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Opinion poll & results from Kyodo News

  • 2015-11-30 15:00:00
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
  • Translation

(Tokyo Shimbun: November 30, 2015 – p. 2)

 

 Questions & answers (%)

 (Figures in parentheses are the results of the last survey conducted Oct. 7–8.)

 

 Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

48.3

(44.8)

No

40.4

(41.2)

Don’t know (D/K) + no answer (N/A)

11.3

(14.0)

 

Q2: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the previous question) What is the primary reason for your approval of the Abe cabinet? Pick only one from among the reasons listed below.

 

The prime minister is trustworthy

11.0

(19.1)

Because it’s a coalition cabinet of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and Komeito

10.3

(12.7)

The prime minister has leadership ability

10.6

(12.3)

Something can be expected of its economic policies

13.4

(16.0)

Something can be expected of its foreign policy

8.4

(3.4)

Something can be expected of its political reforms

5.6

(3.3)

Something can be expected of its tax reforms

1.2

(2.0)

Something can be expected of its administrative reforms

1.2

(0.8)

There’s no other appropriate person [for prime minister]

36.5

(28.1)

Other answers (O/A)

1.0

(1.5)

D/K+N/A

0.8

(0.8)

 

Q3: (Only for those who answered “no” to the first question) What is the primary reason for your disapproval of the Abe cabinet? Pick only one from among the reasons listed below.

 

The prime minister is untrustworthy

23.0

(28.3)

Because it’s a coalition cabinet of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and Komeito

5.6

(7.2)

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

3.0

(2.6)

Nothing can be expected of its economic policies

23.9

(20.5)

Nothing can be expected of its foreign policy

4.6

(3.8)

Nothing can be expected of its political reforms

8.9

(13.3)

Nothing can be expected of its tax reforms

7.5

(2.8)

Nothing can be expected of its administrative reforms

7.3

(4.9)

Don’t like the prime minister’s personal character

12.7

(9.8)

O/A

3.0

(6.6)

D/K+N/A

0.5

(0.2)

 Q4: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

36.7

(36.8)

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto)

10.2

(10.4)

Komeito (K or Komeito)

4.0

(3.6)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4.2

(4.2)

Japan Innovation Party (JIP or Ishinnoto)

1.1

(4.4)

Osaka Ishin no Kai

5.1

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.8

(1.6)

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

0.4

(0.3)

Party for Future Generations (PFG or Jisedainoto)

0.7

(0.3)

Assembly to Energize Japan (AEJ or Nippon o Genkinisurukai)

0.2

(–)

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

0.1

(0.6)

Other political parties, groups

(1.7)

None of the above (NOTA)

35.9

(35.0)

D/K+N/A

0.6

(1.1)

 Q5: The opposition parties have requested that an extraordinary session of the Diet be held based on the provisions of the Constitution. The Abe cabinet has not agreed to do so and plans to hold the ordinary session of the Diet from Jan. 4 next year. What do you think of the fact that an extraordinary session of the Diet was not held?

 

It was right.

26.0

It was not right.

56.3

D/K+N/A

17.7

 Q6: The ruling parties plan to introduce “reduced tax rates” when the consumption tax is raised. What food items do you think should be subject to the reduced tax rates?

 

Only fresh foods, including vegetables and fish

14.6

In addition to fresh foods, processed foods, including noodles and breads and excluding beverages and confections

14.4

Fresh foods and all processed foods

27.2

All foods and beverages, including eating out and excluding alcoholic beverages

35.7

O/A

4.2

D/K+N/A

3.9

 Q7: The national government and Okinawa Prefecture are now in a court battle over the relocation of the U.S. Futenma Air Station in Okinawa Prefecture to Henoko, Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture. What do you think about this?

 

The matter should be settled in court

26.0

The matter should be settled through direct discussions between the national government and Okinawa Prefecture

68.5

D/K+N/A

5.5

 Q8: Some within the DPJ say that that the party should disband and form a larger political party that includes Diet members from other political parties in order to compete with the ruling parties in next year’s Upper House election. What do you think about this?

 

The DPJ should disband

45.2

The DPJ does not need to disband

42.3

D/K+N/A

12.5

 Q9: The Supreme Court has ruled that last December’s Lower House election was held in a state of unconstitutionality as the disparity in the value of a vote was up to 2.13 times. How do you think the next Lower House elections should be conducted?

 

No Lower House election should be held until the disparity has been rectified

42.8

Lower House elections should be held even if the disparity has not been rectified

45.7

D/K+N/A

11.5

 Q10: Do you think it is possible for terrorist attacks like the ones that occurred in France to happen in Japan?

 

Yes

32.9

Generally yes

46.8

Generally no

14.0

No

4.9

D/K+N/A

1.4

 Q11: What kinds of measures do you think the government should strengthen to prevent terrorism in Japan?

 

Strengthen immigration screening to prevent terrorism at the borders

46.2

Heighten security on public transportation and other key facilities in Japan

9.7

Enhance the framework for collecting information on terrorist activities, etc.

38.0

No measures in particular are necessary

2.6

O/A

1.4

D/K+N/A

2.1

 Q12: Do you approve or disapprove of the dispatch of Self-Defense Forces for warning and surveillance [operations] with respect to China’s creation of artificial islands in the South China Sea?

 

Approve

52.7

Disapprove

39.9

D/K+N/A

7.4

 * Note: In the [fourth] question, “Which political party do you support?” the item “Osaka Ishin no Kai” was not among the choices in the previous survey.

 

 Polling methodology: The survey was conducted across the nation by Kyodo News from Nov. 28 through Nov. 29 on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis. However, the survey excluded some areas in Fukushima Prefecture. Among randomly generated telephone numbers, those actually for household use with one or more eligible voters totaled 1,440. Answers were obtained from 1,014 persons.

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