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81% with “no tangible sense of economic recovery”

  • 2015-02-23 15:00:00
  • , Nikkei
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(Nikkei: February 23, 2015—p. 1, p. 2)

 

 The Nihon Keizai Shimbun and TV Tokyo jointly conducted a public opinion survey across the nation on Feb. 20-22. In the survey, respondents were asked whether they have a tangible sense of economic recovery. In response to this question, a total of 81% answered “no,” with a total of only 13% saying “yes.” The rate of public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet was 50%, leveling off with a drop of 1 percentage point from the last survey in January. The nonsupport rate was 34%, showing a rise of 1 point.

 

 In the breakdown of public support for political parties, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan stood at 37%, down 2 points from the last survey. The leading opposition Democratic Party of Japan, which elected Katsuya Okada as its new president about a month ago, was at 10%, the same as in the last survey. Those with no particular party affiliation accounted for a total of 38%, up 2 points.

 

 The survey was carried out on Feb. 20-23 by Nikkei Research Inc. over the telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis. Chosen for the survey were men and women aged 20 and over across the nation. A total of 1,456 households with one or more eligible voters were sampled. Answers were obtained from 1,034 persons (71.0%). (Abridged)

 

 

 Q: Do you approve of the government’s agricultural cooperative reform plan?

 

Yes

54

No

19

 Q: Do you think the government was appropriate in its response to the recent hostage incident in which two Japanese nationals were taken hostage by an organization identifying itself as the “Islamic State,” an extremist group in the Middle East?

 

Yes

51

No

27

 Q: Do you support Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s course of action to push ahead with measures against the Islamic State, centering on humanitarian assistance?

 

Yes

64

No

20

 Q: Do you approve of security-related legislation allowing Japan to exercise the right of collective self-defense?

 

Yes

31

No

50

 Q: Do you think the government should allow electric power companies to restart their currently offline nuclear power plant reactors?

 

Yes

35

No

52

 

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