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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

68.9

(65.9)

No

24.6

(26.7)

Other answers (O/A)

6.6

(7.4)

 

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

 

The prime minister is trustworthy

19.3

(16.7)

Good policies

5.2

(4.6)

He can get things done

20.3

(18.6)

The Cabinet is led by the Liberal Democratic Party

15.9

(21.4)

There is no other good person

38.2

(38.0)

O/A

1.1

(0.8)

 

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

 

The prime minister is untrustworthy

2.7

(3.0)

Bad policies

17.1

(16.2)

He cannot get things done

37.1

(42.2)

The Cabinet is led by the Liberal Democratic Party

35.4

(32.0)

There is another good person

3.5

(4.0)

O/A

4.3

(2.7)

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

40.5

(42.4)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

5.5

(7.3)

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

4.5

(5.6)

Komeito (Komeito)

2.7

(2.5)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1.5

(1.4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2.9

(2.9)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0.4

(1.2)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.3

 (0.5)

NHK Party (NHK To)

0.0

(0.2)

Other political parties

0.5

(1.3)

None of the above (NOTA)

37.5

(30.6)

O/A

3.8

(4.2)

 

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

 

Yes

65.4

(59.5)

No

27.9

(32.7)

O/A

6.7

(7.8)

 

Q: The government is asking people to wear face coverings except (1) when they are outdoors and social distancing is maintained or there is little conversation and (2) when when they are indoors and social distancing is maintained and there is little conversation. Do you approve of this relaxation of policy?

 

Yes

50.7

 

No

44.1

 

O/A

5.2

 

 

Q: The government plans to raise the cap on foreign entries from 10,000 to 20,000 per day from June. Do you think this border control measure should be relaxed in this way?

 

Yes

55.4

 

No

39.3

 

O/A

5.4

 

 

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

 

Yes

65.8

(67.1)

No

22.0

(22.3)

O/A

12.2

(10.7)

 

Q: Should Japan impose sanctions on Russia even if it has a negative impact on the Japanese economy and people’s lives?

 

Yes

73.6

 

No

20.0

 

O/A

6.5

 

 

Q: Do you approve of Prime Minister Kishida’s handling of the skyrocketing of commodity and crude oil prices?

 

Yes

47.0

 

No

40.7

 

O/A

12.3

 

 

Q: Do you think Japan needs to possess enemy base attack capabilities so that it can respond to DPRK ballistic missiles?

 

Yes

64.7

 

No

28.6

 

O/A

6.6

 

 

Q: The LDP has asked the government to increase defense spending from the current 1% of GDP to 2% or more of GDP. What do you think Japan should do?

 

Spending should be increased to 2% or more of GDP

15.1

 

Spending should be increased although it does not have to be to 2% or more of GDP

46.9

 

Spending should be kept at current level

29.8

 

Spending should be decreased from the current level

6.3

 

O/A

2.0

 

 

Q: Yoon Suk-yeol, who values ties with Japan, has taken office as the president of South Korea. Are you hopeful that the bilateral relationship will improve?

 

Very hopeful

15.9

 

Somewhat hopeful

51.5

 

Not very hopeful

18.9

 

Not hopeful at all

11.0

 

O/A

2.6

 

 

Q: Which political party do you plan to vote for in the proportional representation segment of the Upper House election set for July?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

39.2

 

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

7.1

 

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

5.7

 

Komeito (Komeito)

3.2

 

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

2.0

 

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3.2

 

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0.3

 

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.5

 

NHK Party (NHK To)

0.1

 

Other political parties

1.2

 

None of the above (NOTA)

2.0

 

O/A

35.4

 

 

Notes: Parenthesized figures denote the results of the previous survey conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network on April 16–17, 2022. “O/A” for “other answers” is the sum of respondents who said they “don’t know” and those who said they are “unsure.” “NHK Party (NHK To)” was referred to as “NHK Party (Party That Protects People Who Do Not Pay the NHK License Fee (NHK To [NHK Jushinryo wo Harawanai Kokumin wo Mamoru To])” in the April poll.

 

Polling methodology: A total of 1,017 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 May 21–22, 2022.]  

 

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