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Opinion poll & results from Sankei Shimbun

Main Questions & Answers of the Sankei-FNN Joint Public Opinion Poll (%)

 

Q: Do you support Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and his Cabinet?

 

Yes

62.6

(66.9)

No

30.0

(26.8)

Other answers (O/A)

7.5

(6.3)

 

  • Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the foregoing question) Why?

 

The prime minister is trustworthy

18.3

(14.2)

Good policies

3.3

(6.3)

He can get things done

19.7

(27.8)

The Cabinet is led by the Liberal Democratic Party

17.6

(16.5)

There is no other good person

40.1

(34.1)

O/A

1.0

(1.2)

 

  • Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the foregoing question) Why not?

 

The prime minister is untrustworthy

4.6

(4.7)

Bad policies

16.6

(16.7)

He cannot get things done

49.4

(36.5)

The Cabinet is led by the Liberal Democratic Party

22.6

(34.0)

There is another good person

4.1

(6.2)

O/A

2.6

(1.9)

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

40.7

(40.3)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

5.0

(6.0)

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

5.9

(6.7)

Komeito (Komeito)

3.9

(3.2)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

0.4

(1.3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2.3

(2.7)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0.7

(0.8)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.6

 (0.7)

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

0.0

(0.3)

Other political parties

0.6

(0.4)

None of the above (NOTA)

36.5

(35.4)

O/A

3.4

(2.3)

 

Q: Do you approve of the government’s COVID-19 countermeasures?

 

Yes

46.9

(54.2)

No

42.8

(36.3)

O/A

10.4

(9.6)

 

Q: From Feb. 21, a total of 31 prefectures will be under a quasi-state of emergency. What do you think of this government move?

 

It is appropriate

30.5

 

Some areas should rather be under a full state of emergency

46.6

 

There is no need for a quasi-state of emergency

20.8

 

O/A

2.2

 

 

Q: Do you think it is necessary to place restrictions on economic activities, including restaurants’ opening hours, because of the spread of the Omicron variant?

 

Truly necessary

8.5

 

Somewhat necessary

60.0

 

Not very necessary

25.0

 

Not necessary at all

5.7

 

O/A

0.9

 

 

Q: What are your views on a third vaccination against COVID-19?

 

I would like to have a third vaccination immediately

29.4

(32.8)

I would like to have a third vaccination, but I won’t rush to do so

37.5

(47.6)

I do not want to have a third vaccination

11.4

(14.7)

I have already had it

21.6

(3.4)

O/A

0.2

(1.4)

 

Q: From next month, the government plans to ease border-control measures, which currently ban new foreign entries in principle. Which one of the following is closest to your view on this matter?

 

It appropriate to ease restrictions

50.0

 

The halt on new foreign entries should be lifted entirely

10.2

 

The border-control measures should not be eased

36.9

 

O/A

3.0

 

 

Q: COVID is currently designated in the Infectious Diseases Control Law as “equivalent to Class II diseases,” which is the category for tuberculosis. Class II diseases require patients be isolated. What do you think about the proposal to lower COVID’s classification to Class V, which is the category for seasonal influenza?

 

COVID should continue to be treated as “equivalent to Class II” diseases like tuberculosis

36.9

 

COVID should be designated as Class V, like influenza

58.2

 

O/A

5.0

 

 

Q: Compared to earlier times in the pandemic, do you feel a greater or lesser need to refrain from eating in groups and traveling because of the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19?

 

Sense a greater need

42.3

 

No change

50.3

 

Sense a lesser need

6.7

 

O/A

0.7

 

 

Q: In light of China’s human rights record, the Japanese government did not send a diplomatic delegation to the Beijing Winter Games. Do you approve of this?

 

Approve

70.9

 

Disapprove

19.2

 

O/A

9.9

 

 

Q: To what degree is the rise in commodity prices, including those for food, daily necessities, and gasoline, impacting your life?

 

Major impact

33.7

 

Some impact

48.6

 

Not much impact

15.6

 

No impact at all

2.0

 

O/A

0.1

 

 

Q: Do you think that Japan should impose sanctions on Russia in step with the United States and other countries if Russia were to invade Ukraine?

 

Yes

43.9

 

No

44.1

 

O/A

12.0

 

 

Notes: Parenthesized figures denote the results of the previous survey conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network on Jan. 22–23, 2022. “O/A” for “other answers” is the sum of respondents who said they “don’t know” and those that said they are “unsure.”

 

Polling methodology: A total of 1,011 men and women, aged 18 and over, across the nation were surveyed. The nation was divided into 11 blocs corresponding to the Lower House proportional representation districts. The survey was conducted by placing telephone calls on a random digit dialing (RDD) basis until the calculated number of responses obtained from each bloc corresponded to that bloc’s relative population. A weighted adjustment was then performed for such variables as gender and age. Calls were placed to both landline and mobile numbers in the ratio of 4:6. The following follow-up question was posed to respondents who gave an unclear answer to the question about Cabinet support: “Which is closer to your view?” The responses to the follow-up questions were added to the responses to the initial question. [The survey was conducted on Feb. 19–20, 2022.]  

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