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Opinion poll & results from Sankei Shimbun

  • 2015-04-28 15:00:00
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(Sankei: April 28, 2015—p. 5)

 

 Questions & Answers (%)

 

 Q: Do you support Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet?

 

Yes

50.2

(53.6)

No

35.9

(37.7)

Other answers (O/A)

13.9

(8.7)

 Q: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

37.9

(40.1)

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto)

9.3

(8.7)

Japan Innovation Party (JIP or Ishinnoto)

7.0

(6.1)

Komeito (K or Komeito)

5.0

(4.9)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

5.3

(4.8)

Party for Future Generations (PFG or Jisedainoto)

0.7

(0.6)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.9

(1.0)

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

0.7

(0.6)

Assembly to Energize Japan (AEJ or Nippon o Genkinisurukai)

0.1

(0.1)

Sunrise Party (SP or Taiyonoto)

0.4

(0)

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

0

(0.1)

Other political parties

0.7

(0.9)

None of the above (NOTA)

31.4

(31.6)

O/A

0.6

(0.5)

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

 

 Prime Minister Abe’s personal character

Yes

59.9

(61.3)

No

29.6

(32.7)

O/A

10.5

(6.0)

 Prime Minister Abe’s leadership

Yes

57.7

(58.6)

No

32.1

(34.5)

O/A

10.2

(6.9)

 Economic policy measures

Yes

39.3

(43.4)

No

50.7

(47.5)

O/A

10.0

(9.1)

 Social security policy

Yes

27.6

(28.4)

No

59.2

(59.6)

O/A

13.2

(12.0)

 Foreign, security policies

Yes

42.6

(41.1)

No

44.2

(48.6)

O/A

13.2

(10.3)

 Q: Do you approve of amending the Constitution of Japan?

 

Yes

40.8

No

47.8

O/A

11.4

 Q: The next question concerns the recent first meeting between Prime Minister Abe and Okinawa Prefecture’s Gov. Takeshi Onaga that ended up with their respective standpoints remaining divergent over the issue of relocating the U.S. military’s Futenma airfield from its current location in Okinawa Prefecture’s Ginowan city to the Henoko district of the prefecture’s Nago city. Do you approve of the fact itself that their meeting was held?

 

Yes

88.0

No

9.1

O/A

2.9

 Q: The government will proceed with its plan to relocate Futenma airfield to Nago city’s Henoko district. Do you approve of this course of action?

 

Yes

39.9

No

44.7

O/A

15.4

 Q: The next question concerns a new package of security-related legislative measures. The LDP and its coalition partner, the Komeito party, intend to have a relevant bill stipulate that Japan may exercise its right of collective self-defense “if and when there is no other appropriate means.” Do you think this requirement will serve to limit Japan’s participation in collective self-defense?

 

Yes

25.7

No

56.9

O/A

17.4

 Q: The LDP and the Komeito party plan to establish an “International Peace Assistance Law,” which is a permanent law allowing Japan to send the Self-Defense Forces overseas as needed in order for the SDF to engage in logistical support for foreign armed forces. In this regard, the two ruling parties have agreed to stipulate in the planned law that the government must ask the Diet for approval without exception before sending the SDF for its overseas rear-echelon support. Do you approve of this agreement?

 

Yes

45.3

No

43.2

O/A

11.5

 Q: The government will introduce the package of security-related legislative measures, including a bill allowing Japan to exercise its right of collective self-defense, to the Diet in mid-May. Do you approve of passing this security legislation during the current Diet session?

 

Yes

36.2

(31.1)

No

49.5

(57.4)

O/A

14.3

(11.5)

 Q: Prime Minister Abe will release a statement this summer to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the war’s end. In this regard, he has expressed his hope to come up with a future-oriented statement without sticking to the idea of incorporating such wording as “colonial rule and aggression” and “heartfelt apology” in his statement. Do you approve of this stance shown by Prime Minister Abe?

 

Yes

60.1

No

29.8

O/A

10.1

 Q: Prime Minister Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Indonesia, where the two leaders met. Do you approve of this Japan-China summit meeting?

 

Yes

86.0

No

10.1

O/A

3.9

 Q: China is taking the lead to establish an international banking institution, which is named the “Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank” (AIIB). The government is cautious about Japan’s joining in the AIIB. Do you think Japan should participate?

 

Yes

24.7

(20.1)

No

51.1

(53.5)

O/A

24.2

(26.4)

 Q: The Fukuoka District Court has issued an injunction that orders Kansai Electric Power Co. against restarting two of its currently offline nuclear reactors at its Takahama Nuclear Power Plant. The government takes the position that there’s no change in its course of action to allow it to resume operations at nuclear power plants after the Nuclear Regulation Authority has verified their safety. Do you approve of this government position?

 

Yes

31.0

No

60.9

O/A

8.1

 Q: State Minister for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Akira Amari met with U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Froman to hold final-stage consultations over difficult issues, such as the question of what to do about the tariffication of rice and autoparts. Do you hope for progress in the TPP talks?

 

Yes

52.7

No

36.0

O/A

11.3

 Q: Do you think Japan’s economy will be able to grow with a settlement to the TPP talks?

 

Yes

44.3

No

38.0

O/A

17.7

 (Note) Parenthesized figures denote the results of the last survey conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network (FNN) on March 28-29. “O/A” for “other answers” denotes “don’t know,” “can’t say,” etc.

 

 Polling methodology: The survey was conducted April 25-26 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. (Abridged)

 

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