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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. 19–20, 2021.)

 

Q: Do you support the Kishida Cabinet?

 

Yes

45(41)

No

27(26)

 

Q: Which political party do you support now?

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

36(34)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

9(7)

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

9(3)

Komeito (Komeito)

4(4)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1(1)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(3)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1(0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1(0)

NHK Party (NHK To)

0(0)

Other political party

1(1)

None of the above (NOTA)

29(34)

No answer (N/A) + Don’t know (D/K)

6(13)

 

Q: The Liberal Democratic Party won well more than the majority of Lower House seats in the recent general election. What do you think about this election outcome?

 

It is good that the LDP won well over the majority of seats

47

It is not good

34

 

Q: Why do you think the LDP won well over the majority of Lower House seats in the election: Because voters think highly of the LDP-Komeito coalition government or because voters are not optimistic about the opposition parties?

 

Because voters think highly of the LDP-Komeito coalition government

19

Because voters are not optimistic about the opposition parties

65

 

Q: Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party) greatly increased the number of seats it holds in the Lower House in the recent general election and has become Japan’s third largest political party after the LDP and the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan. Do you think this is because voters are hopeful about Nippon Ishin or because they are not hopeful about other political parties?

 

Because voters are hopeful about Nippon Ishin

40

Because they are not hopeful about other political parties

46

 

Q: Do you think the opposition parties should join hands and back a single candidate in the various constituencies in the Upper House election next summer?

 

Yes

27

No

51

 

Q: The CDPJ and the JCP have different positions on diplomacy and security among other issues. Do you think it is problematic for the two parties to engage in electoral cooperation in the Upper House election while holding such differences?

 

Yes

54

No

31

 

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

 

Yes

41(37)

No

41(39)

 

Q: Are you in favor of or opposed to constitutional amendment under the Kishida administration?

 

In favor

40

Opposed

36

 

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

 

Yes

50(51)

No

41(38)

 

Q: Are you in favor of or opposed to restarting the “Go To Travel” campaign, which encourages tourism by offering discounts on travel fees?

 

In favor

52

Opposed

39

 

Q: Are you planning to take a trip or to return to your hometown during the year-end and new year’s holidays?

 

Yes

18

No

80

 

Q: Do you want to attend year-end and new year’s parties?

 

Yes

23

No

72

 

Q: How anxious are you that there will be a resurgence of COVID-19?

 

Very anxious

28

Somewhat anxious

57

Not very anxious

12

Not anxious at all

3

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted on Nov. 6–7, 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 1,292 persons, including 490 persons (out of 975 households found to have one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 802 persons (out of the 1,941 persons found to be eligible voters) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 50% for landline numbers and 41% for mobile numbers.

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