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Opinion poll & results from Tokyo Shimbun

  • 2015-01-28 15:00:00
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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(Tokyo Shimbun: January 27, 2015 – p. 6)

 

 The results of a telephone-based spot public opinion survey, which was conducted by Kyodo News across the nation on Dec. 25, are as follows:

 

 Questions & answers (%)

 (Figures in parentheses are the results of the last survey conducted Dec. 24-25.)

 

 Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

52.8

(53.5)

No

31.9

(34.9)

Don’t know (D/K) + no answer (N/A)

15.3

(11.6)

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the previous question) What’s the primary reason for your approval of the Abe cabinet? Pick only one from among the reasons listed below.

 

The prime minister is trustworthy

12.6

(16.8)

Because it’s a coalition cabinet of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and the Komeito party

18.1

(15.4)

The prime minister has leadership ability

9.3

(8.3)

Something can be expected of its economic policies

13.6

(17.3)

Something can be expected of its foreign policy

7.5

(4.1)

Something can be expected of its political reforms

1.3

(3.2)

Something can be expected of its tax reforms

1.2

(2.0)

Something can be expected of its administrative reforms

2.4

(1.3)

There’s no other appropriate person [for prime minister]

32.1

(29.7)

Other answers (O/A)

0.6

(1.3)

D/K+N/A

1.3

(0.6)

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the first question) What’s the primary reason for your disapproval of the Abe cabinet? Pick only one from among the reasons listed below.

 

The prime minister is untrustworthy

13.9

(13.7)

Because it’s a coalition cabinet of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and the New Komeito

11.9

(13.0)

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

2.2

(2.8)

Nothing can be expected of its economic policies

23.8

(31.9)

Nothing can be expected of its foreign policy

5.5

(3.8)

Nothing can be expected of its political reforms

13.4

(10.9)

Nothing can be expected of its tax reforms

9.2

(6.1)

Nothing can be expected of its administrative reforms

7.3

(5.7)

Don’t like the prime minister’s personal character

8.2

(6.5)

O/A

2.6

(4.8)

D/K+N/A

2.0

(0.8)

 Q: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

39.6

(40.5)

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto)

8.1

(11.2)

Japan Innovation Party (JIP or Ishinnoto)

3.7

(9.0)

Komeito (K or Komeito)

4.4

(3.8)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4.8

(6.5)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.9

(1.9)

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

0.2

Party for Future Generations (PFG or Jisedainoto)

0.2

(1.0)

Sunrise Party (SP or Taiyonoto)

Assembly to Energize Japan (AEJ or Nippon o Genkinisurukai)

0.1

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

(0.1)

Other political parties, groups

0.1

(0.4)

None of the above (NOTA)

36.5

(24.1)

D/K+N/A

1.4

(1.5)

 Q: A group, which is believed to be a faction of extreme radicals called the “Islamic State,” has taken two Japanese nationals as hostages. Do you approve of the government’s response to the hostage crisis?

 

Yes

13.9

Somewhat

46.7

Not really

20.0

No

11.2

D/K+N/A

8.2

 Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is thinking of submitting a package of security-related legislative measures to the Diet at its ordinary session starting this month. This legislation is for Japan to exercise the right of collective self-defense. What do you think about this?

 

It’s appropriate

21.0

(24.3)

The government should take time

50.7

(54.3)

There’s no need for such legislation

20.6

(14.3)

D/K+N/A

7.7

(7.1)

 Q: The Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives, or “JA Zenchu” for short, is currently authorized under a law to oversee local agricultural cooperatives across the nation. In this regard, the government is now thinking of restructuring the nation’s agricultural cooperative system through such legislative measures as repealing JA Zenchu’s oversight authority over local entities. Do you approve of this agricultural cooperative reform?

 

Yes

52.2

No

26.0

D/K+N/A

21.8

 Q: The DPJ has now elected former Deputy Prime Minister Katsuya Okada to its presidency. Do you have high expectations for him as the DPJ’s new president?

 

Yes

34.4

No

54.1

D/K+N/A

11.5

 Polling methodology: The survey was conducted across the nation on Jan 25 by Kyodo News on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis. However, the survey excluded some areas in Fukushima Prefecture. Among randomly generated telephone numbers, those actually for household use with one or more eligible voters totaled 1,153. Answers were obtained from 814 persons.

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