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Opinion poll & results from Asahi Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures are rounded off. Some questions and answers have been omitted. Parenthesized figures are the results of the survey taken on Nov. 6–7, 2021.)

 

Q: Do you support the Kishida Cabinet?

 

Yes

49(45)

No

23(27)

 

Q: Which political party do you support now?

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

36(36)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

8(9)

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

7(9)

Komeito (Komeito)

3(4)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1(1)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2(3)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1(1)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0(1)

NHK Party (NHK To)

0(0)

Other political party

0(1)

None of the above (NOTA)

34(29)

No answer (N/A) + Don’t know (D/K)

8(6)

 

Q: If you were to vote now in an Upper House election, which political party would you vote for in the proportional representation segment and which party’s candidates would you cast your ballot for? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

37

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

13

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

16

Komeito (Komeito)

5

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

2

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

3

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

NHK Party (NHK To)

1

Other political party

2

No answer (N/A) + Don’t know (D/K)

16

 

Q: Do you think that Prime Minister Kishida has demonstrated his “skill in listening” to people’s opinions in implementing policies?

 

Yes

48

No

29

 

Q: More than in the past, the government plans to substantially reduce the taxes of companies that raise worker wages by at least a certain percent. Do you approve of this government policy?

 

Yes

46

No

35

 

Q: This question concerns the 1 million yen monthly transportation and communications allowance given to Diet members. It looks like the current Diet session will defer legislative revisions to obligate Diet members to disclose how they use their allowance. Do you think this is acceptable?

 

Yes

13

No

81

 

Q: Izumi Kenta has been selected as the new leader of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ). Are you hopeful about the future of the party?

 

Yes

40

No

43

 

Q: Do you think that the CDPJ should promote electoral cooperation with the Japanese Communist Party in next year’s Upper House election?

 

Yes

21

No

52

 

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

 

Yes

51(50)

No

36(41)

 

Q: How anxious are you that there will be a resurgence of COVID-19?

 

Very anxious

36(28)

Somewhat anxious

50(57)

Not very anxious

11(12)

Not anxious at all

2(3)

 

Q: Are you more inclined to refrain from going out and eating with others because of the discovery of the Omicron variant?

 

Yes

40

No

54

 

Q: This question concerns the distribution of 100,000 yen handouts to households with a child age 18 or under. Initially, the government said the handouts should be disbursed in the form of cash and vouchers, but later it changed its policy to allow all-cash disbursements. Do you approve of Prime Minister Kishida’s handling of the method of disbursement?

 

Yes

50

No

40

 

Q: Various countries have decided not to dispatch governmental representatives to next year’s Beijing Winter Games because of China’s human rights issues. Do you think that Japan should also announce a diplomatic boycott?

 

Yes

35

No

43

 

Q: It has been revealed that the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism was altering data in the nation’s statistical surveys without permission. Do you think this is very problematic?

 

Yes

82

No

10

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted on Dec. 18–19, 2021, on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis targeting voters nationwide with telephone calls placed by pollsters to landline and mobile phone numbers. Valid responses were received from a total of 1,318 persons, including 472 persons (out of 962 households found to have one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 846 persons (out of the 2,000 persons found to be eligible voters) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 49% for landline numbers and 42% for mobile numbers.

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