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Opinion poll & results from Mainichi Shimbun

  • 2015-03-16 15:00:00
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(Mainichi: March 16, 2015—p. 2)

 

 Questions & answers (%)

 (T = total; P = previous; M = male; F = female)

 

 Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

44

(44)

48

40

No

34

(36)

34

35

Not interested

19

(18)

15

22

 Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the above question) Why?

 

T

P

M

F

Because the prime minister is from the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan

15

(14)

11

20

Because something can be expected of the prime minister’s leadership

26

(27)

28

23

Because something can be expected of the prime minister’s policies

31

(31)

35

25

Because the nature of politics is likely to change

24

(23)

24

25

 Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the above question) Why?

 

T

P

M

F

Because the prime minister is from the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan

4

(2)

6

3

Because nothing can be expected of the prime minister’s leadership

7

(4)

7

7

Because nothing can be expected of the prime minister’s policies

55

(56)

54

56

Because the nature of politics is unlikely to change

30

(36)

28

31

 Q: Which political party do you support?

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

31

(31)

36

27

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto)

9

(8)

8

9

Japan Innovation Party (JIP or Ishinnoto)

5

(7)

5

4

Komeito (K or Komeito)

4

(4)

4

5

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

5

(4)

5

5

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

(1)

1

1

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

1

(1)

2

0

Party for Future Generations (PFG or Jisedainoto)

1

(0)

1

0

Sunrise Party (SP or Taiyonoto)

(–)

Assembly to Energize Japan (AEJ or Nippon o Genkinisurukai)

0

(0)

1

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

0

(–)

0

Other answers (O/A)

6

(6)

5

6

None of the above (NOTA)

35

(36)

32

37

 Q: The government has now submitted a package of security-related legislative measures to the Diet, which is intended to expand the scope of the Self-Defense Forces’ activities overseas, such as allowing the SDF to exercise the right of collective self-defense. The government plans to enact this security legislation during the current Diet session. Do you approve of this government plan?

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

34

44

24

No

52

49

55

 Q: Do you know what’s being discussed for the security legislation?

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

38

54

23

No

56

41

69

 Q: Do you think the economy has improved with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “Abenomics” economic policy?

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

26

35

18

No

66

60

73

 Q: Do you think economic disparities between Tokyo and localities have widened?

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

70

77

64

No

19

17

21

 Q: A bill is now before the Diet to lower the legal voting age from 20 to 18. Do you approve of lowering the voting age to 18?

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

51

59

43

No

39

34

43

 Q: Do you think political donations from corporations and organizations should be prohibited?

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

64

66

62

No

24

29

19

 Q: Prime Minister Abe will release a statement this year to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the war’s end. His predecessor, Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama, referred to “colonial rule and aggression” in his statement that expressed self-reflection and apologized for the past war. Do you think Prime Minister Abe should incorporate the same wording in his statement?

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

46

51

41

No

35

39

31

 Q: Do you approve of same-sex marriage?

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

44

38

50

No

39

49

30

 Q: In the city of Kawasaki, a first-year junior high school student was killed and a group of boys, including an 18-year-old, have been arrested. Concerning this incident, there is an opinion calling for applying heavier punishment for juvenile crimes. Do you think juvenile crimes should be subject to heavier punishment?

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

81

83

78

No

10

11

8

 (Note) Figures rounded off. “0” indicates that the figure was below 0.5%, and “–” denotes that no respondents answered. “No answer” omitted. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the last survey conducted Jan. 17-18.

 

 Polling methodology: The survey was conducted March 14-15 over the telephone across the nation on a computer-aided random digit sampling (RDS) basis. The survey excluded telephone numbers in municipalities designated as “difficult-to-return” zones due to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. A total of 1,638 households with one or more eligible voters were sampled. Answers were obtained from 1,018 persons (62%).

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