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Opinion poll & results from Sankei Shimbun

  • 2016-02-23 15:00:00
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(Sankei: February 23, 2016 – p. 5)

 

 Main Questions & Answers of the Sankei-FNN Joint Opinion Poll (%)

 

 Q: Do you support Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet?

 

Yes

48.1

(48.5)

No

41.4

(40.1)

Other answers (O/A)

10.5

(11.4)

 Q: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

37.8

(35.5)

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto)

9.7

(8.4)

Komeito (K or Komeito)

4.5

(5.8)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4.7

(5.3)

Japan Innovation Party (JIP or Ishinnoto)

1.4

(1.6)

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

4.0

(5.3)

Kaikaku Kesshu no Kai (Assembly of Reform)

0

(0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1.5

(1.0)

People’s Life Party & Taro Yamamoto and Friends (PLP/TYF or Seikatsunoto to Yamamoto Taro to Nakamatachi)

0.8

(0.7)

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

0.5

(0.2)

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

0.1

(0)

Other political parties

0.7

(0.5)

None of the above (NOTA)

33.8

(35.5)

O/A

0.5

(0.2)

 Q: Do you approve of the Abe cabinet on the following points?

 

 Prime Minister Abe’s personal character

Yes

58.9

(58.5)

No

33.6

(33.4)

O/A

7.5

(8.1)

 Prime Minister Abe’s leadership

Yes

53.5

(56.5)

No

38.0

(35.1)

O/A

8.5

(8.4)

 Economic policy measures

Yes

30.9

(35.5)

No

59.6

(54.5)

O/A

9.5

(10.0)

 Social security policy

Yes

27.4

(25.8)

No

60.7

(63.5)

O/A

11.9

(10.7)

 

 Foreign and security policies

Yes

47.3

(46.4)

No

43.3

(43.6)

O/A

9.4

(10.0)

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

 

Yes

15.8

No

79.1

O/A

5.1

 Q: Do you expect that the “negative interest rate policy,” which the Bank of Japan introduced for the first time, will bring about a virtuous economic cycle?

 

Yes

17.3

No

66.3

O/A

16.4

 Q: North Korea went ahead with conducting a nuclear test and launching a long-range ballistic missile. How much of a threat do you feel in regard to this?

 

Great threat

42.7

Some threat

42.9

Not much of a threat

10.7

No threat at all

3.2

O/A

0.5

 Q: Do you approve of the Japanese government’s decision to strengthen its unilateral sanctions against the DPRK?

 

Yes

76.4

No

18.3

O/A

5.3

 Q: Upper House elections are scheduled for this summer. If you were to cast your vote now, which political party would you vote for in the proportional representation segment of the elections?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

40.5

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto)

14.3

Komeito (K or Komeito)

5.2

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

6.8

Japan Innovation Party (JIP or Ishinnoto)

2.1

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

5.6

Kaikaku Kesshu no Kai (Assembly of Reform)

0

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1.5

People’s Life Party & Taro Yamamoto and Friends (PLP/TYF or Seikatsunoto to Yamamoto Taro to Nakamatachi)

1.6

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

0.6

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

0.3

Other political parties

8.7

O/A

12.8

 Q: The following questions concern this summer’s Upper House elections.

 

 Do you think it would be good for the ruling parties of the LDP and Komeito to continue to hold a majority of seats after the Upper House elections?

Yes

51.9

No

41.3

O/A

6.8

 Do you think it would be all right for the House of Representatives elections to be held on the same day as the House of Councillors elections?

Yes

52.5

No

39.3

O/A

8.2

 Do you think it would be good for those seeking to amend the Constitution to gain a majority of two-thirds or more of the seats in the Upper House, which would enable them to propose legislation to revise the Constitution, as a result of the elections?

Yes

40.9

No

49.8

O/A

9.3

 The voting age is to be lowered to 18 starting from this summer’s Upper House elections. Do you have high expectations regarding the participation of the young generation in politics?

Yes

60.6

No

36.8

O/A

2.6

 Q: Which of the following issues will you factor in when deciding which political party or candidate to vote for in the Upper House elections this summer?

 

Yes

No

O/A

Enactment of the security-related legislation that allows the limited exercise of the right to collective self-defense

65.3

27.7

7.0

Constitutional amendment

68.7

25.8

5.5

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact

61.0

28.9

10.1

Raising of the consumption tax to 10% from April 2017

64.5

32.8

2.7

Gaffes and scandals by cabinet members and ruling party parliamentarians

54.3

41.8

3.9

Resignation of Lower House member Kensuke Miyazaki as parliamentarian after admitting to having an affair with a model

41.0

56.0

3.0

 Q: The following questions concern the cooperative ties among the opposition parties with an eye on this summer’s Upper House elections.

 

 Do you hope that the DPJ and JIP will become one party?

Yes

32.5

No

63.1

O/A

4.4

 Do you think it would be best for the DPJ, JCP, and other opposition parties to put up unified candidates as much as possible in the Upper House election constituencies?

Yes

52.7

No

37.9

O/A

9.4

 Q: The following questions concern the statements made by and character of cabinet members and ruling party parliamentarians.

 

 What do you think of former Minister in Charge of Economic Revitalization Akira Amari’s resignation from the cabinet amid allegations that he and his secretaries accepted bribes and mediated in compensation negotiations?

It makes sense that he resigned

67.2

There was no need for him to resign

29.5

O/A

3.3

 Environment Minister Tamayo Marukawa said that the government had “absolutely no scientific grounds” for its long-term target for radiation decontamination after the Fukushima nuclear plant accident. She later retracted the remark. Do you think Marukawa is appropriate as a cabinet member?

Yes

18.4

No

70.7

O/A

10.9

 Lower House member Kensuke Miyazaki, who had announced that he would take paternity leave (a [first] for a parliamentarian), resigned after admitting to having an affair with a model while his wife was pregnant. What do you think of the fact that he resigned over having an affair?

It makes sense that he resigned

78.0

There was no need for him to resign

18.8

O/A

3.2

 LDP Lower House member Kazuya Maruyama said, “In the United States, a black man is president [of the country] now. He is in a bloodline of black people who were slaves.” Do you think that this statement merits his resignation as parliamentarian?

Yes

56.8

No

36.8

O/A

6.4

 Q: The following questions concern politics and society.

 

 Do you think the current Constitution is suitable for today’s world?

Yes

33.2

No

54.9

O/A

11.9

 Are you in favor of raising the consumption tax to 10% from April 2017?

Yes

35.2

No

60.7

O/A

4.1

 Are you in favor of Japan’s accepting large numbers of immigrants and refugees?

Yes

20.2

No

68.9

O/A

10.9

 (Note) Parenthesized figures denote the results of the last survey conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network on Jan. 23–24, 2016. “O/A” for “other answers” denotes “don’t know,” “can’t say,” etc.

 

 Polling methodology: The survey was conducted until the calculated number of responses was obtained, by placing telephone calls on a random digit dialing (RDD) basis adjusted to the gender and age composition of each survey area. A total of 1,000 men and women, aged 20 and over, across the nation were surveyed.

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