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Opinion poll & results from Mainichi Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(T = total; P = previous poll [conducted on Oct. 4–5, 2021]; P = previous; M = male; F = female)

 

Q: Do you support the Kishida Cabinet?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

48

(49)

50

44

No

43

(40)

42

44

No answer

9

(11)

8

12

 

  • 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

9

(14)

8

13

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

29

(25)

29

28

Because I have a favorable impression of the prime minister

27

(27)

28

27

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

15

(18)

16

13

Other answer

20

(16)

20

20

 

  • 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

39

(58)

36

43

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

31

(20)

31

32

Because I don’t like the prime minister

2

(4)

3

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

22

(12)

24

20

Other answer

5

(5)

6

3

 

Q: The Lower House was dissolved and a general election held. Kishida Fumio was once again named the prime minister by the Diet. Which of the following would you like to see Prime Minister Kishida do?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Continue the policies of former Prime Ministers Abe Shinzo and Suga Yoshihide

14

 

18

6

Shift from the policies of former Prime Ministers Abe and Suga

53

 

49

61

Unsure

18

 

17

18

I have no expectations of Prime Minister Kishida

15

 

16

14

 

Q: Motegi Toshimitsu replaced Amari Akira as Liberal Democratic Party secretary-general. Do you approve of this appointment?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

51

 

53

49

No

19

 

22

15

Don’t know

29

 

25

36

 

Q: What do you think about the current electoral system, where candidates who lose their single-seat constituency race can gain a Lower House seat through the proportional representation framework?

 

 

T

P

M

F

The system is appropriate

13

 

15

9

It should be reviewed

74

 

74

73

Unsure

13

 

10

17

 

Q: A total of 45 women won Lower House seats in the recent Lower House election, making up less than 10% of the total. Do you think measures should be taken to increase the number of women in the Lower House?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

56

 

52

64

No

33

 

39

21

Don’t know

11

 

8

15

 

Q: The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and the Japanese Communist Party joined hands in the recent Lower House race. Do you think the two parties should continue to engage in electoral cooperation in next year’s Upper House election?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

19

 

19

19

No

43

 

46

37

Unsure

22

 

17

32

Not interested

16

 

19

11

 

Q: The following question is about the Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party), which increased its holdings in the Lower House. Ishin insists that it aims for “reform,” but other opposition parties criticize it for “collaborating with the ruling parties.” Which of the following is closest to Ishin’s image?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Pursues reform

47

 

51

41

Collaborates with the ruling parties

32

 

32

30

Don’t know

21

 

16

29

 

Q: Are you concerned that Japan will see a “sixth wave” of COVID-19?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

66

 

65

68

No

22

 

27

16

Unsure

11

 

8

16

 

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

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

51

(48)

54

47

No

31

(28)

31

30

Unsure

18

(25)

15

22

 

Q: The Kishida administration has decided to give 100,000 yen in cash and vouchers to households with children age 18 or under as a measure to help the economy bounce back from the pandemic. Only those with an annual income of 9.6 million yen or less are eligible for the handout. What do you think about this cap?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Appropriate

28

 

29

27

No need for an income cap

20

 

19

21

I am opposed to giving 100,000 yen handouts

44

 

46

40

Don’t know

8

 

6

12

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

32

(34)

36

25

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

12

(13)

12

12

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

16

(8)

16

17

Komeito (Komeito)

4

(6)

3

4

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

4

(2)

5

4

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

5

(6)

5

6

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

4

(1)

4

5

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

(0)

0

2

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)

2

Other political groups

0

(1)

0

0

None of the above (NOTA)

20

(28)

17

24

 

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 Nov. 13, 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 747 mobile numbers and 325 landline phone numbers.

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