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Opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

Asterisks indicate that the choices were read aloud to the respondent. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted July 11–12, 2022.

 

Q: Do you support the Kishida Cabinet?

 

Yes

57(65)

No

32(24)

Other answers (O/A)

4(5)

No answer (N/A)

7(6)

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the foregoing question) Select only one from among the following six reasons for your approval of the Kishida Cabinet.*

 

Something can be expected of its policy measures

11

The prime minister has leadership ability

5

The prime minister is trustworthy

18

The Cabinet’s lineup is good

2

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

20

Because there is no one else who is suitable to be prime minister

44

O/A

0

N/A

1

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the foregoing question) Select only one from among the following six reasons for your disapproval of the Kishida Cabinet.*

 

Nothing can be expected of its policy measures

23

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

18

The prime minister is untrustworthy

9

The Cabinet’s lineup is not good

10

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

30

Because there are other people who are suitable to be prime minister

5

O/A

1

N/A

3

 

Q: Which political party do you support now? Name only one.

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

38(44)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

6(6)

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

5(8)

Komeito (Komeito)

3(5)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(2)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1(1)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1(2)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1(1)

NHK Party (NHK To)

1(0)

Sanseito (Sanseito)

2(2)

O/A

0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

36(25)

N/A

3(3)

 

Q: Do you approve of the Japanese government’s handling of COVID-19 so far?

 

Yes

52

No

41

N/A

7

 

Q: Do you think disease prevention or economic activities should be prioritized in addressing the spread of COVID-19?

 

Disease prevention

45

Economic activities

46

Can’t say either way

7

N/A

2

 

Q: Are you in favor of or opposed to downgrading the legal classification of COVID-19 to something similar to that of seasonal flu?

 

In favor

64

Opposed

31

N/A

5

 

Q: Are you concerned that you may become ill with COVID-19 and develop a serious case of the disease? Select one from the following four.*

 

Very concerned

14

Somewhat concerned

41

Not very concerned

32

Not concerned at all

12

N/A

1

 

Q: Do you plan to travel this summer? Select one from the following three.*

 

Yes

17

No

73

I have already traveled

9

N/A

0

 

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

 

Yes

22

No

71

N/A

7

 

Q: During the campaign period for the Upper House election, many candidates released political campaign broadcasts that contained content unrelated to policy. Do you think the political campaign broadcast system need to be revised?

 

Yes  

74

No

17

N/A

9

 

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

 

Yes

49

No

46

N/A

5

 

Q: It has been revealed that multiple Diet members from the Liberal Democratic Party as well as other political parties have received support and contributions from the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (former Unification Church) for their election campaigns. Do you think the political parties and Diet members are fulfilling their responsibility to explain their ties to the former Unification Church?

 

Yes

8

No

87

N/A

5

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on Aug. 5–7, 2022, on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis and targeted voters aged 18 or over with calls placed to landline and mobile phone numbers. Valid responses were received from a total of 1,035 persons, including 420 persons (out of the 708 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 615 persons (out of the 1,471 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 59% for landline numbers and 42% for mobile numbers. Figures are rounded off. In some graphs and charts, the total percentage may not add up to 100%. “0” indicates that the figure was below 0.5%, and “–” denotes that no respondents gave that answer.

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