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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 Oct. 4 through the night of Oct. 5, 2021.)

 

Q: Do you support the Kishida Cabinet?

 

Yes

41(45)

No

26(20)

 

Q: Which political party do you support now?

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

34(37)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

7(5)

Komeito (Komeito)

4(3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(3)

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

3(2)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1(0)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0(0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0(0)

NHK Party (NHK To)

0(0)

Other political party

1(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

34(40)

No answer (N/A) + Don’t know (D/K)

13(10)

 

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)

38(41)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ)

13(13)

Komeito (Komeito)

7(5)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

5(4)

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

7(6)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP)

2(2)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1(1)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1(1)

NHK Party (NHK To)

1(1)

Other political parties, groups

2(2)

D/K+N/A

23(24)

 

Q: How interested are you in the upcoming Lower House election? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Very interested

26

Somewhat interested

45

Not very interested

21

Not interested at all

7

 

Q: Do you think the coalition government of the LDP and Komeito has performed well overall over the four years since the last Lower House race?

 

Yes

35

No

43

 

Q: Do you think it would be better to continue to have an LDP-led administration going forward or to shift to a CDPJ-led administration?

 

LDP-led administration

46

CDPJ-led administration

22

 

Q: Who do you think is more appropriate to serve as prime minister: Premier Kishida Fumio or CDPJ leader Edano Yukio?

 

Kishida Fumio

54

Edano Yukio

14

 

Q: How capable do you think today’s CDPJ is to lead the government? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Very capable

3

Somewhat capable

31

Not very capable

40

Not capable at all

18

 

Q: Do you think it is good that the five opposition parties, including the CDPJ and the JCP, have moved forward with backing a single candidate in single-seat constituencies in the upcoming Lower House race?

 

Yes

46

No

25

 

Q: What will prioritize most in deciding how to vote in the upcoming Lower House race? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Economy and jobs

27

Social security

29

COVID countermeasures

18

Nuclear power and energy

4

Diplomacy and security

9

Politics and money scandals

8

 

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

 

Yes

51

No

38

 

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

 

Yes

37

No

39

 

Q: How do you think the consumption tax should be handled: Keep it at 10% or reduce the tax rate even if only temporarily?

 

Keep consumption tax at 10%

57

Reduce the tax rate even if only temporarily

35

 

Q: The LDP has released its campaign platform for the upcoming Lower House race and has pledged to revise Article 9 of the Constitution and explicitly state the existence of the Self-Defense Forces. Are you in favor of or opposed to this kind of constitutional amendment?

 

In favor

47

Opposed

32

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted on Oct. 19–20, 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 3,107 persons, including 1,181 persons (out of 2,063 households found to have one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 1,926 persons (out of the 4,261 persons found to be eligible voters) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 57% for landline numbers and 45% for mobile numbers.

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