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50% support Kishida Cabinet, 26% do not, NHK public opinion poll

According to the December NHK public opinion poll, 50% of respondents said they support the Kishida Cabinet, down 3 percentage points from the survey conducted last month. Nonsupport inched up by 1 point to reach 26%.


NHK conducted a nationwide survey over the three-day period of Dec. 10–12, 2021, on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis and targeted men and women aged 18 or over with calls placed to landline and mobile phone numbers. Valid responses were received from 1,190 of the 2,093 people polled. The valid response rate was 57%.


Asked why they support the Cabinet, 45% said “because it is a better alternative to other possible Cabinets,” and 18% said “because the Cabinet is led by the political party I support.”


Asked why they disapprove of the Cabinet, 38% said “because I am not hopeful about the Cabinet’s policies,” and 21% said “because the Cabinet is not led by the political party I support.”


When asked for their views on the government’s handling of the novel coronavirus so far, 7% said they “rate it highly,” while 57% said they “have a somewhat positive view of it.” Meanwhile, 26% said they “do not rate it very highly,” and 6% said they “do not have a positive view of it at all.”


The government has compiled a draft supplementary budget worth a total of 35.98 trillion yen to fund an economic stimulus package, including support measures for businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19.  Asked how optimistic they are about the budget’s impact on Japan’s economic recovery, 1% said they are “very optimistic,” while 31% said they are “somewhat hopeful.” Meanwhile, 52% said they are “not very optimistic,” and 9% said they are “not hopeful at all.”


Regarding the 100,000 yen handout for those aged 18 or under, the government has set a ceiling on the income of recipient households and established the basic policy that the handout will include both cash and coupons. Asked for their assessment, 5% said they “rate the policy highly,” while 28% said they “have a somewhat positive view of it.” Meanwhile, 37% said they “do not rate it very highly,” and 25% said they “do not have a positive view of it at all.”


To prevent the spread of the new Omicron variant, the government has banned the new entry of foreigners in principle. Asked for their views, 43% said they rate the measure “very highly” and 38% said they have “somewhat positive view of it.” But 10% “do not rate it very highly” and 4% “do not have a positive view of it at all.”


The United States and some other countries have decided not to send government officials to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, citing the situation of human rights in China. Asked whether they are in favor of or opposed to Japan’s taking similar action, 45% said they support it, 34% said they oppose it and 21% said they do not know or they did not answer the question.


Diet members are given a 1 million yen monthly transportation and communications allowance. The ruling parties say that changing the payment so that it is disbursed on a diem basis should be prioritized, while the opposition parties say that Diet members should also be obligated to disclose how they spend the funds. Asked how the current Diet session should handle the matter, 20% said “the Diet should at least decide to disburse the allowance on a per diem basis” while 65% said “the Diet should also make it mandatory for Diet members to disclose how they use the funds” and 5% said “nothing needs to be changed.”

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