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Q&A for July 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 July 18 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.

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

Yes -- 32 (36) / M 39 / F 21

No -- 60 (56) / M 55 / F 68

No answer -- 8 (8) / M 6 / F 11

Q: In regards to the response to the novel coronavirus, which do you think the government should place priority on -- infection control measures or economic activities?

Infection control -- 67 / M 65 / F 72

Economic activities -- 15 / M 19 / F 9

Can't say either way -- 17 / 16 / 19

Q: As the number of novel coronavirus infections has been increasing, do you think the Japanese government should declare another state of emergency?

A state of emergency should be declared for the whole country -- 20 / M 22 / F 17

A state of emergency should be declared for limited regions -- 64 / M 61 / F 70

A state of emergency should not be declared -- 12 / M 15 / F 6

Not sure -- 4 / M 3 / F 7

Q: The Japanese government started the "Go To Travel" campaign on July 22, which subsidizes up to half of domestic travel expenses, while excluding trips to and from Tokyo. What do you think about this campaign?

Appropriate -- 19 / M 22 / F 15

The scheme should include Tokyo -- 6 / M 7 / F 5

The whole program should be postponed -- 69 / M 67 / F 72

Not sure -- 6 / M 3/ F 9

Q: Do you have any plans to travel to other prefectures this summer?

Yes -- 20 / M 24 / F 13

No -- 60 / M 55 / F 71

Not decided -- 19 / M 21 / F 16

Q: Do you fear getting infected with the novel coronavirus?

Yes -- 81 / M 80 / F 84

No -- 18 / M 20 / F 15

Already infected -- 0 / M 0 / F 0

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

Positively -- 17 (26) / M 21 / F 10

Negatively -- 60 (51) / M 57 / F 66

Can't say either way -- 22 (22) / M 21 / F 24

Q: Torrential rain disasters have hit various parts of Japan again this year. Do you fear such a disaster could occur in the area where you live?

Yes, fear such a disaster -- 43 / M 46 / F 39

No, do not fear such a disaster -- 40 / M 39 / F 40

Not sure -- 17 / M 14 / F 21

Q: Stores in Japan started charging fees for plastic shopping bags in July. How do you deal with this issue when you go shopping?

Always purchase plastic shopping bags -- 18 / M 23 / F 9

Reuse old plastic shopping bags -- 15 / M 19 / F 8

Bring my own eco-friendly bags -- 67 / M 57 / F 83

Q: The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and the Democratic Party for the People are discussing a merger. What do you think about this?

They should merge -- 30 / M 31 / F 29

They should not merge -- 15 / M 17 / F 13

Not concerned -- 54 / M 52 / F 57

Q: Which political party do you support?

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) -- 29 (31) / M 35 / F 19

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan -- 9 (10) / M 8 / F 10

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

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

Japanese Communist Party -- 5 (6) / M 3 / F 7

Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party) -- 10 (11) / M 11 / F 9

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

Reiwa Shinsengumi -- 3 (3) / M 4 / F 1

NHK Kara Kokumin Wo Mamoru To (The party to protect the people from NHK) -- 0 (1) / M 1 / F -

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

None -- 36 (30) / M 31 / F 45

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Survey method:

The poll was conducted by the Social Survey Research Center and the Mainichi Shimbun on July 18, 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 response 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 735 valid answers were obtained through mobile phones, and 318 through landlines.

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