A poll conducted by Japanese public broadcaster NHK has found that 77% of respondents believe the already delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics should be canceled or postponed further.
Some 38% said the Games should be completely canceled and 39% believe they should be postponed for a second time.
Only 16% of respondents said they believed the Games should go ahead this summer.
NHK conducted the survey from January 9 to 11 by randomly telephoning people aged 18 or over. A total of 1,278 people responded, or 59% of those contacted. The survey was conducted using Random Digit Dialing (RDD) -- a method which randomly makes calls to landlines and mobile phones.
The poll results come a few days after Tokyo and its surrounding prefectures were placed under a state of emergency due to rising numbers of Covid-19 infections, which are at their highest levels since the pandemic began.