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Opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

Asterisks indicate that the choices were read aloud to the respondent. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted Dec. 3–5, 2021.

 

Q: Do you support the Kishida Cabinet?

 

Yes

66(62)

No

22(22)

Other answers (O/A)

5(6)

No answer (N/A)

7(10)

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the foregoing question) Select only one from among the following six reasons for your approval of the Kishida Cabinet.*

 

Something can be expected of its policy measures

15

The prime minister has leadership ability

9

The prime minister is trustworthy

15

The Cabinet’s lineup is good

2

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

14

Because there is no one else who is suitable to be prime minister

44

O/A

N/A

1

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the foregoing question) Select only one from among the following six reasons for your disapproval of the Kishida Cabinet.*

 

Nothing can be expected of its policy measures

22

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

18

The prime minister is untrustworthy

6

The Cabinet’s lineup is not good

10

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

34

Because there are other people who are suitable to be prime minister

6

O/A

1

N/A

3

 

Q: Which political party do you support now? Name only one.

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

41(41)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

5(7)

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

6(8)

Komeito (Komeito)

3(3)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

2(1)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2(2)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0(1)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0(0)

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(0)

O/A

0(1)

None of the above (NOTA)

35(32)

N/A

4(4)

 

Q: Which political party’s candidates or which political party do you plan to vote for in the proportional representation segment of this summer’s Upper House election?*

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

42

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

9

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

14

Komeito (Komeito)

4

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

3

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

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

O/A

0

Undecided

16

N/A

6

 

Q: How long would you like to see Prime Minister Kishida remain in office? Select one of the below.*

 

I would like to see a new prime minister take office immediately

5

For about one year

21

For about two years

33

For as long as possible

33

O/A

1

N/A

7

 

Q: Do you approve of the Japanese government’s handling of COVID-19 so far?

 

Yes

52

No

41

N/A

7

 

Q: The government initially required all people with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 to be hospitalized but has revised its policy to now allow those with mild or no symptoms to recuperate at designated accommodations or at home. Do you approve of this?

 

Yes

76

No

18

N/A

7

 

Q: With the resurgence of COVID-19, Prime Minister Kishida has asked schools to take a flexible approach to examinees who are identified as having been in close contact with COVID-19 patients by offering makeup exams. Do you approve of this?

 

Yes

86

No

8

N/A

6

 

Q: Prime Minister Kishida has moved up third vaccinations for members of the general public. Do you plan to receive a third vaccination? Select one of the below.*   

 

I want to receive a third vaccination immediately

35

I would like to receive a third vaccination but I will not rush to do so

51

I do not want to receive a third vaccination

10

I have already received a third vaccination

2

N/A

2

 

Q: Do you think the Japanese government bears a major responsibility for the resurgence of COVID-19 on U.S. military bases in Japan and the surrounding areas in Okinawa and other parts of the nation?

 

Yes

60

No

32

N/A

8

 

Q: The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is spreading throughout the nation. Are you refraining from eating with others and traveling?

 

Yes

88

No

11

N/A

1

 

Q: Diet members are given a 1 million yen monthly transportation and communications allowance. How do you think the allowance should be handled? Select one of the following.*

 

The allowance should be disbursed on a per diem basis

12

The allowance should be disbursed on a per diem basis and it should be made mandatory for Diet members to disclose how they use the funds

77

No need for revision

5

O/A

2

N/A

3

 

Q: Prime Minister Kishida has asked the business community to raise wages. Do you think the wages will increase overall this year?

 

Yes

21

No

70

N/A

10

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on Jan. 14–16, 2022, on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis and targeted voters aged 18 or over with calls placed to landline and mobile phone numbers. Valid responses were received from a total of 1,088 persons, including 424 persons (out of the 680 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 633 persons (out of the 1,463 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 62% for landline numbers and 43% for mobile numbers. Figures are rounded off. In some graphs and charts, the total percentage may not add up to 100%. “0” indicates that the figure was below 0.5%, and “–” denotes that no respondents gave that answer.

 

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