(Asahi: January 20, 2015 – p. 1)
The Asahi Shimbun conducted a telephone-based public opinion survey across the nation on Jan. 17 and 18. In the survey, respondents were asked whether they think Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic policy measures will lead to a turnaround of regional economies. In response to this question, “yes” accounted for a total of only 25%, while “no” totaled 53%. Abe has said he “would like to deliver the results of economic recovery to every corner of the country.” However, the survey results showed that the public’s expectations are not high.
Abe has given top priority to economic stimulus measures since he returned to power in December 2012. When asked about the economies of big cities and rural areas over the past two years, however, “unchanged” accounted for a total of 50% both in the case of big cities and in the case of rural areas. In the case of big cities, “improved” outnumbered “worsened” at 26% and 12%. In the case of local regions, however, “worsened” outnumbered “improved” at 33% and 6%.
The Abe cabinet’s support rate was 42% (43% in a survey shortly after the general election for the House of Representatives in mid-December last year), with its nonsupport rate at 37% (34% in a survey shortly after the general election for the House of Representatives in mid-December last year). (Abridged)