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Opinion poll & results from Asahi Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures are rounded off. Some questions and answers have been omitted. All questions were asked of all respondents except for those questions indented and marked with a bullet, which are sub-questions. The figures given for sub-questions are percentages of the respondents in the given category. Bracketed figures denote percentages of all respondents. Parenthesized figures are the results of the survey taken on Sept. 11–12, 2021.)

 

Q: Do you support the recently inaugurated Kishida Cabinet?

 

Yes

45

No

20

 

  • Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the foregoing question) Why?  Select only one response from the list below.)

 

The prime minister is Mr. Kishida

13[6]

It’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

21[10]

Policies

18[8]

It seems better than the others

45[20]

 

  • Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the foregoing question) Why not? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

The prime minister is Mr. Kishida

10[2]

It’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

52[10]

Policies

14[3]

The others seem better

16[3]

 

Q: Which political party do you support now?

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

37(37)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

5(5)

Komeito (Komeito)

3(3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(3)

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

2(1)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

0(0)

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)

40(43)

No answer (N/A) + Don’t know (D/K)

10(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)

41(43)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ)

13(11)

Komeito (Komeito)

5(6)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4(6)

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

6(6)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP)

2(2)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1(1)

NHK Party (NHK To)

1(0)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0(0)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1(1)

Other political parties, groups

2(2)

D/K+N/A

24(22)

 

Q: Do you think Prime Minister Kishida should continue the policies of the Abe and Suga administrations?

 

Yes

23

No

55

 

Q: Are you optimistic about the Kishida administration’s COVID-19 measures?

 

Yes

47

No

27

 

Q: Are you hopeful about Prime Minister Kishida’s economic policies?

 

Yes

42

No

28

 

Q: Prime Minister Kishida has said, “We have to show the people that the LDP has been reborn.” Judging from the new cabinet and LDP executive lineups, do you think he will be able to achieve the “rebirth of the LDP”?

 

Yes

24

No

54

 

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? Or do you think it would be good if the opposition parties increased their number of seats? Or do you think it would be good 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

17(19)

Opposition parties increase number of seats

33(36)

Not much change from the number of seats they hold now

32(36)

 

Q: How anxious are you that there will be a resurgence of COVID-19? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Very anxious

37

Somewhat anxious

47

Not very anxious

12

Not anxious at all

3

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted from the evening of Oct. 4 through the night of Oct. 5, 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 972 persons, including 375 persons (out of 684 households found to have one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 597 persons (out of the 1,330 persons found to be eligible voters) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 55% for landline numbers and 45% for mobile numbers.

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