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Opinion poll & results from Mainichi Shimbun

  • 2016-02-01 15:00:00
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(Mainichi: February 1, 2016 – p. 2)

 

 Questions & answers (%)

 (T = total; P = previous; M = male; F = female)

 

 Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

51

(43)

54

48

No

30

(37)

29

30

Not interested

18

(18)

15

20

 Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the above question) Why?

 

T

P

M

F

Because the prime minister is from the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan

16

(13)

14

19

Because something can be expected of the prime minister’s leadership

29

(27)

28

30

Because something can be expected of the prime minister’s policies

26

(28)

32

21

Because the nature of politics is likely to change

22

(26)

21

22

 Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the above question) Why?

 

T

P

M

F

Because the prime minister is from the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan

6

(4)

6

6

Because nothing can be expected of the prime minister’s leadership

8

(8)

10

7

Because nothing can be expected of the prime minister’s policies

55

(53)

56

55

Because the nature of politics is unlikely to change

26

(30)

22

30

 Q: Which political party do you support?

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

34

(29)

36

33

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto)

7

(7)

8

5

Komeito (K or Komeito)

5

(3)

4

6

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4

(3)

3

5

Japan Innovation Party (JIP or Ishinnoto)

1

(1)

0

1

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

4

(6)

5

4

Kaikaku Kesshu no Kai (Assembly of Reform)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

(1)

1

1

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

0

(1)

1

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

(1)

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

(–)

Other answers (O/A)

7

(7)

6

7

None of the above (NOTA)

34

(37)

33

35

 Q: The Abe administration has decided to introduce reduced tax rates for food, excluding alcohol and restaurants, when the consumption tax is raised to 10%. Do you approve of the introduction of reduced tax rates?

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

52

53

50

No

40

39

40

 Q: Last December the Japanese and the South Korean governments reached an agreement that resolves the comfort women issue. Do you approve of the agreement?

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

65

67

63

No

25

24

26

 Q: Do you think that the comfort women issue will be resolved by this bilateral agreement?

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

19

20

18

No

72

72

73

 

Q: Upper House elections will be held this summer. Which political party would you vote for in regard to the proportional representation seats if you were to vote now?

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

36

38

35

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto)

10

11

9

Komeito (K or Komeito)

5

4

6

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

7

7

8

Japan Innovation Party (JIP or Ishinnoto)

2

1

2

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

6

8

4

Kaikaku Kesshu no Kai (Assembly of Reform)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

1

1

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

0

1

0

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

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

Other answers (O/A)

18

17

19

 Q: Do you think you will take into account the enactment of the security legislation when deciding who to vote for in the Upper House elections?

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

53

(56)

57

50

No

35

(32)

36

34

 Q: To amend the Constitution requires the approval of “two-thirds or more” of the members of both the Upper and Lower Houses of the Diet. Do you hope pro-revision candidates take two-thirds or more of the seats in the Upper House elections?

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

40

46

35

No

46

45

46

 Q: Minister in Charge of Economic Revitalization Akira Amari resigned from the cabinet amid allegations that he and his secretaries accepted cash from a construction company. Do you think that Prime Minister Abe had a heavy responsibility for having appointed Amari?

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

42

44

40

No

46

46

46

 Q: Do you think that Amari has given a sufficient explanation in regard to this money issue?

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

20

23

18

No

67

66

67

 Q: Prime Minister Abe has appointed former LDP Secretary-General Nobuteru Ishihara as Amari’s successor. Do you approve of this appointment?

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

31

31

31

No

50

54

46

 (Note) Figures rounded off. “0” indicates that the figure was below 0.5%, and “–” denotes that no respondents answered. “No answer” omitted. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the last survey conducted Dec. 5–6. 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.

 

 Polling methodology: The survey was conducted during the two-day period of Jan. 30–31 over the telephone across the nation on a computer-aided random digit sampling (RDS) basis. The survey excluded telephone numbers in municipalities designated as “difficult-to-return” zones due to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. A total of 1,624 households with one or more eligible voters were sampled. Answers were obtained from 1,011 persons (62%).

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