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Opinion poll & results from Sankei Shimbun

Main Questions & Answers of the Sankei-FNN Joint Public Opinion Poll (%)

 

Q: Do you support Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and his Cabinet?

 

Yes

66.4

(63.2)

No

26.2

(30.7)

Other answers (O/A)

7.4

(6.1)

 

  • Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the foregoing question) Why?

 

The prime minister is trustworthy

15.2

(14.0)

Good policies

3.9

(4.8)

He can get things done

25.9

(21.5)

The Cabinet is led by the Liberal Democratic Party

15.2

(22.4)

There is no other good person

38.4

(36.3)

O/A

1.3

(1.0)

 

  • Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the foregoing question) Why not?

 

The prime minister is untrustworthy

5.2

(3.4)

Bad policies

14.2

(14.9)

He cannot get things done

31.7

(23.0)

The Cabinet is led by the Liberal Democratic Party

41.6

(53.0)

There is another good person

4.9

(3.1)

O/A

2.5

(2.6)

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

38.6

(40.2)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

7.2

(9.0)

Komeito (Komeito)

3.6

(2.9)

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

8.1

(11.7)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1.7

(1.9)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2.6

(3.6)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1.2

(1.5)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.2

 (0.4)

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])

0.1

(0.4)

Other political parties

0.4

(0.3)

None of the above (NOTA)

34.8

(26.5)

O/A

1.6

(1.6)

 

Q: Do you approve of the government’s COVID-19 countermeasures?

 

Yes

67.7

(59.9)

No

24.5

(35.1)

O/A

7.8

(5.0)

 

Q: Do you approve of the government’s barring, in principle, all new foreign visitors from entering Japan?

 

Yes

84.3

 

No

12.0

 

O/A

3.6

 

 

Q: Do want to have a third vaccination against COVID-19?

 

Yes

78.3

 

No

17.6

 

I have already had it

0.3

 

O/A

3.8

 

 

Q: Which is closest to your view on the 100,000 yen handouts being given to households raising children age 18 or under?

 

The handouts should be distributed in two installments, one in cash and one in vouchers

5.5

 

The handouts should be distributed in two installments in cash only

10.2

 

The handouts should be distributed in one installment in cash only

61.9

 

There is no need for the 100,000 yen handouts

19.8

 

O/A

2.5

 

 

Q: Are you in favor of or opposed to restarting the “Go To Travel” campaign to support domestic tourism?

 

In favor

66.4

(59.4)

Opposed

29.6

(36.4)

O/A

4.0

(4.2)

 

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

 

I will return to my hometown

12.7

 

I will travel

5.2

 

I will both return to my hometown and travel

2.4

 

I will neither return to my hometown nor travel

79.5

 

O/A

0.2

 

 

Q: Are you concerned that Japan will see a resurgence in COVID-19 cases?

 

Very concerned

37.4

(32.6)

Somewhat concerned

50.0

(55.1)

Not very concerned

10.2

(10.5)

Not concerned at all

2.3

(1.7)

O/A

0.0

(0.2)

 

Q: Do you think Japan should declare a “diplomatic boycott” of the Beijing Winter Games?

 

Yes

45.4

 

No

44.1

 

O/A

10.4

 

 

Q: Are you hopeful about the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan under Izumi Kenta, its new leader?

 

Very hopeful

6.6

 

Somewhat hopeful

28.0

 

Not very hopeful

34.3

 

Not hopeful at all

22.9

 

O/A

8.3

 

 

(Note) Parenthesized figures denote the results of the previous survey conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network on Nov. 13–14, 2021. “O/A” for “other answers” is the sum of respondents who said they “don’t know” and those that said they are “unsure.”

 

Polling methodology: A total of 1,033 men and women, aged 18 and over, across the nation were surveyed. The nation was divided into 11 blocs corresponding to the Lower House proportional representation districts. The survey was conducted by placing telephone calls on a random digit dialing (RDD) basis until the calculated number of responses obtained from each bloc corresponded to that bloc’s relative population. A weighted adjustment was then performed for such variables as gender and age. Calls were placed to both landline and mobile numbers in the ratio of 4:6. The following follow-up question was posed to respondents who gave an unclear answer to the question about Cabinet support: “Which is closer to your view?” The responses to the follow-up questions were added to the responses to the initial question. [The survey was conducted on Dec. 18–19, 2021.]  

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