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Opinion poll & results from Sankei Shimbun

  • 2015-06-30 15:00:00
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(Sankei: June 30, 2015—p. 5)

 

 Questions & Answers (%)

 

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

 

Yes

46.1

(53.7)

No

42.4

(34.5)

Other answers (O/A)

11.5

(11.8)

 Q: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

34.8

(39.3)

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto)

10.5

(9.3)

Japan Innovation Party (JIP or Ishinnoto)

7.0

(7.3)

Komeito (K or Komeito)

4.4

(4.6)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4.8

(4.1)

Party for Future Generations (PFG or Jisedainoto)

0.4

(0.5)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.5

(0.6)

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

1.1

(0.6)

Assembly to Energize Japan (AEJ or Nippon o Genkinisurukai)

0.3

(0.1)

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

0.2

(0.2)

Other political parties

1.0

(1.3)

None of the above (NOTA)

34.8

(31.5)

O/A

0.2

(0.5)

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

 

 Prime Minister Abe’s personal character

Yes

59.0

(63.4)

No

33.3

(29.9)

O/A

7.7

(6.7)

 Prime Minister Abe’s leadership

Yes

54.7

(59.2)

No

38.2

(33.3)

O/A

7.1

(7.5)

 Economic policy measures

Yes

44.0

(42.4)

No

47.8

(48.0)

O/A

8.2

(9.6)

 Social security policy

Yes

26.8

(27.2)

No

62.4

(61.5)

O/A

10.8

(11.3)

 

 Foreign, security policies

Yes

37.6

(41.5)

No

52.8

(50.3)

O/A

9.6

(8.2)

 Q: It’s now been a month since the Diet began to deliberate on the government’s proposed package of security-related legislative measures, including a bill allowing Japan to exercise its right of collective self-defense to a limited extent. To what extent do you understand this security-related legislation?

 

Very well

6.3

(5.4)

Somewhat

50.0

(48.1)

Not very well

33.6

(35.1)

Hardly understand

9.4

(10.8)

O/A

0.7

(0.6)

 Q: Do you think it’s necessary to pass the security-related legislation in order for Japan to maintain its national security and peace?

 

Yes

49.0

No

43.0

O/A

7.2

 Q: The Abe administration has extended the current Diet session for 95 days to pass the security legislation during the current Diet session. Do you approve of this?

 

Yes

43.3

No

49.6

O/A

7.1

 Q: Do you approve of passing the security legislation during the current extended Diet session?

 

Yes

31.7

No

58.9

O/A

9.4

 Q: The Japan Innovation Party, which is the second largest party on the opposition bench in the Diet, is now looking to present a counterproposal of the security legislation to the Diet. In this regard, do you think the ruling parties should consult with the JIP to retouch the legislation for its passage through the Diet?

 

Yes

39.7

No

48.1

O/A

12.2

 Q: Do you think the Democratic Party of Japan, which is the leading opposition party, should come up with a counterproposal before the Diet?

 

Yes

62.4

No

27.4

O/A

10.2

 Q: The Abe administration asserts that the security legislation is “constitutional,” but constitutional law scholars are split with “constitutional” and “unconstitutional” standpoints. Which explanation do you think is more convincing?

 

Constitutional

21.7

Unconstitutional

57.7

O/A

20.6

 Q: The Diet has now enacted amendments to the Public Offices Election Law, lowering the legal voting age from 20 to 18 in national and other public elections. This amendment will apply to elections from the one in the summer of next year for the House of Councillors. Do you approve of lowering the voting age to 18?

 

Yes

59.0

No

37.7

O/A

3.3

 Q: Do you approve of lowering the legal age of adulthood under the Civil Code from the current age of 20 to 18, along with lowering the voting age?

 

Yes

60.0

No

34.9

O/A

5.1

 Q: Do you approve of lowering the legal age under the Juvenile Law from the current age of under 20 to under 18, along with lowering the voting age?

 

Yes

86.1

No

11.7

O/A

2.2

 Q: Do you approve of lowering the legal age allowable for smoking and drinking from the current age of 20 and over to 18 and over, along with lowering the voting age?

 

Yes

25.3

No

72.4

O/A

2.3

 Q: The current legal age of eligibility for national elections is 30 and over for the House of Councillors and 25 and over for the House of Representatives. Do you approve of lowering these ages of eligibility for national elections?

 

Yes

39.4

No

55.2

O/A

5.4

 Q: The Japan Pension Service came under cyberattack, which resulted in over a million personal data leaks. Do you think the government’s data management is trustworthy?

 

Yes

10.6

No

86.9

O/A

2.5

 Q: In October this year, the government will start the so-called “My Number” system for social security and tax return. Do you think its introduction should be postponed?

 

Yes

68.4

No

25.0

O/A

6.6

 Q: Fifty years have passed since Japan and South Korea normalized diplomatic relations. In this regard, do you think the two countries’ bilateral relations are now in bad shape?

 

Yes

79.2

No

16.7

O/A

4.1

 Q: Do you think the bilateral relations between Japan and South Korea are now moving in a better direction?

 

Yes

34.1

No

59.1

O/A

6.8

 Q: It’s nearly one year since North Korea set up a special fact-finding committee to reinvestigate the whereabouts of Japanese nationals abducted to North Korea. In this regard, do you think the abduction issue will be resolved?

 

Yes

9.2

No

88.6

O/A

2.2

 Q: Do you think Japan should step up its sanctions on North Korea if the North does not come up with a report on its reinvestigation even after one year?

 

Yes

82.4

No

14.1

O/A

3.5

 (Note) Parenthesized figures denote the results of the last survey conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network (FNN) on May 23-24. “O/A” for “other answers” denotes “don’t know,” “can’t say,” etc.

 

 Polling methodology: The survey was conducted June 27-28 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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