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Opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

  • 2015-02-09 15:00:00
  • , Yomiuri
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(Yomiuri: February 8, 2015—p. 7)

 

 Questions & answers (%)

 

 Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

58

No

34

Other answers (O/A)

2

No answer (N/A)

6

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the foregoing question) Pick only one from among the following reasons for your approval of the Abe cabinet.

 

Something can be expected of its policy measures

11

The prime minister has leadership ability

17

The prime minister is trustworthy

9

The cabinet’s lineup is good

2

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party of Japan-led government

15

Because it’s better than its predecessors

42

O/A

N/A

4

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the foregoing question) Pick only one from among the following reasons for your disapproval of the Abe cabinet.

 

Nothing can be expected of its policy measures

31

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

5

The prime minister is untrustworthy

26

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

5

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party of Japan-led government

25

Because its predecessors were better

4

O/A

0

N/A

4

 

Q: Which political party do you support now? Pick only one.

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

42

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto)

11

Japan Innovation Party (JIP or Ishinnoto)

2

Komeito (K or Komeito)

3

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

0

Party for Future Generations (PFG or Jisedainoto)

0

Sunrise Party (SP or Taiyonoto)

0

Assembly to Energize Japan (AEJ or Nippon o Genkinisurukai)

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

0

Other political parties

0

None of the above (NOTA)

35

N/A

1

 Q: Do you approve of the Abe cabinet’s economic policy?

 

Yes

46

No

42

N/A

11

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

 

Yes

16

No

79

N/A

4

 Q: The Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives, “JA-Zenchu” for short, is currently authorized to audit and give guidance to local agricultural cooperatives it controls. In order to restructure the nation’s agricultural cooperatives, the Abe cabinet plans to abolish this authority vested in JA-Zenchu. Do you approve of this farm cooperative reform plan?

 

Yes

40

No

32

N/A

28

 Q: The Abe cabinet will approve resuming operations at currently offline nuclear power plants after their safety is verified. Do you approve of this course of action?

 

Yes

39

No

52

N/A

9

 Q: The “Islamic State,” an Islamic extremist group, took Japanese nationals as hostage. Do you think the Japanese government’s response to the hostage incident was appropriate?

 

Yes

55

No

32

N/A

13

 Q: Prime Minister Abe plans to further expand the scope of Japan’s humanitarian aid, including food and medical supplies, to Middle East nations against the Islamic State. Do you approve of this plan?

 

Yes

63

No

26

N/A

11

 Q: The government advises Japanese nationals not to travel to dangerous areas overseas. In this regard, there’s an opinion saying Japanese nationals who travel overseas to dangerous areas and become involved in a terrorist attack or in an incident bear ultimate responsibility themselves. Do you agree with this opinion?

 

Yes

83

No

11

N/A

6

 Q: Do you think Japanese nationals overseas are now even more likely to be targeted by terrorists?

 

Yes

81

No

14

N/A

5

 Q: Prime Minister Abe will release a statement this summer to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the war. He says he will uphold his predecessors’ statements on the whole. Do you think the new statement should express self-reflection on or apologies for colonial rule and aggression in the past?

 

Yes

44

No

34

N/A

21

 Q: The DPJ has now elected Mr. Katsuya Okada as its new president. Do you have expectations for him?

 

Yes

39

No

54

N/A

8

 Polling methodology: The survey was conducted Feb. 6-7 across the nation on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis. Households with one or more eligible voters totaled 1,913. Valid answers were obtained from 1,054 persons (55%).

 

 (Note) Figures rounded off. In some cases, the total percentage does not add up to 100%. “0” indicates that the figure was less than 0.5% and “–” denotes that no respondents answered.

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