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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

63.7

(68.9)

No

30.2

(24.6)

Other answers (O/A)

6.1

(6.6)

 

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

 

The prime minister is trustworthy

13.8

(19.3)

Good policies

5.2

(5.2)

He can get things done

19.9

(20.3)

The Cabinet is led by the Liberal Democratic Party

15.5

(15.9)

There is no other good person

44.6

(38.2)

O/A

0.9

(1.1)

 

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

 

The prime minister is untrustworthy

4.3

(2.7)

Bad policies

16.1

(17.1)

He cannot get things done

39.8

(37.1)

The Cabinet is led by the Liberal Democratic Party

32.7

(35.4)

There is another good person

4.2

(3.5)

O/A

2.8

(4.3)

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

37.9

(40.5)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

4.1

(5.5)

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

5.6

(4.5)

Komeito (Komeito)

4.6

(2.7)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1.4

(1.5)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2.2

(2.9)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0.7

(0.4)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.4

 (0.3)

NHK Party (NHK To)

0.4

(0.0)

Other political parties

1.1

(0.5)

None of the above (NOTA)

38.9

(37.5)

O/A

2.5

(3.8)

 

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

 

Yes

65.4

(65.4)

No

28.2

(27.9)

O/A

6.4

(6.7)

 

Q: The government is gradually relaxing COVID-related border-control measures and has started to accept foreigners on package tours. Do you approve of this policy?

 

Yes

67.0

 

No

28.6

 

O/A

4.4

 

 

Q: The government plans to expand the travel destinations covered by the travel discount program known as “kenmin wari” to include anywhere in the nation. Do you approve of this?

 

Yes

67.1

 

No

27.8

 

O/A

5.1

 

 

Q: Do you approve of the government’s handling of the rise in commodity prices?

 

Yes

51.6

 

No

42.7

 

O/A

5.7

 

 

Q: Prime Minister Kishida has put forward the asset-income doubling plan and intends to enhance tax breaks when investments are made in stocks, investment trusts, or the like. Do you approve of this?

 

Yes

42.8

 

No

48.3

 

O/A

8.8

 

 

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

 

Yes

63.2

(65.8)

No

25.5

(22.0)

O/A

11.2

(12.2)

 

Q: Prime Minister Kishida has announced that Japan will considerably increase its defense spending. How should this be funded? Select the item below that is closest to your thinking.

 

Japan should increase defense spending even if it means raising taxes

9.5

 

Japan should increase defense spending by issuing government bonds, which will become national debt

11.5

 

Japan should increase spending by changing how it uses its current revenues

51.7

 

Japan should not increase defense spending

25.3

 

O/A

2.0

 

 

Q: What policies will you weigh heavily in deciding how to vote in next month’s Upper House election? (multiple responses permitted)

 

COVID countermeasures

12.2

 

Measures to address the rise in prices

38.9

 

Economy and jobs

33.4

 

Pensions, healthcare, and nursing care

32.3

 

Administrative reform and fiscal reconstruction

11.2

 

Foreign policy and security

12.3

 

Childrearing support and measures to address the decline in the birthrate

29.6

 

Environment and energy policy

12.4

 

Constitutional amendment

9.6

 

Other policy

1.0

 

O/A

1.9

 

 

Q: Which political party and what political party’s candidates do you plan to vote for in the proportional representation segment of the Upper House election?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

30.1

 

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

5.3

 

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

4.9

 

Komeito (Komeito)

5.0

 

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1.9

 

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2.4

 

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0.7

 

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.4

 

NHK Party (NHK To)

0.2

 

Other political parties

1.7

 

I do not plan to vote

2.6

 

O/A

44.8

 

 

Notes: Parenthesized figures denote the results of the previous survey conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network on May 21–22, 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 1,065 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 June 18–19, 2022.]  

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