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Opinion poll & results from Asahi Shimbun

  • January 16, 2015
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(Asahi: January 20, 2015—p. 4)

 

 Questions & answers (%)

 Figures rounded off. Bracketed figures denote proportions to all respondents, with parenthesized figures denoting the results of the previous survey taken Dec. 15-16 last year.

 

 Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

42

(43)

No

37

(34)

 

Q: Why or why not? (One reason only. Left column for those who answered “yes” on previous question, and right for those who said “no.”)

 

The prime minister is Mr. Abe

10[4]

6[2]

It’s a Liberal Democratic Party of Japan-led cabinet

24[10]

26[9]

Policies

42[17]

56[21]

No particular reason

20[8]

9[3]

 Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the foregoing question) Do you think you will continue to support the Abe cabinet, or do you think you will not necessarily continue to do so?

 

Continue to support the Abe cabinet

42[17]

Not necessarily continue to support the Abe cabinet

53[22]

 Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the foregoing question) Do you think you will continue to not support the Abe cabinet, or do you think you may support the Abe cabinet in the future?

 

Continue to not support the Abe cabinet

53[20]

May support the Abe cabinet in the future

39[14]

 

Q: Which political party do you support now?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

33

(35)

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto)

9

(7)

Japan Innovation Party (JIP or Nippon Ishinnoto)

3

(4)

Komeito (K or Komeito)

4

(4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4

(4)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

(1)

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

0

(0)

Party for Future Generations (PFG or Jisedainoto)

0

(0)

Sunrise Party (SP or Taiyonoto)

0

(–)

Assembly to Energize Japan (AEJ or Nippon o Genkinisurukai)

0

(–)

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

0

(0)

Other political parties

1

(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

38

(33)

No answer (N/A) + don’t know (D/K)

7

(12)

 Q: Do you think Japan’s economy can be expected to grow with Prime Minister Abe’s economic policy measures?

 

Yes

36

No

42

 Q: Do you think the economy of big cities has improved, worsened, or remains unchanged over the past two years?

 

Improved

26

Worsened

12

Unchanged

51

 Q: Do you think the economies of local regions have improved, worsened, or remain unchanged over the past two years?

 

Improved

6

Worsened

33

Unchanged

53

 Q: Do you think Prime Minister Abe’s economic policy measures will lead to the recovery of local economies?

 

Yes

25

No

53

 Q: Would you like the DPJ to recover as a political party that can vie with the LDP?

 

Yes

61

No

30

 Q: Do you think the DPJ should join forces with other opposition parties?

 

Yes

38

No

43

 Q: Do you approve of lowering the voting age for elections from 20 to 18?

 

Yes

45

No

41

 Q: Generally speaking, do you think people turning 18 can judge who and which political party to vote for?

 

Yes

46

No

40

 Q: Do you think the turnout of young voters will rise if the voting age is lowered from 20 to 18?

 

Yes

30

No

58

 Polling methodology: The survey was conducted Jan. 17-18 over the telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis. Respondents were chosen from among the nation’s voting population on a three-stage random-sampling basis (excluding some districts in Fukushima Prefecture). Households with one or more eligible voters totaled 3,862. Valid answers were obtained from 1,890 persons (49%).

 

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