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[Kyodo News] Opinion poll & results from Tokyo Shimbun

  • 2016-02-23 15:00:00
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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(Tokyo Shimbun: February 23, 2016 – p. 6)

 

 Questions & answers (%)

 (Figures in parentheses are the results of the last survey conducted Jan. 30–31.)

 

 Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

46.7

(53.7)

No

38.9

(35.3)

Don’t know (D/K) + no answer (N/A)

14.4

(11.0)

 

Q2: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the previous question) What’s the primary reason for your approval of the Abe cabinet?

 

The prime minister is trustworthy

10.8

(9.2)

Because it’s a coalition cabinet of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and Komeito

13.7

(10.9)

The prime minister has leadership ability

13.1

(17.7)

Something can be expected of its economic policies

9.0

(15.6)

Something can be expected of its foreign policy

7.9

(8.4)

Something can be expected of its political reforms

3.5

(1.6)

Something can be expected of its tax reforms

0.3

(0.9)

Something can be expected of its administrative reforms

0.5

(0.8)

There’s no other appropriate person [for prime minister]

39.8

(33.7)

Other answers (O/A)

0.6

(0.7)

D/K+N/A

0.8

(0.5)

 

Q3: (Only for those who answered “no” to the first question) What’s the primary reason for your disapproval of the Abe cabinet?

 

The prime minister is untrustworthy

19.5

(16.2)

Because it’s a coalition cabinet of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and Komeito

9.6

(11.0)

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

2.9

(4.3)

Nothing can be expected of its economic policies

26.7

(26.0)

Nothing can be expected of its foreign policy

4.1

(2.1)

Nothing can be expected of its political reforms

8.8

(9.6)

Nothing can be expected of its tax reforms

6.1

(7.9)

Nothing can be expected of its administrative reforms

4.7

(3.5)

Don’t like the prime minister’s personal character

12.5

(12.5)

O/A

4.8

(6.2)

D/K+N/A

0.3

(0.7)

 Q4: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

38.1

(42.1)

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto)

9.3

(9.5)

Komeito (K or Komeito)

4.3

(4.1)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4.5

(3.4)

Japan Innovation Party (JIP or Ishinnoto)

1.2

(0.3)

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

4.0

(4.5)

Vision of Reform (Kaikaku Kesshu no Kai)

(–)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1.1

(1.3)

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

0.8

(0.5)

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

0.1

(–)

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

0.1

(–)

Other political parties, groups

0.2

(0.1)

None of the above (NOTA)

35.5

(33.3)

D/K+N/A

0.8

(0.9)

 Q5: LDP Lower House member Kensuke Miyazaki, who had announced he was considering taking paternity leave when his wife (also an LDP Lower House member) gave birth, resigned and left the LDP after admitting to having an affair with a model. What do you think about his resignation?

 

It makes sense that he resigned

85.6

It was not necessary for him to resign

12.1

D/K+N/A

2.3

 Q6: Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Sanae Takaichi said that broadcast stations could be ordered to cease operations if they repeatedly present politically biased content. The opposition parties and others have said that her comments threaten freedom of the press. What do you think about her comments?

 

I think her remarks threaten freedom of the press

29.4

Generally, I think that her remarks threaten freedom of the press

38.0

Generally, I don’t think that her remarks threaten freedom of the press

12.8

I don’t think her remarks threaten freedom of the press

11.4

D/K+N/A

8.4

 Q7: There has been a series of scandals and gaffes involving ministers in the Abe cabinet and LDP Diet members. Do you think that members of the government and ruling bloc have been lax in their duties?

 

Yes

77.7

No

18.1

D/K+N/A

4.2

 Q8: An expert panel has submitted a proposal to the Speaker of the House of Representatives that the number of seats in the Lower House be cut by 10. What is your view on this matter?

 

The number of seats should be reduced starting from the next Lower House election

50.6

The number of seats should be reduced, but it does not have to start from the next Lower House election

35.5

There is no need to reduce the number of seats

8.1

O/A

0.4

D/K+N/A

5.4

 Q9: Do you think that the Democratic Party of Japan and the Japan Innovation Party should merge and form a single party?

 

The parties should form a single party

20.9

There is no need for the parties to form a single party

65.9

D/K+N/A

13.2

 Q10: Five opposition parties have jointly submitted to the Lower House bills that aim to scrap the security laws that allow Japan to exercise its right to collective self-defense, saying that the legislation is unconstitutional. Do you think the security-related laws should be scrapped?

 

Yes

38.1

No

47.0

D/K+N/A

14.9

 Q11: With the aim of increasing financial institutions’ lending to companies, the Bank of Japan has introduced negative interest rates. Do you expect the measure will bolster the economy?

 

Yes

10.0

No

82.2

D/K+N/A

7.8

 Q12: The Japanese government strengthened its unilateral sanctions against North Korea in response to that country’s missile launch and nuclear test. Do you approve of this?

 

Yes

73.8

No

19.8

D/K+N/A

6.4

 Q13: Which political party or political group do you intend to vote for in the proportional representation segment of the Upper House elections this summer?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

33.7

(38.4)

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto)

9.9

(12.5)

Komeito (K or Komeito)

4.8

(3.8)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

5.3

(4.7)

Japan Innovation Party (JIP or Ishinnoto)

0.7

(0.6)

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

3.8

(5.3)

Vision of Reform (Kaikaku Kesshu no Kai)

(0.1)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.8

(1.5)

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

0.8

(0.5)

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

0.1

(0.3)

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

(–)

Other political parties, groups

0.2

(–)

D/K+N/A

39.9

(32.3)

 

 Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by telephone of voters across the nation on Feb. 20–21 on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis. However, the survey excluded some areas in Fukushima Prefecture. Among randomly generated telephone numbers, those actually for household use with one or more eligible voters totaled 1,454. Answers were obtained from 1,015 persons.

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