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POLITICS

Opinion poll & results from Mainichi Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(T = total; P = previous poll [conducted on Aug. 28, 2021]; P = previous; M = male; F = female)

 

Q: Do you support the Suga cabinet?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

37

(26)

41

31

No

55

(66)

53

57

No answer

8

(8)

6

12

 

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

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

33

(14)

37

25

No

47

(70)

46

49

Unsure

20

(16)

16

26

 

Q: Have you been vaccinated against COVID-19?

 

 

T

P

M

F

I have already had two shots

69

(59)

68

70

I have had one shot

13

(13)

15

9

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

7

(11)

6

8

I cannot get an appointment

3

(7)

3

3

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

4

(5)

3

4

I do not intend to be vaccinated

5

(4)

5

5

 

Q: The government has announced that it plans to relax the COVID-19 restrictions in place during the state of emergency once more people are vaccinated. What do you think of the plan?

 

 

T

P

M

F

The plan is reasonable

49

 

51

45

The COVID-19 related restrictions should be relaxed much sooner

9

 

11

8

The restrictions should not be relaxed

34

 

32

38

Don’t know

7

 

6

9

 

Q: What is your view on introducing COVID-19 vaccine passports, which could be shown upon entering dining establishments and on other occasions as proof that one has been vaccinated?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Vaccine passports should be introduced

62

 

67

55

They should not be introduced

27

 

24

31

Don’t know

10

 

8

13

 

Q: Some countries have made moves to make coronavirus vaccination mandatory. Do you think Japan should make it mandatory as well?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Japan should also make it mandatory

43

 

48

36

Making it mandatory would be problematic

46

 

43

50

Don’t know

11

 

9

14

 

Q: Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide has decided to step down without running in the upcoming presidential election of the Liberal Democratic Party. What do you think about that?

 

 

T

P

M

F

His decision is appropriate

60

 

62

59

I wanted him to continue in office as prime minister

15

 

17

12

Unsure

24

 

21

29

 

Q: Four politicians have thrown their hats into the ring for LDP presidency. Which candidate would you like to see become president of the ruling party?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Kono Taro

43

 

43

43

Kishida Fumio

13

 

13

15

Takaichi Sanae

15

 

19

8

Noda Seiko

6

 

4

8

None of the above

15

 

14

16

Not interested

8

 

7

10

 

Q: Do you approve of the Suga administration’s performance over the past year?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

40

 

43

36

No

40

 

41

38

Unsure

19

 

16

25

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

37

(26)

40

32

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

10

(10)

11

9

Komeito (Komeito)

4

(3)

4

5

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4

(5)

3

6

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

5

(8)

6

3

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

(2)

3

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

(1)

1

1

Other political groups

1

(1)

0

1

None of the above (NOTA)

34

(42)

30

41

 

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)

35

(24)

39

31

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

14

(14)

15

11

Komeito (Komeito)

5

(4)

4

5

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

6

(6)

4

8

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

7

(8)

9

5

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

2

(2)

2

1

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0

(1)

0

1

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

2

(2)

3

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])

0

(1)

1

0

Other political groups

0

(1)

0

1

Undecided

28

(37)

23

36

 

Q: The media has reported that Princess Mako, the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Akishino, will marry this year. What do you think about this?

 

 

T

P

M

F

I offer Princess Mako my blessing in her marriage

38

 

37

41

I cannot approve of the marriage

35

 

33

38

Not interested

26

 

29

21

 

Notes: Figures rounded off. “0” indicates that the figure was below 0.5%, and “–” denotes that no respondents gave that answer. “No answer” omitted.

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by the Social Survey Research Center and the Mainichi Shimbun on Sept. 18, 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 732 mobile numbers and 311 landline phone numbers.

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