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Opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

  • 2015-07-27 15:00:00
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(Yomiuri: July 27, 2015 – p. 14)

 

 Questions & answers (%)

 

 Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

43

No

49

Other answers (O/A)

4

No answer (N/A)

4

 

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

14

The prime minister has leadership ability

18

The prime minister is trustworthy

11

The cabinet’s lineup is good

1

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

12

Because it’s better than its predecessors

42

O/A

1

N/A

1

 

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

30

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

3

The prime minister is untrustworthy

36

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

4

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

20

Because its predecessors were better

2

O/A

3

N/A

3

 

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

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

36

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto)

8

Japan Innovation Party (JIP or Ishinnoto)

2

Komeito (K or Komeito)

3

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

5

Party for Future Generations (PFG or Jisedainoto)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

0

Assembly to Energize Japan (AEJ or Nippon o Genkinisurukai)

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

Other political parties

None of the above (NOTA)

41

N/A

3

 Q: The next question concerns the government’s package of security-related legislative measures which is now before the Diet, including a bill allowing Japan to exercise the right of collective self-defense to a limited extent. The new security legislation purports to expand the scope of the Self-Defense Forces’ activities in order for Japan to ensure the peace of Japan and national security and step up its contributions to the international community. Do you approve of this security legislation?

 

Yes

38

No

51

N/A

12

 Q: Prime Minister Abe intends to have the security legislation passed by the Diet during the current session. Do you approve of passing the legislation during the current Diet session?

 

Yes

26

No

64

N/A

9

 Q: Do you think the government and ruling coalition have sufficiently explained the security legislation to the general public?

 

Yes

12

No

82

N/A

6

 Q: Do you think if the security legislation is passed by the Diet, Japan’s ability to prevent foreign countries from launching armed attacks on Japan, or so-called deterrence, will be strengthened?

 

Yes

36

No

54

N/A

10

 Q: The security legislation was passed by a majority of LDP and Komeito party members and some opposition party members in a plenary sitting of the House of Representatives without many of the opposition parties’ members. Do you think the ruling parties’ voting on the security legislation was appropriate?

 

Yes

29

No

61

N/A

10

 Q: Do you approve of the opposition bench’s response to deliberations on the security legislation?

 

Yes

23

No

65

N/A

12

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

 

Yes

55

No

30

N/A

15

 Q: Prime Minister Abe has cancelled the plan for the construction of the new national stadium, which will be used for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in the summer of 2020, to start over from scratch. Do you approve of this decision?

 

Yes

83

No

11

N/A

7

 Q: Do you think the government’s handling of the new national stadium construction project so far has been appropriate?

 

Yes

11

No

79

N/A

10

 Polling methodology: The survey was conducted July 24-26 across the nation on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis. Households with one or more eligible voters totaled 1,781. Valid answers were obtained from 1,059 persons (59%).

 

 (Note) Figures rounded off. In some cases, the total percentage may 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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