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Opinion poll & results from Sankei Shimbun

  • 2015-12-15 15:00:00
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(Sankei: December 15, 2015 – p. 5)

 

 Main Questions & Answers of the Sankei-FNN Joint Opinion Poll (%)

 

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

 

Yes

47.8

(44.2)

No

41.2

(43.2)

Other answers (O/A)

11.0

(12.6)

 Q: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

37.9

(33.9)

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto)

9.4

(11.2)

Komeito (K or Komeito)

4.5

(3.5)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

5.3

(4.5)

Japan Innovation Party (JIP or Ishinnoto)

1.1

(3.3)

Osaka Ishinnokai

4.4

(–)

Party for Future Generations (PFG or Jisedainoto)

0.2

(0.4)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.9

(1.3)

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

0.6

(0.9)

Assembly to Energize Japan (AEJ or Nippon o Genkinisurukai)

0

(0)

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

0

(0.1)

Other political parties

0.8

(1.1)

None of the above (NOTA)

34.6

(39.2)

O/A

0.3

(0.6)

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

 

 Prime Minister Abe’s personal character

Yes

58.6

(54.8)

No

34.5

(35.7)

O/A

6.9

(9.5)

 Prime Minister Abe’s leadership

Yes

56.7

(53.0)

No

37.9

(38.2)

O/A

5.4

(8.8)

 Economic policy measures

Yes

36.7

(34.8)

No

54.7

(53.7)

O/A

8.6

(11.5)

 Social security policy

Yes

26.3

(25.6)

No

62.0

(62.6)

O/A

11.7

(11.8)

 Foreign, security policies

Yes

43.6

(37.2)

No

48.3

(52.0)

O/A

8.1

(10.8)

 Q: Do you approve of the introduction of reduced tax rates for daily necessities, etc. when the consumption tax rate is raised to 10%?

 

Yes

56.7

(60.6)

No

38.8

(33.3)

O/A

4.5

(6.1)

 Q: (To those who answered “yes” to the previous question) Do you think it is appropriate to introduce reduced tax rates for all foods and beverages?

 

Yes

82.2

No

15.0

O/A

2.8

 Q: There is a possibility that funds will have to be taken from social security to secure finances for the reduced tax rates. Are you concerned about this?

 

Yes

83.4

No

14.6

O/A

2.0

 Q: Prime Minister Abe has set the creation of a “dynamic society for all” as the new centerpiece of his policies. Do you approve of this policy?

 

Yes

30.2

No

56.7

O/A

13.1

 Q: It looks like the FY2015 supplementary budget will include one-time subsidies of 30,000 yen for each senior citizen who has a low pension. Do you approve of this policy?

 

Yes

46.4

No

49.7

O/A

3.9

 Q: The government is using the national budget to support “spouse-hunting events” as a measure to address the decline in the birthrate. Do you think the government needs to support such events?

 

Yes

29.5

No

66.4

O/A

4.1

 Q: Terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists are occurring frequently throughout the world, including Paris, France. Do you think that the chance of such terrorism occurring in Japan is rising?

 

Yes

81.3

No

15.6

O/A

3.1

 Q: Do you think that Japan should criminalize acts of conspiracy – designate mere involvement in plotting a serious crime as a punishable crime – as a countermeasure against terrorism?

 

Yes

76.7

No

13.2

O/A

10.1

 Q: It has been newly revealed that Minister for Reconstruction Tsuyoshi Takagi has paid a total of 1.85 million yen in condolence money in 230 cases in his electoral district. Are you satisfied with Minister Takagi’s explanation?

 

Yes

10.5

No

79.9

O/A

9.6

 Q: Do you think that the Democratic Party of Japan and the Japan Innovation Party should each dissolve their parties and create a new party?

 

Yes

29.1

No

54.7

O/A

16.2

 Q: Do you agree with the view that Japan should allow married couples to use different surnames if they so desire?

 

Yes

51.4

No

42.3

O/A

6.3

 Q: If married couples were allowed to choose to use different surnames, would you desire to do so?

 

Yes

13.9

No

81.6

O/A

4.5

 Q: What will you factor in when voting in next summer’s election for the House of Councillors? (Respond yes or no to each.)

 

Yes

No

Economic policy measures

88.3 (89.1)

11.7

 

(10.9)

Consumption tax, reduced tax rates

70.8

 

(71.8)

29.2 (28.2)

Security legislation

76.2 (74.4)

23.8

 

(25.6)

Social security, such as child rearing and nursing care

85.5

 

(89.6)

14.5 (10.4)

TPP

52.4

 

(51.4)

47.6 (48.6)

Other policies

40.0

 

(40.4)

60.0 (59.6)

 (Note) Parenthesized figures denote the results of the last survey conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network on Sept. 24–25. “O/A” for “other answers” denotes “don’t know,” “can’t say,” etc.

 

 Polling methodology: The survey was conducted until the calculated number of responses was obtained, by placing telephone calls on a random digit dialing (RDD) basis adjusted to the gender and age composition of each survey area. A total of 1,000 men and women, aged 20 and over, across the nation were surveyed.

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