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Opinion poll & results from Mainichi Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(T = total; P = previous poll [conducted on Nov. 13, 2021]; M = male; F = female)

 

Q: Do you support the Kishida Cabinet?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

54

(48)

54

55

No

36

(43)

38

32

No answer

10

(9)

8

13

 

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

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

46

 

50

42

No

26

 

26

26

Unsure

27

 

24

33

 

Q: Are you concerned that the Omicron variant will spread?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

73

 

69

79

No

16

 

19

13

Unsure

11

 

12

9

 

Q: This question is about COVID vaccinations. Do you plan to have your third shot soon?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

65

 

67

64

No

21

 

20

23

I have not had a second shot yet

6

 

7

4

Don’t know

8

 

7

10

 

Q: The Kishida administration has decided to give 100,000 yen in cash and vouchers to households with a child age 18 or under as a measure to help the economy bounce back from the pandemic. The local governments will decide whether to disburse the handout in cash and vouchers or to disburse the sum entirely in cash. How do you think the local governments should handle this?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Mix of cash and vouchers

11

 

11

12

Entirely in cash

60

 

61

57

I am opposed to giving 100,000 yen handouts

25

 

25

25

Don’t know

4

 

3

5

 

Q: The COVID situation has gotten under control in Japan, and there are hopes that consumption will rebound after being sluggish due to the pandemic. Have you increased or decreased your spending on shopping, eating out, and travel recently?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Increased

37

 

37

38

Decreased

15

 

13

18

No change

48

 

50

44

 

Q: Do you plan to travel or return to your hometown during the new year’s holidays?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

26

 

30

20

No

69

 

66

75

I am vacillating about whether to travel or return to my hometown

4

 

4

5

 

Q: It looks like legislative amendment to review the setup that allows Diet members to receive a 1 million yen monthly transportation and communications allowance will be postponed because the ruling and opposition parties were not able to reach a consensus. Do you think the handling by the ruling parties or that by the opposition parties is problematic?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Ruling parties’ handling of the matter is problematic

34

 

34

32

Opposition parties’ handling of the matter is problematic

9

 

10

6

Both are problematic

49

 

47

52

There is no need for legislative amendment

3

 

4

1

Don’t know

6

 

5

8

 

Q: The United States, the UK and other nations have decided not to dispatch governmental representatives to the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games next year. Do you think the Japanese government should also declare a diplomatic boycott of the Games?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

52

 

58

43

No

29

 

29

29

Don’t know

19

 

13

28

 

Q: Izumi Kenta has taken office as the new representative of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan. Are you hopeful about the future of the CDPJ?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

27

 

26

27

No

39

 

44

31

Unsure

24

 

20

31

Not interested

10

 

10

11

 

Q: Are you optimistic about Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party), which increased its holdings in the Lower House in the recent election?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

48

 

49

47

No

29

 

31

23

Unsure

19

 

17

24

Not interested

4

 

3

6

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

27

(32)

29

24

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

11

(12)

11

11

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

22

(16)

21

24

Komeito (Komeito)

4

(4)

4

4

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

3

(4)

3

3

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

5

(5)

5

5

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

4

(4)

4

2

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0

(1)

0

0

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

(0)

1

0

None of the above (NOTA)

22

(20)

20

26

 

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 Dec. 18, 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 answers. The target number of valid responses was set at 700 for mobile phones and 300 for landlines phones. Valid responses were received from 721 mobile numbers and 302 landline phone numbers.

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