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Opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

  • 2015-11-12 15:00:00
  • , Yomiuri
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(Yomiuri: November 10, 2015 – p. 16)

 

 Questions & answers (%)

 Figures in parentheses denote the results of the last survey conducted Oct. 7-8.

 

 Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

51(46)

No

38(45)

Other answers (O/A)

3(2)

No answer (N/A)

8(6)

 

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

13

The prime minister has leadership ability

20

The prime minister is trustworthy

8

The cabinet’s lineup is good

1

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

14

Because it’s better than its predecessors

39

O/A

2

N/A

2

 

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

28

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

4

The prime minister is untrustworthy

27

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

5

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party led government

26

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 (LDP or Jiminto)

40(39)

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto)

7(10)

Komeito (K or Komeito)

3(3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

5(3)

Japan Innovation Party (JIP or Ishinnoto)

0(2)

Osaka Ishinnokai

2

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0(1)

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

0(0)

Party for Future Generations (PFG or Jisedainoto)

0(–)

Assembly to Energize Japan (AEJ or Nippon o Genkinisurukai)

–(–)

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

–(–)

Other political parties

0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

39(39)

N/A

2(1)

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

 

Yes

46

No

42

N/A

12

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

 

Yes

20

No

74

N/A

6

 Q: Prime Minister Abe has advocated creating a “dynamic society for all” as his new policy. Do you approve of this policy?

 

Yes

29

No

46

N/A

22

 Q: The 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member nations, including Japan and the U.S., have reached a rough agreement on concluding a free trade pact. Do you approve of this TPP agreement?

 

Yes

57

No

29

N/A

14

 Q: How do you think Japan’s TPP participation will affect your livelihood?

 

Positive

25

Negative

11

About the same

54

N/A

10

 Q: The Abe cabinet plans to relocate the U.S. military’s Futenma airfield in Okinawa Prefecture to the Henoko district of the prefecture’s Nago city. Do you approve of this plan?

 

Yes

43

No

43

N/A

14

 Q: Do you approve of the recently enacted security-related laws, one of which allows Japan to exercise its right of collective self-defense to a limited extent?

 

Yes

40

No

47

N/A

13

 Q: Prime Minister Abe and the Republic of Korea’s President Park Geun-hye recently met. This was the first Japan-ROK summit meeting in three and a half years. Do you approve of this?

 

Yes

76

No

17

N/A

7

 Q: Do you think Japan-ROK relations will improve?

 

Yes

40

No

47

N/A

13

 Q: The U.S. sent a warship to waters in the South China Sea near an artificial island. China has been claiming this area as part of its territorial waters. By deploying a warship, the U.S. played up its stance of not accepting China’s territorial claims over the area. Do you approve of this U.S. action?

 

Yes

81

No

10

N/A

10

 Q: Do you think reduced tax rates should be introduced for daily necessities when raising the consumption tax rate to 10%?

 

Yes

69

No

24

N/A

8

 Q: Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto has formed a new political party called “Osaka Ishinnoto.” Do you have high expectations for it?

 

Yes

30

No

60

N/A

9

 Polling methodology: The survey was conducted Nov. 6-8 across the nation on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis. Households with one or more eligible voters totaled 1,734. Valid answers were obtained from 1,060 persons (61%).

 

 (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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