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57% approve of govt’s handling of Russian invasion of Ukraine, Sankei-FNN poll

  • March 22, 2022
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By Chiba Tomoyuki

 

According to the nationwide public opinion poll jointly conducted by Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network (FNN) on March 19–20, a total of 57.6% of respondents approve of Prime Minister Kishida Fumio’s handling of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, easily exceeding the 29.0% of respondents who said they disapprove. Not only did Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Komeito supporters approve of the Prime Minister’s response to the crisis, but the majority of the supporters of the main opposition party and independents did as well.

 

Respondents approving of Kishida’s response by party supported were as follows: LDP, 64.9%; Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, 53.5%; Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party), 61.2%; Komeito, 77.2%; independents, 52.6%.

 

Over 60% of respondents think the sanctions Japan is taking will be effective while over 30% think they will not be. Asked for their views on the effectiveness of the economic sanctions on Russia, 6.1% said the measures will be “very effective” while 58.8% said they will be “somewhat effective.” Some 28.7% said they will “not be very effective” and 3.1% said they will “not be effective at all.”

 

The majority of those disapproving of Prime Minister Kishida’s handling of the Ukraine invasion, however, thought that the sanctions will not be effective with 43.6% saying that they will “not be very effective” and 7.2% saying they will “not be effective at all.”

 

The survey also probed views on whether Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will lead to China’s attempting to forcibly take Taiwan and the Senkakus (Ishigaki City, Okinawa Prefecture). A full 41.7% of respondents said they are “very concerned” about a China crisis and 42.5% said they are “somewhat concerned.” Meanwhile, 10.7% said they are “not very concerned” and 2.6% said they are “not concerned at all.”

 

By age group, the higher the age group, the higher the percentage of respondents concerned about a China crisis. Some 51.8% of those age 70 or over said they are “very concerned” about a crisis, almost double the percentage of those age 18–29 gave that response (27.2%). The results for other age groups are as follows: Sixties, 43.9%; fifties, 43.9%; forties, 38.5%; thirties, 36.4%.

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