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Opinion poll & results from Sankei Shimbun

  • 2015-02-24 15:00:00
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(Sankei: February 24, 2015 – p. 5)

 

 Questions & Answers (%)

 

 Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

52.8

(51.4)

No

36.2

(34.4)

Other answers (O/A)

11.0

(14.2)

 Q: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

41.2

(39.4)

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto)

9.9

(11.2)

Japan Innovation Party (JIP or Ishinnoto)

6.9

(7.6)

Komeito (K or Komeito)

4.6

(3.7)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3.7

(3.9)

Party for Future Generations (PFG or Jisedainoto)

0.7

(0.5)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.8

(0.6)

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

0.6

(0.9)

Assembly to Energize Japapn (AEJ or Nippon o Genkinisurukai)

0

(0)

Sunrise Party (SP or Taiyonoto)

0

(0)

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

0

(0.1)

Other political parties

0.9

(0.7)

None of the above (NOTA)

29.9

(30.9)

O/A

0.8

(0.5)

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

 

 Prime Minister Abe’s personal character

Yes

60.8

(63.5)

No

30.2

(26.1)

O/A

9.0

(10.4)

 Prime Minister Abe’s leadership

Yes

60.5

(56.9)

No

30.9

(32.5)

O/A

8.6

(10.6)

 Economic policy measures

Yes

42.7

(35.2)

No

48.5

(54.1)

O/A

8.8

(10.7)

 Social security policy

Yes

26.4

(25.9)

No

62.5

(61.5)

O/A

11.1

(12.6)

 Foreign, security policies

Yes

44.6

(42.0)

No

44.6

(43.8)

O/A

10.8

(14.2)

 Q: An extremist group, believed to be the “Islamic State,” took two Japanese nationals hostage and killed them. Do you think the Japanese government’s response to this incident was appropriate?

 

Yes

55.2

No

33.6

O/A

11.2

 Q: The government confiscated the passport of a freelance photographer, who planned to travel to Syria, to “protect his life.” Do you think this measure was appropriate?

 

Yes

75.8

No

18.1

O/A

6.1

 Q: Do you fear that Islamic extreme radicals could soon launch terrorist attacks in Japan?

 

Yes

60.4

(52.5)

No

34.0

(41.7)

O/A

5.6

(5.8)

 Q: The Abe administration plans to introduce a package of security-related legislative measures to the Diet during the current session allowing Japan to exercise the right of collective self-defense. Do you think this sort of legislation is necessary?

 

Yes

57.7

No

32.6

O/A

9.7

 Q: The ruling parties held a consultative meeting over security legislation, where the government proposed legislation allowing the Self-Defense Forces to defend not only U.S. forces but also other foreign forces, including their naval vessels, under “gray zone situations” that stop short of actual attacks on Japan by foreign forces. Do you approve of this proposition of defending non-U.S. foreign forces in addition to U.S. forces?

 

Yes

38.0

No

49.0

O/A

13.0

 Q: In order for Japan to provide rear-area support to multinational forces and other international entities, the prime minister is willing to establish a permanent law allowing Japan to send SDF troops overseas at any time. What do you think about legislation for the SDF to conduct rear-area support?

 

Japan should have a permanent law

20.5

Japan should respond with a time-limited special measures law as ever

72.8

O/A

6.7

 Q: The government has now made a cabinet decision to adopt a new “development cooperation outline” to replace its conventional “official development assistance” (ODA) outline that determined the basic course of action for Japan’s ODA programs, lifting Japan’s self-imposed ban on its assistance to foreign forces and allowing Japan to assist them in disaster reconstruction and other nonmilitary areas only. Do you approve of this decision?

 

Yes

61.3

No

26.7

O/A

12.0

 Q: The prime minister will release a statement this summer to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the war’s end, in which he will uphold the general standpoints of his predecessors’ statements, including Prime Minister Murayama’s statement that reflected on [Japan’s] colonial rule and aggression in the past. On the other hand, the prime minister has also indicated that he would not use the previous statements’ wording as is. Do you think the prime minister, in his statement upon the 70th anniversary of the war’s end, should use such expressions as “aggression,” “remorse,” and “apologies” that were used his predecessors’ statements, including the Murayama statement?

 

Yes

51.6

No

36.6

O/A

11.8

 Q: The government and the LDP have decided on a plan to reform the nation’s agricultural cooperative system. The adopted plan refers to the Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives, “JA-Zenchu” for short, which has been authorized to audit and control local agricultural cooperatives, and it features abolishing JA-Zenchu’s oversight authority. Do you approve of this agricultural reform plan?

 

Yes

62.5

No

21.5

O/A

16.0

 Q: Do you think the agricultural reform will lead to agricultural revitalization and more income for farmers?

 

Yes

42.4

No

36.8

O/A

20.8

 Q: Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries Minister Koya Nishikawa’s political party chapter was recently found to have received a donation of 1 million yen from a company affiliated with a government-subsidized sugar industry organization, and Mr. Nishikawa has returned the money in full. Meanwhile, it has also become clear that he had received a donation of 3 million yen from another state-subsidized company. Do you think Mr. Nishikawa has fulfilled his responsibility to explain these problems?

 

Yes

7.2

No

83.9

O/A

8.9

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

 

Yes

23.2

(16.3)

No

73.2

(78.2)

O/A

3.6

(5.5)

 Q: Do you think Japan’s disparities have widened?

 

Yes

78.2

No

15.6

O/A

6.2

 Q: Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward has announced a plan to issue certificates to same-sex couples recognizing their relationships as “equivalent to marriage.” This is the first system of this type across the nation, and the ward will present a draft ordinance to its assembly at its session next week. Do you approve of this plan?

 

Yes

59.0

No

30.7

O/A

10.3

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

 

 Polling methodology: The survey was conducted Feb. 21-22 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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