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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

62.4

(63.7)

No

30.9

(30.2)

Other answers (O/A)

6/7

(6.1)

 

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

 

The prime minister is trustworthy

20.4

(13.8)

Good policies

3.8

(5.2)

He can get things done

11.6

(19.9)

The Cabinet is led by the Liberal Democratic Party

24.4

(15.5)

There is no other good person

39.5

(44.6)

O/A

0.3

(0.9)

 

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

 

The prime minister is untrustworthy

4.7

(4.3)

Bad policies

16.6

(16.1)

He cannot get things done

33.3

(39.8)

The Cabinet is led by the Liberal Democratic Party

40.9

(32.7)

There is another good person

3.4

(4.2)

O/A

1.1

(2.8)

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

42.1

(37.9)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

7.0

(4.1)

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

7.9

(5.6)

Komeito (Komeito)

3.7

(4.6)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

2.0

(1.4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2.6

(2.2)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

2.0

(0.7)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.5

 (0.4)

NHK Party (NHK To)

0.5

(0.4)

Sanseito (Sanseito)

1.7

 

Other political parties

0.2

(1.1)

None of the above (NOTA)

28.1

(38.9)

O/A

1.8

(2.5)

 

Q: Which of the following is closest to your views on the results of the Upper House election?

 

It would have been better if the ruling parties had won more seats

10.6

 

It would have been better if the opposition parties had won more seats

45.6

 

The results are just as I had hoped

40.3

 

O/A

3.6

 

 

Q: As a result of the Upper House election, pro-amendment forces maintained a two-thirds majority in the house. Would you like to see debate on constitutional amendment move forward further?

 

Yes

69.3

 

No

21.3

 

O/A

9.4

 

 

Q: What policies would you like to see the Kishida Cabinet focus on in particular? (two responses permitted)

 

COVID countermeasures

22.6

 

Measures to address the rise in prices

36.8

 

Economy and jobs

31.8

 

Pensions, healthcare, and nursing care

30.7

 

Administrative reform and fiscal reconstruction

12.0

 

Foreign policy and security

16.3

 

Childrearing support and measures to address the decline in the birthrate

22.4

 

Environment and energy policy

11.2

 

Constitutional amendment

8.6

 

Other policy

0.9

 

O/A

1.6

 

 

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

 

Yes

49.2

(65.4)

No

42.2

(28.2)

O/A

8.6

(6.4)

 

Q: Prime Minister Kishida says he is not considering introducing new restrictions on people’s movements at present as a way to address the rise in COVID cases. Do you approve of this stance?

 

Yes

53.7

 

No

40.9

 

O/A

5.4

 

 

Q: Are you concerned about a “seventh wave” of COVID?

 

Yes

70.3

 

No

29.0

 

O/A

0.7

 

 

Q: Do you plan to take a trip and/or to return to your hometown this summer?

 

I will return to my hometown

9.5

 

I will take a trip

13.4

 

I will both take a trip and return to my hometown

7.4

 

I will neither take a trip nor return to my hometown

68.8

 

O/A

0.8

 

 

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

 

Yes

16.7

 

No

75.7

 

O/A

7.6

 

 

Q: The government has decided to hold a state funeral for former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and to fully fund it. Do you approve of this decision?

 

Yes

31.0

 

Generally yes

19.1

 

Generally no

14.8

 

No

32.1

 

O/A

3.1

 

 

Notes: Parenthesized figures denote the results of the previous survey conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network on June 18–19, 2022. “O/A” for “other answers” is the sum of respondents who said they “don’t know” and those that said they are “unsure.” Sanseito (Sanseito) was added to the list of political parties because it fulfilled the requirements for recognition as a political party in the Upper House election held earlier this month.

 

Polling methodology: A total of 1,138 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 July 23–24, 2022.]  

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