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Opinion poll & results from Mainichi Shimbun

  • January 20, 2015
  • , Mainichi
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(Mainichi: January 19, 2015—p. 2)

 

 Questions & answers (%)

 (T = total; P = previous; M = male; F = female)

 

 Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

44

(43)

47

41

No

36

(34)

37

35

Not interested

18

(19)

15

21

 Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the above question) Why?

 

T

P

M

F

Because the prime minister is from the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan

14

(21)

13

16

Because something can be expected of the prime minister’s leadership

27

(26)

25

29

Because something can be expected of the prime minister’s policies

31

(27)

39

24

Because the nature of politics is likely to change

23

(19)

20

25

 Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the above question) Why?

 

T

P

M

F

Because the prime minister is from the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan

2

(4)

1

2

Because nothing can be expected of the prime minister’s leadership

4

(6)

4

5

Because nothing can be expected of the prime minister’s policies

56

(50)

61

51

Because the nature of politics is unlikely to change

36

(38)

32

40

 Q: Which political party do you support?

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

31

(35)

34

28

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto)

8

(8)

9

6

Japan Innovation Party (JIP or Ishinnoto)

7

(6)

7

6

Komeito (K or Komeito)

4

(4)

1

6

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4

(5)

4

4

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

(1)

2

1

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

1

(1)

1

0

Party for Future Generations (PFG or Jisedainoto)

0

(1)

0

0

Sunrise Party (SP or Taiyonoto)

Assembly to Energize Japan (AEJ or Nippon o Genkinisurukai)

0

0

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

(–)

Other answers (O/A)

6

(6)

5

7

None of the above (NOTA)

36

(30)

35

38

 Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is thinking of releasing a statement in the summer of this year upon the 70th anniversary of the end of the past war. In this regard, he has vowed to adopt former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama’s standpoint that reflected on and apologized for Japan’s past colonial rule and aggression. What do you think about this?

 

T

P

M

F

He should adopt Murayama’s standpoint

50

51

48

He does not need to do so

34

39

30

 Q: The government will bring a bill before the Diet at its session starting in January. The legislation will allow Japan to exercise the right of collective self-defense. Do you approve of using the right of collective self-defense?

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

37

48

28

No

50

46

53

 Q: Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Sendai Nuclear Power Plant in Kagoshima Prefecture is expected to be allowed to restart currently offline nuclear reactors in the spring of this year. Do you approve of resuming operations at the nuclear power plant?

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

36

45

27

No

54

47

59

 Q: Prime Minister Abe says he wants to help deepen the people’s understanding for his initiative to amend the Constitution of Japan. Do you think the public’s understanding for constitutional reform has deepened?

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

17

18

17

No

76

77

74

 Q: Do you think the Abe government’s “Abenomics” economic policy measures have worked well for the nation’s local economies?

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

6

6

5

No

86

86

86

 Q: Do you feel the gap between the haves and have-nots has widened in Japan?

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

70

70

70

No

23

23

22

 Q: The DPJ is now in the process of electing its new president. Do you have high expectations for the DPJ as the leading opposition party?

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

38

37

38

No

56

59

54

 Q: The DPJ’s presidential election focused on realigning opposition parties. How do you think the opposition parties should realign themselves?

 

T

P

M

F

Centering on the DPJ

12

12

12

All opposition parties

61

63

59

No need to realign

16

18

15

 Q: A group of terrorists attacked a French newspaper publishing company that carried a caricature that satirized Muhammad, Islam’s chief prophet. There is an opinion saying it’s a form of free expression to carry the caricature. On the other hand, there is also an opinion saying it blasphemy against the beliefs of Islam. What do you think about the newspaper’s publication of this caricature?

 

T

P

M

F

No problem

33

39

28

It should not have published the caricature

52

49

54

 (Note) Figures rounded off. “0” indicates that the figure was below 0.5%, and “–” denotes that no respondents answered. “No answer” omitted. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the last survey conducted Dec. 9-10.

 

 Polling methodology: The survey was conducted Jan. 17-18 over the telephone across the nation on a computer-aided random digit sampling (RDS) basis. The survey excluded telephone numbers in municipalities designated as “difficult-to-return” zones due to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. A total of 1,636 households with one or more eligible voters were sampled. Answers were obtained from 1,012 persons (62%).

 

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