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Kyodo News opinion poll & results from Tokyo Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures in parentheses are the results of the survey conducted Nov. 10–11, 2021.)

 

Q1: Do you support the Kishida Cabinet?

 

Yes

60.0

(60.5)

No

22.7

(23.0)

Don’t know (D/K) + No answer (N/A)

17.3

(16.5)

 

Q2: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

43.8

(42.7)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

11.6

(10.7)

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

12.5

(13.0)

Komeito (Komeito)

3.4

(7.4)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

2.0

(2.7)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4.3

(3.9)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1.6

(2.9)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.8

(0.6)

NHK Party (The Party Fighting against NHK in the Trial for Violating Article 72 of the Attorney Act) (NHK To [NHK to Saiban Shiteru To Bengoshiho 72-jo ihan de])

0.2

(0.2)

Other political parties, groups

0.5

(0.8)

None of the above (NOTA)

17.9

 (13.6)

D/K+N/A

1.4

(1.5)

 

Q3: Do you approve of the government’s handling of COVID-19 to date?

 

Yes

60.9

(58.3)

No

35.2

(38.1)

D/K+N/A

3.9

(3.6)

 

Q4: The government has said that third COVID shots are to be administered eight months after the second shot in principle, but Prime Minister Kishida has reduced the interval for administering COVID-19 booster shots for healthcare workers and senior citizens, who together number about 31 million people. What do you think about this government policy?

 

It is appropriate

53.5

 

The target group should be broadened

32.0

 

There is no need to reduce the interval for third doses

11.7

 

D/K+N/A

2.8

 

 

Q5: The Kishida government had planned to initially give 50,000 yen in cash and another 50,000 yen in vouchers later for each child aged 18 or younger living in a household in which the primary earner’s annual income is less than 9.6 million yen. The government later decided to allow local governments to provide all-cash benefits. Which do you think is appropriate?

 

Giving all cash handouts

79.2

 

Handouts that are a mix of cash and vouchers

16.8

 

D/K+N/A

4.0

 

 

Q6: Regarding the 100,000 yen handouts, the ministers in charge are also allowing local governments to decide themselves whether to eliminate the cap on annual income. Do you approve of this?

 

Yes

52.1

 

No

45.1

 

D/K+N/A

2.8

 

 

Q7: It has been revealed that statistical data held by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism was inappropriately handled, including data tampering. Do you think that this harmed people’s trust in government statistical data?

 

Yes

77.6

 

No

19.7

 

D/K+N/A

2.7

 

 

Q8: Diet members are given a 1 million yen monthly transportation and communications allowance in addition to their regular compensation. The ruling parties say that changing the payment so that it is disbursed on a per diem basis should be prioritized while the opposition parties say that Diet members should also be obligated to disclose how they spend the funds. How would you like to see the matter handled in the current Diet session?

 

Prioritize changing the payment so that it is disbursed on a per diem basis

8.6

 

In addition to changing to the disbursement so that it is done on a per diem basis, make it mandatory for Diet members to disclose how they use the funds

81.7

 

Nothing needs to be changed

7.0

 

D/K+N/A

2.7

 

 

Q9: The wife of the Kinki Local Finance Bureau worker who committed suicide after he [was forced to] falsify documents related to the Moritomo Gakuen scandal has sued for damages. The government has changed its stance and allowed compensation. The bereaved wife is seeking to have the government reinvestigate the case, saying that it still is not clear what happened. Do you think that Prime Minister Kishida should have the matter reinvestigated?

 

Yes

79.3

 

No

19.0

 

D/K+N/A

1.7

 

 

Notes: Figures rounded off. “0” indicates that the figure was below 0.5%.

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted [by Kyodo News] by telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis on Dec. 18–19, 2021, targeting voters across the nation. However, the survey excluded landline numbers in some areas of Fukushima Prefecture. The survey covered 669 randomly selected households with eligible voters nationwide [by landline phone], with responses collected from 540 people. A total of 1,126 people were accessed through their mobile phones, of which 525 responded.

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