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Opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

  • 2015-03-10 15:00:00
  • , Yomiuri
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(Yomiuri: March 9, 2015—p. 14)

 

 Questions & answers (%)

 

 Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

55

No

35

Other answers (O/A)

4

No answer (N/A)

7

 

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

15

The prime minister has leadership ability

12

The prime minister is trustworthy

9

The cabinet’s lineup is good

1

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

15

Because it’s better than its predecessors

44

O/A

2

N/A

3

 

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

26

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

4

The prime minister is untrustworthy

31

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

5

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

24

Because its predecessors were better

3

O/A

2

N/A

4

 

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

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

40

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto)

9

Japan Innovation Party (JIP or Ishinnoto)

3

Komeito (K or Komeito)

5

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

Party for Future Generations (PFG or Jisedainoto)

0

Sunrise Party (SP or Taiyonoto)

Assembly to Energize Japan (AEJ or Nippon o Genkinisurukai)

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

Other political parties

None of the above (NOTA)

37

N/A

2

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

 

Yes

47

No

41

N/A

12

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

 

Yes

16

No

79

N/A

5

 Q: Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Koya Nishikawa has resigned from his cabinet post to take responsibility for his local political party chapter’s having received donations from a state-subsidized company. Do you think it’s only natural for Mr. Nishikawa to have resigned, or do you think he didn’t have to do so?

 

It’s only natural

73

He didn’t have to resign

18

N/A

9

 Q: Do you think the Abe cabinet has been adequately addressing the “politics and money” problem?

 

Yes

30

No

57

N/A

12

 Q: The next question concerns security-related bills, which the government plans to submit to the Diet during the current session. In the case of sending the Self-Defense Forces overseas, do you approve of establishing a “permanent law,” instead of making a special time-limited law each time, so that Japan can expedite its response?

 

Yes

42

No

42

N/A

16

 Q: In the event of a contingency that could significantly affect Japan’s peace and security, do you approve of legally allowing the SDF to provide rear-echelon support not only to U.S. forces but also to other foreign forces in such areas as supply and transportation?

 

Yes

56

No

34

N/A

10

 Q: Do you approve of expanding the scope of authorization allowing SDF personnel to use weapons when participating in United Nations peacekeeping operations and other international activities?

 

Yes

36

No

54

N/A

10

 Q: Prime Minister Abe will release a statement this summer to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the war’s end, and he said he would uphold his predecessors’ statements on the whole. Do you think the new statement should use these past statements’ expressions to reflect on and apologize for colonial rule and aggression in the past?

 

Yes

45

No

37

N/A

18

 Q: A bill is now before the Diet to amend the Public Offices Election Law to lower the legal voting age to 18 and over. Do you approve of lowering the minimum voting age to 18?

 

Yes

51

No

43

N/A

7

 Q: The Juvenile Law currently stipulates procedures for minors who are aged less than 20 and who have committed a crime, differing from those stipulated for adults aged 20 and over. Do you approve of lowering the age for applying the Juvenile Law to under 18?

 

Yes

83

No

12

N/A

5

 Polling methodology: The survey was conducted March 6-8 across the nation on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis. Households with one or more eligible voters totaled 1,731. Valid answers were obtained from 1,045 persons (60%).

 

 (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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