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Opinion poll & results from Mainichi Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(T = total; P = previous poll [conducted on Dec. 18, 2021]; M = male; F = female)

 

Q: Do you support the Kishida Cabinet?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

52

(54)

51

53

No

36

(36)

41

28

No answer

12

(10)

8

19

 

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

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

31

(46)

31

32

No

39

(26)

43

30

Unsure

30

(27)

25

38

 

Q: Do you want to have a third dose of the COVID vaccine?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

61

 

63

60

No

21

 

20

22

I have already had a third shot

3

 

3

4

I have not had a second shot yet

6

 

7

5

Don’t know

8

 

6

9

 

Q: How do you feel about the fact that the Omicron variant is spreading?

 

 

T

P

M

F

I am very afraid

34

 

29

42

I am afraid but not as much as I was about the Delta variant

46

 

49

42

I am not afraid

15

 

18

11

Don’t know

4

 

4

5

 

Q: Do you think it is necessary now to restrict economic activities, including restaurant hours and the holding of events, to counter the spread of COVID-19?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Restrictions are needed

38

 

35

42

Restrictions are not needed if measures are being taken to counter the spread of COVID-19

55

 

61

46

Don’t know

7

 

4

11

 

Q: The government initially required all people with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 to be hospitalized but has revised its policy to allow patients to recuperate at designated accommodations or at home. Do you approve of this?

 

 

T

P

M

F

The change in policy is appropriate

71

 

73

68

It is problematic

18

 

19

16

Don’t know

11

 

8

16

 

Q: COVID-19 cases have risen rapidly at U.S. military bases in Japan, including those in Okinawa and Yamaguchi Prefectures. In response, the Japanese government requested the United States to ramp up testing and restrict personnel from going outside the bases. What do you think about the government’s handling of the matter?

 

 

T

P

M

F

The government’s request was appropriate

50

 

51

50

The government was soft on the U.S. military

45

 

44

45

Don’t know

4

 

4

5

 

Q: Do you think the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement, which provides for the handling of relations with the U.S. military, needs to be revised?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

74

 

74

73

No

12

 

16

7

Don’t know

14

 

10

20

 

Q: The Beijing Winter Olympic Games will be held in February. What do you think about that?

 

 

T

P

M

F

I am looking forward to them

17

 

18

16

I cannot get into the Olympic mood when I think about China’s human rights issues and the COVID situation

60

 

58

64

I am not interested

23

 

25

19

 

Q: This September marks the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties between Japan and China. Are you optimistic that Japan-China ties will start to improve this year?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

44

 

47

40

No

37

 

41

30

Unsure

18

 

12

30

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

30

(27)

31

30

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

9

(11)

10

8

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

18

(22)

20

14

Komeito (Komeito)

3

(4)

2

5

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

4

(3)

4

3

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3

(5)

3

3

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

4

(4)

3

4

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0

(0)

1

NHK Party (Party That Protects People Who Do Not Pay the NHK License Fee (NHK To [NHK Jushinryo wo Harawanai Kokumin wo Mamoru To])

1

(1)

1

1

Other political groups

1

(1)

1

1

None of the above (NOTA)

25

(22)

23

29

 

Q: An Upper House election will be held this summer. Which political party do you plan to vote for in the proportional representation segment of that election?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

27

 

27

27

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

11

 

12

10

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

21

 

23

18

Komeito (Komeito)

4

 

3

5

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

4

 

5

3

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

5

 

4

5

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

3

 

3

4

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

 

1

1

NHK Party (Party That Protects People Who Do Not Pay the NHK License Fee (NHK To [NHK Jushinryo wo Harawanai Kokumin wo Mamoru To])

1

 

1

1

Other political groups

1

 

1

1

None of the above (NOTA)

22

 

19

25

 

Notes: 1. Figures rounded off. “0” indicates that the figure was below 0.5%, and “–” denotes that no respondents gave that answer. “No answer” omitted.

[(2) On Jan. 20, the “Party Fighting against NHK in the Trial for Violating Article 72 of the Attorney Act (NHK Party)” changed its name to the “Party That Protects People Who Do Not Pay the NHK License Fee (NHK Party).”]

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by the Social Survey Research Center and the Mainichi Shimbun on Jan. 22, 2022, 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 answer. The target number of valid responses was set at 700 for mobile phones and 300 for landlines phones. Valid responses were received from 748 mobile numbers and 313 landline phone numbers.

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