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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

65.8

(62.6)

No

27.9

(30.0)

Other answers (O/A)

6.3

(7.5)

 

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

 

The prime minister is trustworthy

19.3

(18.3)

Good policies

4.3

(3.3)

He can get things done

17.5

(19.7)

The Cabinet is led by the Liberal Democratic Party

17.0

(17.6)

There is no other good person

41.8

(40.1)

O/A

0.1

(1.0)

 

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

 

The prime minister is untrustworthy

1.4

(4.6)

Bad policies

18.1

(16.6)

He cannot get things done

40.3

(49.4)

The Cabinet is led by the Liberal Democratic Party

33.3

(22.6)

There is another good person

5.3

(4.1)

O/A

1.7

(2.6)

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

37.1

(40.7)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

6.6

(5.0)

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

6.6

(5.9)

Komeito (Komeito)

3.3

(3.9)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

0.7

(0.4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2.2

(2.3)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0.5

(0.7)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.3

 (0.6)

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

0.5

(0.0)

Other political parties

0.6

(0.6)

None of the above (NOTA)

39.8

(36.5)

O/A

1.8

(3.4)

 

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

 

Yes

58.9

(46.9)

No

34.1

(42.8)

O/A

7.0

(10.4)

 

Q: Do you approve of the lifting of the quasi-state of emergency, currently in place in 18 prefectures, on March 21?

 

Yes

65.6

 

No

27.7

 

O/A

6.7

 

 

Q: What do you think about the restarting of the government’s tourism-promotion campaign “Go To Travel” nationwide?

 

The campaign should be restarted quickly

10.0

 

It should be restarted, but there is no rush to do so

66.0

 

It should not be restarted

23.5

 

O/A

0.6

 

 

Q: Do you approve of the Prime Minister Kishida’s handling of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine?

 

Yes

57.6

 

No

29.0

 

O/A

13.4

 

 

Q: How effective do you think the economic sanctions that Japan alongside the United States and other countries is taking against Russia will be?

 

Very effective

6.1

 

Somewhat effective

58.8

 

Not very effective

28.7

 

No effective at all

3.1

 

O/A

3.3

 

 

Q: What are your views on the possibility that the Russian invasion of Ukraine will lead to a crisis where China attempts to take by force Taiwan and the Senkaku Islands (Ishigaki City, Okinawa Prefecture)?

 

I am very concerned about such a crisis

41.7

 

I am somewhat concerned

42.5

 

I am not very concerned

10.7

 

I am not concerned at all

2.6

 

O/A

2.4

 

 

Q: “Nuclear sharing” refers to the hosting of American nuclear weapons on Japanese soil and the involvement of Japan in decision-making regarding their use. Which of the following is closest to your view on the whether nuclear sharing should be discussed in Japan?

 

The issue should be discussed with an eye toward introducing nuclear sharing

20.3

 

Japan should not engage in nuclear sharing, but the issue should be discussed

62.8

 

The issue should not be discussed

15.0

 

O/A

1.9

 

 

Q: Yoon Suk-yeol, the candidate backed by South Korea’s main conservative party, has been elected as the new president of the ROK. How do you think Japan-ROK relations will develop going forward?

 

Improve

18.7

 

No change

73.7

 

Worsen

3.4

 

O/A

4.2

 

 

Q: Do you think the “trigger clause,” which temporarily lowers the gasoline tax, should be unfrozen?

 

Yes

68.6

 

No

20.3

 

O/A

11.1

 

 

Q: The government and ruling parties are considering disbursing a lump-sum handout of about 5,000 yen to all pension recipients to help tide them over during the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic. Do you approve of such a handout?

 

Yes

41.2

 

No

54.5

 

O/A

4.3

 

 

Notes: Parenthesized figures denote the results of the previous survey conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network on Feb. 19–20, 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 1,029 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 March 19–20, 2022.]  

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