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Opinion poll & results from Mainichi Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(T = total; P = previous poll [conducted on Sept. 18, 2021]; P = previous; M = male; F = female)

 

Q: Do you support the Kishida Cabinet?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

49

 

51

45

No

40

 

40

40

No answer

11

 

9

15

 

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

 

 

T

P

M

F

Because it looks like the political situation will change

14

 

10

23

Because it looks like something can be expected of the cabinet’s policies

25

 

28

18

Because I have a favorable impression of the prime minister

27

 

25

31

Because it is a coalition cabinet formed of Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito members

18

 

20

16

Other answer

16

 

17

12

 

  • Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the above question) Why? Select one from the following.

 

 

T

P

M

F

Because it does not look like the political situation will change

58

 

58

58

Because it looks like nothing can be expected of the cabinet’s policies

20

 

20

23

Because I don’t like the prime minister

4

 

4

6

Because it is a coalition cabinet formed of Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito members

12

 

13

9

Other answer

5

 

5

4

 

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

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

34

 

39

27

No

42

 

41

43

Unsure

23

 

21

29

 

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

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

48

 

49

47

No

28

 

28

27

Unsure

25

 

23

26

 

Q: The government lifted the state of emergency at the end of September. Which do you think should be prioritized in COVID measures going forward: infection prevention or economic activities?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Infection prevention should generally be prioritized

48

 

46

53

Economic activities should generally be prioritized

36

 

42

26

Unsure

15

 

12

21

 

Q: The following questions concern Prime Minister Kishida’s appointments to his cabinet and the LDP board. Can you be hopeful given the Kishida Cabinet lineup?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

21

 

24

14

No

51

 

51

52

Don’t know

28

 

24

34

 

Q: Amari Akira has been appointed secretary-general of the LDP. Do you approve of this appointment?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

22

 

28

10

No

54

 

53

54

Don’t know

24

 

18

35

 

Q: It is said that former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and former Prime Minister Aso Taro exert greater influence in the Kishida administration. Do you think this will be a positive or a negative in Prime Minister Kishida’s operation of his administration?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Positive

23

 

26

16

Negative

59

 

57

63

Don’t know

18

 

16

21

 

Q: Of the three politicians who were defeated in the LDP presidential election, select the one that you would like to see be a candidate for prime minister in the future.

 

 

T

P

M

F

Kono Taro

40

 

41

41

Takaichi Sanae

24

 

27

17

Noda Seiko

10

 

8

13

None of the above

26

 

24

28

 

Q: Prime Minister Kishida is expected to dissolve the Lower House next week. Will you cast your vote for ruling party candidates or opposition party candidates in the single-member constituencies segment of the Lower House election?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Ruling party candidates

41

 

45

36

Opposition party candidates

34

 

35

32

Undecided

24

 

21

31

 

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)

34

(35)

38

28

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

16

(14)

17

14

Komeito (Komeito)

6

(5)

5

7

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

7

(6)

6

8

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

8

(7)

9

7

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

2

(2)

3

2

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

(0)

0

1

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1

(2)

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)

1

1

Other political groups

1

(0)

2

1

Undecided

23

(28)

19

30

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

34

(37)

37

29

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

13

(10)

14

10

Komeito (Komeito)

6

(4)

5

8

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

6

(4)

6

6

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

8

(5)

8

8

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

2

(1)

2

2

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0

(1)

0

1

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1

(2)

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

(1)

1

1

Other political groups

1

(1)

1

0

None of the above (NOTA)

28

(34)

25

35

 

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 over the two-day period of Oct. 4–5, 2021 targeting 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 725 mobile numbers and 310 landline phone numbers.

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