic growth or the narrowing of economic disparities in the nation?

 

Economic growth

43

Narrowing of disparities

41

 

Q: Do you think the next prime minister should promote Japan’s moving away from nuclear power?

 

Yes

48

No

40

 

Q: Do you think the next prime minister should promote investigation into the favoritism scandals involving Moritomo Gakuen and Kake Educational Institution and the scandal surrounding the cherry blossom viewing parties?

 

Yes

47

No

45

 

Q: In your decision about which political party or candidate to vote for in the next Lower House election, how much will the question of who the party’s leader is impact your vote?

 

Greatly impact

18

Somewhat impact

47

Not impact very much

23

Not impact at all

9

 

Q: What is your overall assessment of the past nine years under the LDP-Komeito coalition government since the launch of the second Abe administration?

 

Positive

49

Negative

40

 

Q: 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, if the opposition parties increased their number of seats, or 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

19(15)

Opposition parties increase number of seats

36(37)

Not much change from the number of seats they hold now

36(34)

 

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

 

Yes

37(23)

No

54(66)

 

Q: The government has submitted a bill to relax restrictions on eating out, attending events, and traveling in areas under a state of emergency around November for those people who have a vaccination certificate. Are you in favor of or opposed to this bill?

 

In favor

51

Opposed

41

 

Q: How anxious are you that you would not be able to receive the necessary treatment if you contracted COVID-19? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Very anxious

38

Somewhat anxious

44

Not very anxious

13

Not anxious at all

4

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted on Sept. 11–12, 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 1,477 persons, including 575 persons (out of 1,042 households found to have one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 902 persons (out of the 2,027 persons found to be eligible voters) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 55% for landline numbers and 44% for mobile numbers.

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