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Opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

  • 2016-01-12 15:00:00
  • , Yomiuri
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(Yomiuri: January 11, 2016 – p. 15)

 

 Questions & answers (%)

 Questionnaire is slightly abridged.

 Asterisks indicate that the choices were read aloud to the respondent.

 Figures in parentheses denote the results of the last survey conducted Dec. 17–18.

 

 Q: Do you support the Abe Cabinet?

 

Yes

54(49)

No

36(39)

Other answers (O/A)

3(6)

No answer (N/A)

6(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

9

The prime minister has leadership ability

18

The prime minister is trustworthy

6

The cabinet’s lineup is good

1

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

15

Because it’s better than its predecessors

43

O/A

2

N/A

5

 

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

33

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

3

The prime minister is untrustworthy

26

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

4

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

23

Because its predecessors were better

5

O/A

1

N/A

5

 

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

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

40(37)

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto)

8(9)

Komeito (K or Komeito)

4(5)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4(4)

Japan Innovation Party (JIP or Ishinnoto)

0(0)

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

2(2)

Kaikaku Kesshu no Kai (Assembly of Reform)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0(1)

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

0(0)

Assembly to Energize Japan (AEJ or Nippon o Genkinisurukai)

–(–)

Party for Japanese Kokoro (Nihon no Kokoro wo Taisetsu ni Suru To)

–(–)

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

–(0)

Other political parties

–(–)

None of the above (NOTA)

37(39)

N/A

4(2)

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

 

Yes

48

No

40

N/A

12

 Q: Do you have a tangible sense of the economic turnaround under the Abe Cabinet?

 

Yes

22

No

71

N/A

7

 Q: Do you approve of the security legislation that allows the limited exercise of the right to collective self-defense?

 

Yes

35

No

51

N/A

14

 

Q: Which political party’s candidates or which political party do you think you will vote for in regard to the proportional representation seats in the Upper House elections this summer?*

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

37

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto)

13

Komeito (K or Komeito)

6

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

6

Japan Innovation Party (JIP or Ishinnoto)

1

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

5

Kaikaku Kesshu no Kai (Assembly of Reform)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

0

Assembly to Energize Japan (AEJ or Nippon o Genkinisurukai)

0

Party for Japanese Kokoro (Nihon no Kokoro wo Taisetsu ni Suru To)

0

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

Other political parties

0

Undecided

22

N/A

9

 Q: Do you think it would be better if the ruling parties of the LDP and the Komeito maintained a majority of the seats in the Upper House as a result of the elections?

 

Yes

48

No

40

N/A

13

 Q: Do you think it would be better if the DPJ and the other opposition parties fielded unified candidates as much as possible for the constituency seats in the Upper House elections?

 

Yes

49

No

33

N/A

18

 Q: Do you think it would be okay if the Lower House elections were held on the same day as this summer’s Upper House elections?

 

Yes

43

No

41

N/A

15

 Q: The government has decided to disburse lump-sum payments of 30,000 yen to each low-income senior citizens et al. Do you approve of this?

 

Yes

42

No

50

N/A

8

 Q: Japan and South Korea have reached an agreement on the comfort women issue. Under the agreement, which is called a final resolution to this issue, Japan will give 1 billion yen to a fund to help former comfort women and South Korea will endeavor to remove a statue symbolizing comfort women which sits in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul. Do you approve of this agreement?

 

Yes

49

No

36

N/A

15

 Q: Do you think the relations between Japan and South Korea will improve?

 

Yes

50

No

38

N/A

12

 Q: North Korea has announced that it has conducted a hydrogen bomb test. Do you think that Japan should enhance its sanctions against that country? Or is that not necessary

 

Japan should enhance its sanctions

76

Enhancing sanctions is not necessary

14

N/A

10

 Polling methodology: The survey was conducted Jan. 8–10 across the nation on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis. Households with one or more eligible voters totaled 1,737. Valid answers were obtained from 1,053 persons (61%). Regarding the question where respondents are asked to indicate the political party they support, Party for Japanese Kokoro (Nihon no Kokoro wo Taisetsu ni suru To) was called the Party for Future Generations (PFG or Jisedainoto) at the time of the last survey. Figures are 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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