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Opinion poll & results from Sankei Shimbun

  • 2015-01-28 15:00:00
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(Sankei: January 27, 2015 – p. 5)

 

 Questions &answers (%)

 

 Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

51.4

(50.3)

No

34.4

(33.8)

Other answers (O/A)

4.2

(15.9)

 Q: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

39.4

(44.6)

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto)

11.2

(11.4)

Japan Innovation Party (JIP or Ishinnoto)

7.6

(7.0)

Komeito (K or Komeito)

3.7

(3.4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3.9

(5.7)

Party for Future Generations (PFG or Jisedainoto)

0.5

(0.2)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.6

(0.8)

People’s Life Party with Taro Yamamoto & Friends (PLP/TYF or Seikatsunoto to Yamamoto Taro to Nakamatachi)

0.9

(0.3)

Assembly to Energize Japapn (AEJ or Nippon o Genkinisurukai)

0

(–)

Sunrise Party (SP or Taiyonoto)

0

(–)

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

0.1

(0)

Other political parties

0.7

(1.8)

None of the above (NOTA)

30.9

(23.2)

O/A

0.5

(1.6)

 Q: Do you approve of the Abe cabinet on the following points?

 

 Prime Minister Abe’s personal character

Yes

63.5

(56.1)

No

26.1

(25.7)

O/A

10.4

(18.2)

 Prime Minister Abe’s leadership

Yes

56.9

(53.9)

No

32.5

(26.9)

O/A

10.6

(19.2)

 Economic policy measures

Yes

35.2

(30.5)

No

54.1

(46.9)

O/A

10.7

(22.6)

 Social security policy

Yes

25.9

(26.6)

No

61.5

(51.0)

O/A

12.6

(22.4)

 Foreign, security policies

Yes

42.0

(37.8)

No

43.8

(36.9)

O/A

14.2

(25.3)

 Q: A group, believed to be the “Islamic State,” is holding two Japanese nationals and has threatened to kill them unless the government pays a ransom of 200 million dollars (approximately 23.6 billion yen) within 72 hours. Do you think the government should pay the ransom as demanded by the group to ensure the hostages’ safety?

 

Yes

18.8

No

67.3

O/A

13.9

 Q: On the hostage crisis, the government has worked with countries concerned and continued its efforts for the release of the two Japanese hostages, while showing its stance of not succumbing to terrorism. Do you think the government’s efforts are sufficient?

 

Yes

58.9

No

26.8

O/A

14.3

 Q: In response to the hostage crisis, the government has raised the antiterror alert level in Japan. Do you fear that Islamic extreme radicals could soon launch terrorist attacks in Japan?

 

Yes

52.5

No

41.7

O/A

5.8

 Q: In France, a newspaper-publishing company, which carried a caricature of Muhammad, an Islamic prophet, was attacked by a group of terrorists. The attacked publisher carried another caricature of Muhammad in its first newspaper published after the attack. What do you think about this?

 

No problem

24.2

It shouldn’t have done it

60.3

O/A

15.5

 Q: Prime Minister Abe will release a statement this year to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the war. In this regard, the prime minister has indicated that he will uphold the standpoint of Prime Minister Murayama’s statement that reflected on and apologized for colonial rule and aggression in the past. Do you approve of this thinking?

 

Yes

61.8

No

22.0

O/A

16.2

 Q: Do you have a tangible sense of economic recovery under the Abe administration?

 

Yes

16.3

No

78.2

O/A

5.5

 Q: Do you think the Abe administration’s “Abenomics” economic policy has succeeded?

 

Yes

22.4

No

61.3

O/A

16.3

 Q: Do you think Japan is now a society with a wider gap between rich and poor?

 

Yes

77.7

No

16.2

O/A

6.1

 Q: The DPJ elected Katsuya Okada to its presidency in its recent special convention. Do you have high expectations for him as DPJ president?

 

Yes

35.6

No

56.8

O/A

7.6

 Q: Do you approve of DPJ President Okada’s appointment of the following party executives?

 

 Yukio Edano staying on as Secretary General

Yes

48.1

No

31.2

O/A

20.7

 Former Secretary General Goshi Hosono as Policy Research Council chair

Yes

52.7

No

27.1

O/A

20.2

 Former Health, Labour & Welfare Minister Akira Nagatsuma as “Acting President”

Yes

50.3

No

29.6

O/A

20.1

 Former Administrative Reform Minister Renho as “Acting President”

Yes

39.2

No

43.4

O/A

17.4

 Q: Do you have high expectations for the DPJ’s new executive lineup?

 

Yes

30.3

No

54.5

O/A

15.2

 Q: Do you think there should be an opposition party that can replace the LDP to run the government?

 

Yes

70.8

(55.4)

No

23.0

(33.8)

O/A

6.2

(10.8)

 Q: Do you hope the DPJ will return to power someday?

 

Yes

35.6

(32.0)

No

58.1

(57.5)

O/A

6.3

(10.5)

 Q: Do you hope for a realignment of opposition parties?

 

Yes

57.7

(49.7)

No

34.8

(37.0)

O/A

7.5

(13.3)

 (Note) Parenthesized figures denote the results of the last survey conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network (FNN) on Dec. 24-25 last year. “O/A” for “other answers” denotes “don’t know,” “can’t say,” etc.

 

 Polling methodology: The survey was conducted Jan. 24-25 by the Sankei Shimbun and FNN over the telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis. For the survey, a total of 1,000 people were sampled from among men and women, aged 20 and over, across the nation.

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