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Q&A in June 2020 Mainichi poll on Abe Cabinet support, Japan's coronavirus response

This file photo shows the National Diet Building in Tokyo. (Mainichi/Masahiro Kawata)

The following data shows questions and answers from an opinion poll that was conducted on June 20 by the Mainichi Shimbun and the Social Survey Research Center polling firm.

The numbers provided are percentages, with decimals rounded up to the nearest whole number. "0" refers to a percentage below 0.5. "-" means that no response was obtained. The percentages of responses where respondents refused to give answers are omitted.

From left, the percentages show the total, previous survey results in parentheses if available, male (M), and female (F) answers. The previous survey results are from a survey conducted on May 23.

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Q: Do you support the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe?

Yes -- 36 (27) / M 42 / F 29

No -- 56 (64) / M 54 / F 60

No answer -- 8 (10) / M 5 / F 11

Q: The ordinary session of the Diet closed on June 17. There are views that the session should have been extended to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. What do you think?

It was appropriate to end it -- 30 / M 33 / F 26

It should have been extended -- 52 / M 54 / F 50

Not sure -- 18 / M 13 / F 24

Q: The government has lifted a request for people to refrain from traveling between prefectures. How do you feel about this?

It was appropriate -- 55 / M 57 / F 52

It should have been continued -- 32 / M 28 / F 36

Self-restraint was not required in the first place -- 5 / M 6 / F 2

Not sure -- 9 / M 8 / F 10

Q: Have you taken part in an online drinking party since the novel coronavirus started to spread?

Yes -- 22 / M 23 / F 19

No -- 78 / M 77 / F 80

Q: Have you held an online meeting since the start of the coronavirus outbreak?

Yes -- 34 / M 42 / F 21

No -- 66 / M 57 / F 79

Q: Are you concerned about actions of others who go out without wearing masks or go to places with many people?

Very concerned -- 36 / M 34 / F 38

Concerned to some extent -- 50 / M 48 / F 53

Not very concerned -- 12 / M 15 / F 7

Not at all concerned -- 2 / M 3 / F 1

Q: Do you feel concerned about Japan's medical and testing systems in relation to COVID-19?

Yes -- 50 / M 48 / F 53

No -- 29 / M 32 / F 25

Can't say either way -- 20 / M 19 / F 22

Q: How do you evaluate the Abe administration's response to the novel coronavirus issue?

Positively -- 26 (20) / M 30 / F 21

Negatively -- 51 (59) / M 50 / F 53

Can't say either way -- 22 (21) / M 21 / F 25

Q: Do you think it will be possible to hold the Olympic and Paralympic Games next year?

Yes -- 21 / M 23 / F 18

No -- 59 / M 60 / F 58

Not sure -- 20 / M 17 / F 24

Q: Who do you think is appropriate to be governor of Tokyo?

Yukio Koike -- 51 / M 46 / F 60

Kenji Utsunomiya -- 10 / M 10 / F 10

Taisuke Ono -- 7 / M 8 / F 5

Taro Yamamoto -- 8 / M 10 / F 4

Takashi Tachibana -- 2 / M 3 / F 0

Other -- 8 / M 10 / F 5

Not interested -- 14 / M 13 / F 14

Q: Former Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai and his wife Anri, a House of Councillors member, were arrested on suspicion of violating the Public Offices Election Act. Do you think Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bears a heavy responsibility for this?

It is heavy -- 59 / M 56 / F 64

It cannot be deemed heavy -- 32 / M 37 / F 24

Not sure -- 9 / M 6 / F 12

Q: Which political party do you support?

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) -- 31 (25) / M 35 / F 26

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan -- 10 (12) / M 10 / F 10

Democratic Party for the People -- 2 (1) / M 3 / F 1

Komeito (the LDP's coalition partner) -- 4 (4) / M 3 / F 5

Japanese Communist Party -- 6 (7) / M 5 / F 8

Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party) -- 11 (11) / M 14 / F 7

Social Democratic Party -- 1 (1) / M 1 / F 2

Reiwa Shinsengumi -- 3 (1) / M 3 / F 2

NHK Kara Kokumin Wo Mamoru To (The party to protect the people from NHK) -- 1 (1) / M 2 / F -

Other -- 1 (1) / M 1 / F 0

None -- 30 (36) / M 25 / F 38

Survey method:

The poll was conducted by the Social Survey Research Center and the Mainichi Shimbun on June 20, targeting respondents aged 18 and over. A random digit sampling method was used to generate phone numbers (both landlines and cell phones) randomly by computer, and automated interactive voice technology was used to call those numbers. For mobile phones, people who agreed to participate in the survey were sent a text message providing a link to an answer form. For landlines, people were asked to press numbers to respond to questions. After setting a target of 700 responses on mobile phones and 300 on landlines, a total of 777 valid answers were obtained through mobile phones, and 307 through landlines.

The Social Survey Research Center was formed in April by the Mainichi Shimbun, Saitama University professor Masao Matsumoto, who specializes in political awareness theory, and telephone survey company Green Ship Co.

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