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Opinion poll & results from Asahi Shimbun

  • 2015-11-12 15:00:00
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(Asahi: November 10, 2015 – p. 4)

 

 Questions & answers (%)

 Figures rounded off. Bracketed figures denote proportions to all respondents, with parenthesized figures denoting the results of the previous survey taken Oct. 17-18.

 

 Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

40

(41)

No

41

(40)

 

Q: Why or why not? (One reason only. Left column for those who answered “yes” on previous question, and right for those who said “no.”)

 

The prime minister is Mr. Abe

12[5]

7[3]

It’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

21[8]

22[9]

Policies

43[17]

61[25]

No particular reason

21[9]

7[3]

 Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the foregoing question) Do you think you will continue to support the Abe cabinet, or do you think you will not necessarily continue to do so?

 

Continue to support the Abe cabinet

45[18]

Not necessarily continue to support the Abe cabinet

50[20]

 Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the foregoing question) Do you think you will continue to not support the Abe cabinet, or do you think you may support the Abe cabinet in the future?

 

Continue to not support the Abe cabinet

55[22]

May support the Abe cabinet in the future

40[16]

 

Q: Which political party do you support now?

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

34

(35)

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto)

7

(8)

Komeito (K or Komeito)

4

(3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3

(4)

Japan Innovation Party (JIP or Nippon Ishinnoto)

1

(2)

Osaka Ishinnokai

2

(–)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0

(0)

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

0

(0)

Assembly to Energize Japan (AEJ or Nippon o Genkinisurukai)

0

(0)

Party for Future Generations (PFG or Jisedainoto)

0

(0)

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

0

(0)

Other political parties

1

(1)

None of the above (NOTA)

41

(38)

No answer (N/A) + don’t know (D/K)

7

(9)

 Q: This year Japan and the Republic of Korea held a summit meeting of their leaders for the first time in three and a half years, and Prime Minister Abe and ROK President Park Geun-hye met. Do you approve of the Japan-ROK summit meeting?

 

Yes

75

No

12

 Q: The two leaders agreed at their summit meeting to aim at reaching a settlement on the issue of comfort women. Do you approve of this?

 

Yes

56

No

24

 Q: Do you think Prime Minister Abe can be expected to turn Japan-ROK relations around?

 

Yes

36

No

42

 Q: Do you approve of raising the consumption tax to 10% in April 2017?

 

Yes

31

No

60

 Q: Do you approve of introducing reduced tax rates for food and other daily necessities?

 

Yes

72

No

18

 Q: The next question concerns the issue of U.S. military basing in Okinawa. In order to relocate Futenma airfield to the Henoko district of the prefecture’s Nago city, the Abe administration has started landfill work in the coastal areas of Henoko. Do you approve of this?

 

Yes

33

No

49

 Q: Okinawa Prefecture’s Gov. Onaga is opposed to the construction of a base in the Henoko district of Nago city, and he has not approved landfill work in the coastal areas of Henoko. Do you approve of Gov. Onaga’s stance?

 

Yes

53

No

30

 Q: The next question concerns separate surnames for married couples. Do you approve of amending the law so married couples will be allowed to use different surnames?

 

Yes

52

No

34

 Polling methodology: The survey was conducted Nov. 7-8 over the telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis. Respondents were chosen from among the nation’s voting population on a three-stage random-sampling basis (excluding some districts in Fukushima Prefecture). Households with one or more eligible voters totaled 3,787. Valid answers were obtained from 1,849 persons (49%). (Abridged)

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