The Sankei-FNN joint public opinion poll [conducted on Feb. 19–20] probed views on whether the Japanese government should impose economic sanctions on Russia if it invades Ukraine. Respondents who indicated they support the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) or the Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party) tended to take a positive view of imposing sanctions.
Overall, respondents were split on whether Japan should move ahead with imposing sanctions, with 43.9% saying Japan should and 44.1% saying Japan should not.
Looking at the survey findings by political party supported, 48.3% of LDP supporters and 60.4% of Nippon Ishin backers said they approve of Japan’s moving forward with sanctions in the event of an invasion, while 40.2% and 26.5%, respectively, said they disapprove. In contrast, 52.0% of supporters of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) and 48.9% of independents said that they do not support sanctions, while 42.5% and 39.0%, respectively, said that they approve.
Asked if they approved of the government’s diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Games because of China’s human rights record, 70.9% of all respondents said that they approved of the move, greatly outdistancing the 19.2% who said that they disapproved.
Most LDP and Nippon Ishin supporters approved of the diplomatic boycott. A plurality of 79.4% of LDP supporters and 82.3% of Nippon Ishin backers agreed with the move, while only 13.1% of LDP supporters and 10.4% of Nippon Ishin backers disagreed with it. Meanwhile, 68.4% of CDPJ supporters and 64.0% of independents said they backed the decision, while 14.3% of CDPJ supporters and 25.5% of independents said they disagreed with it.
The boycott was backed even by those who do not support the Kishida Cabinet, with 69.5% of this group saying they agreed with the boycott and 26.0% saying they did not.