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OPINION POLLS

Opinion poll & results from Mainichi Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(T = total; P = previous poll [conducted on Feb. 19, 2022]; M = male; F = female)

 

Q: Do you support the Kishida Cabinet?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

48

(45)

46

52

No

38

(46)

43

30

No answer

13

(10)

11

17

 

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

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

30

(27)

32

28

No

38

(51)

41

33

Unsure

31

(22)

26

39

 

Q: The government will lift the quasi-state of emergency measures on March 21. What do you think about this?

 

 

T

P

M

F

The move is appropriate

65

 

66

63

The measures should have been extended

24

 

25

22

Don’t know

10

 

8

14

 

Q: Do you plan to continue to take COVID countermeasures in your daily life going forward?

 

 

T

P

M

F

I plan to continue to take countermeasures

77

 

73

84

I plan to gradually return to my pre-COVID ways

21

 

24

14

I have never taken COVID measures

1

 

2

0

Don’t know

1

 

0

1

 

Q: Do you plan to have a third dose of the COVID vaccine at an early date?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

30

(56)

30

32

No

14

(17)

14

14

I have already had a third shot

46

(17)

46

47

I have not had a second shot yet

6

(5)

7

3

Don’t know

3

(5)

3

3

 

Q: Are you concerned that Japan’s security is threatened by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Very concerned

46

 

52

38

Somewhat concerned

41

 

37

50

Not very concerned

8

 

7

7

Not particularly concerned

3

 

4

2

Don’t know

1

 

0

2

 

Q: What do you think about the economic sanctions the Japanese government has imposed on Russia?

 

 

T

P

M

F

The sanctions are appropriate

59

 

56

66

The sanctions should be made tougher

30

 

34

22

Sanctions are not needed

5

 

5

4

Don’t know

5

 

4

7

 

Q: What do you think about the fact that the Japanese government has sent bulletproof vests to Ukraine?

 

 

T

P

M

F

The move is appropriate

61

 

57

67

The government should consider offering more active military support

22

 

28

12

It is not necessary for Japan to offer military support

11

 

11

14

Don’t know

5

 

4

7

 

Q: Are you concerned that China will invade Taiwan?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Very concerned

56

 

61

48

Somewhat concerned

33

 

29

39

Not very concerned

6

 

5

7

Not particularly concerned

2

 

3

2

Don’t know

2

 

1

3

 

Q: “Nuclear sharing” refers to hosting American nuclear weapons on Japanese soil and jointly using them. Some have requested that nuclear sharing be discussed. What do you think about discussing nuclear sharing?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Japan should discuss nuclear sharing

57

 

64

45

Japan should not discuss nuclear sharing

32

 

30

36

Don’t know

10

 

6

18

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

34

(35)

36

30

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

9

(8)

9

9

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

12

(16)

14

10

Komeito (Komeito)

2

(3)

2

2

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

4

(4)

4

3

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3

(4)

3

4

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

2

(3)

2

1

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

(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

1

Other political groups

1

(1)

1

2

None of the above (NOTA)

30

(25)

27

36

 

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)

31

(31)

34

28

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

12

(9)

13

12

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

14

(19)

16

13

Komeito (Komeito)

2

(3)

2

3

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

5

(4)

5

4

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4

(5)

4

4

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

3

(4)

2

2

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0

(1)

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)

2

0

Other political groups

1

(2)

1

1

None of the above (NOTA)

25

(20)

21

32

 

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

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by the Social Survey Research Center and the Mainichi Shimbun on March 19, 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 718 mobile numbers and 322 landline phone numbers.

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