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Opinion poll & results from Asahi Shimbun

  • 2016-02-16 15:00:00
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(Asahi: February 16, 2016 – p. 4)

 

 Questions & answers (%)

 Figures rounded off. Some questions and answers have been omitted. All questions were asked of all respondents except for those questions indented and marked with a bullet, which are subquestions. The figures given for subquestions are percentages of the respondents in the given category. Bracketed figures denote proportions to all respondents. Parenthesized figures are the results of the previous survey taken Jan. 16–17.

 

 Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

40

(42)

No

38

(38)

  • Q: Why or why not? (Pick one reason only. Left column for the 40% who answered “yes” to the previous question, and right column for the 38% who said “no.”)

The prime minister is Mr. Abe

16[6]

8[3]

It’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

20[8]

23[9]

Policies

42[17]

58[22]

No particular reason

18[7]

10[4]

  • Q: (Only for the 40% 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

47[19]

Not necessarily continue to support the Abe cabinet

51[20]

  • Q: (Only for the 38% 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

63[24]

May support the Abe cabinet in the future

30[11]

 

Q: Which political party do you support now? Please answer by giving the name of the party.

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

34

(36)

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto)

8

(8)

Komeito (K or Komeito)

3

(3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3

(4)

Japan Innovation Party (JIP or Nippon Ishinnoto)

1

(1)

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

2

(2)

Kaikaku Kesshu no Kai (Assembly of Reform)

0

(0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

(1)

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

0

(0)

Assembly to Energize Japan (AEJ or Nippon o Genkinisurukai)

0

(0)

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

0

(0)

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

0

(0)

Other political parties

0

(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

39

(36)

No answer (N/A) + Don’t know (D/K)

9

(9)

 

Q: Upper House elections will be held this summer. If you were to cast your vote now, which political party or which political party’s candidate would you vote for in the proportional representation portion? (Pick one party only.)

 

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

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

37

(39)

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto)

16

(14)

Komeito (K or Komeito)

5

(4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

7

(8)

Japan Innovation Party (JIP or Nippon Ishinnoto)

2

(2)

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

6

(6)

Kaikaku Kesshu no Kai (Assembly of Reform)

0

(0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

(1)

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

1

(0)

Assembly to Energize Japan (AEJ or Nippon o Genkinisurukai)

0

(0)

0

(0)

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

0

(0)

Other political parties

1

(2)

No answer (N/A) + Don’t know (D/K)

24

(24)

 Q: Do you think that the Democratic Party of Japan and the Japan Innovation Party should each disband and create a new party together or that they should stay as they are?

 

They should create a new party together

22

They should stay as they are

49

 Q: Akira Amari, former minister in charge of economic revitalization, resigned as a member of the cabinet amid allegations that he and his secretaries had accepted cash from a construction company. Do you think it makes sense that Amari resigned or that it was not necessary for him to resign?

 

It makes sense that Amari resigned

62

It was not necessary for him to resign

27

 Q: Do you think that the image of the Abe cabinet has improved, worsened, or remains unchanged with the Amari scandal?

 

Improved

1

Worsened

33

Remains unchanged

61

 

· Q: (Only for the 61% who answered “remains unchanged” to the foregoing question) Why?

 

Because PM Abe appropriately handled the matter

12[7]

Because the matter was unrelated to the Abe cabinet’s policies

45[27]

Because I did not approve of the Abe cabinet from before

24[14]

Because I am not interested

13[8]

 Q: Kensuke Miyazaki, the LDP Lower House member who intended to take paternity leave [a first for a male MP in Japan], has announced his resignation as parliamentarian over an extramarital affair. Do you think that it makes sense that he resigned or that it was not necessary for him to resign?

 

It makes sense that Miyazaki resigned

79

It was not necessary for him to resign

13

 Q: Do you think the Japanese economy can be expected to grow under PM Abe’s economic policies?

 

Yes

32

No

49

 Q: With an eye to increasing financial institutions’ lending to companies, the Bank of Japan has announced a “negative interest rate policy” for the first time ever. Do you think economic recovery can be expected under this policy?

 

Yes

13

No

61

 Q: Do you approve of restarting nuclear power plants whose operation is currently suspended?

 

Yes

31

No

54

 Q: Do you think that interest in the victims of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident is gradually fading or lessening?

 

Yes

70

No

24

 Q: North Korea launched what was effectively a long-range ballistic missile on Feb. 7. Do you approve of the way the Abe cabinet handled the matter?

 

Yes

54

No

24

 Polling methodology: The survey was conducted Feb. 13–14 over the telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis. Respondents were chosen from among the nation’s voting population (excluding some districts in Fukushima Prefecture). Households with one or more eligible voters totaled 3,909. Valid answers were obtained from 1,943 persons (50%).

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