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Kishida Cabinet support rate steady at 60% range, 50.1% support state funeral for Abe, Sankei-FNN poll

According to the nationwide public opinion poll jointly conducted by Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network (FNN) on July 23–24, 2022, support for the Kishida Cabinet is 62.4%, down 1.3 percentage points from the previous poll taken on June 18–19. The Cabinet has enjoyed backing in the 60% range for ten consecutive months since the inauguration of the Kishida administration. Meanwhile, 30.9% said that they do not support the cabinet, up 0.7 points from the June poll.


Respondents were split on the government’s decision to hold a state funeral for former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, who was shot dead while giving a stump speech for the Upper House election. A total of 50.1% of pollees said they either “approved” or “generally approved” of the decision, while a total of 46.9% said that they either “disapprove” or “generally disapprove.”


Forces amenable to revision of the Constitution won over two-thirds of the seats in the Upper House in the recent election. Some 69.3% of respondents said that they would like to see debate on constitutional amendment move forward, while 21.3% said they did not back such a move.


The ruling parties won the majority of seats up for grabs in the recent election. Some 45.6% of respondents said they “would have preferred for the opposition parties to have taken more seats,” making this the most frequently given response. Some 40.3% said “the results were just as they had hoped,” and 10.6% said that they “wanted to see the ruling parties take more seats.”


A plurality of 75.7% of respondents said they disapprove of the government’s measures to address the current rise in commodity prices. Pollees said they wanted to see the Kishida Cabinet to focus on the following policies in particular: “Measures to address the rise in prices” (36.8%); “economy and jobs” (31.8%); “pensions, healthcare, and nursing care” (30.7%); and “COVID countermeasures” (22.6%).


Some 70.3% of respondents said they are concerned about a “seventh wave” of COVID-19, and 68.8% of pollees said that they “will neither take a trip nor return to the hometown this summer.” Only 49.2% of respondents said they approve of the government’s COVID countermeasures, down dramatically from the previous poll (65.4%).


[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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