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Opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

  • 2016-02-16 15:00:00
  • , Yomiuri
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(Yomiuri: February 16, 2016 – p. 26)

 

 Questions & answers (%)

 Some questions and answers have been omitted. Asterisks indicate that the choices were read aloud to the respondent. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the last survey conducted Jan. 30–31.

 

 Q: Do you support the Abe Cabinet?

 

Yes

52(56)

No

36(34)

Other answers (O/A)

5(2)

No answer (N/A)

7(7)

 

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

10

The prime minister has leadership ability

18

The prime minister is trustworthy

7

The cabinet’s lineup is good

2

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

16

Because it’s better than its predecessors

42

O/A

1

N/A

4

 

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

29

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

4

The prime minister is untrustworthy

23

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

7

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

28

Because its predecessors were better

2

O/A

3

N/A

4

 

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

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

42(40)

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto)

7(7)

Komeito (K or Komeito)

3(4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(4)

Japan Innovation Party (JIP or Ishinnoto)

0(0)

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

1(2)

Kaikaku Kesshu no Kai (Assembly of Reform)

–(–)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0(0)

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

–(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(–)

None of the above (NOTA)

40(39)

N/A

3(3)

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

 

Yes

39

No

44

N/A

17

 Q: Do you feel a tangible sense of economic recovery under the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

16

No

77

N/A

7

 Q: Do you approve of the security-related laws, one of which allows Japan to exercise its right of collective self-defense to a limited extent?

 

Yes

36

No

48

N/A

16

 

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)

40

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto)

12

Komeito (K or Komeito)

4

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4

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

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

0

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

0

Other political parties

0

Undecided

23

N/A

8

 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

46

No

35

N/A

20

 Q: To submit constitutional amendments to the people for ratification requires that the proposed amendments be approved by two-thirds or more of the members of both the Upper and Lower Houses of the Diet. Do you think it would be good if pro-revision candidates take two-thirds or more of the seats in the Upper House elections?

 

Yes

36

No

46

N/A

18

 Q: Do you hope that the Democratic Party of Japan and the Japan Innovation Party form a single party?

 

Yes

21

No

67

N/A

11

 Q: To what degree do you feel a threat from North Korea’s missile launch? Pick one of the following four.*

 

Great threat

42

Some threat

38

Not much threat

13

No threat at all

5

N/A

2

 Q: Do you approve of the Japanese government’s decision to strength its unilateral sanctions against North Korea in response to that country’s firing of a missile?

 

Yes

76

No

14

N/A

10

 Q: Do you think that the international community’s strengthening of sanctions against North Korea will result in the DPRK’s discontinuation of its nuclear and missile development?

 

Yes

31

No

56

N/A

13

 Polling methodology: The survey was conducted Feb. 12–14 across the nation on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis. Households with one or more eligible voters totaled 1,743. Valid answers were obtained from 1,060 persons (61%). 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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