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Opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

  • 2016-02-26 15:00:00
  • , Yomiuri
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(Yomiuri: February 26, 2016 – p. 12)

 

 Questions & answers (%)

 Some questions and answers have been omitted.

 

 Q: Over three years have passed since the second Abe cabinet took office in December 2012. Do you approve overall of the Abe cabinet’s economic policies over these three plus years?

 

Yes

42

No

57

No answer (N/A)

2

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the foregoing question) Why do you approve of the policies? Pick up to three from among the following.

 

Because deflation has ended

32

Because the yen has depreciated

37

Because pay has increased

9

Because the business performance primarily of major corporations has improved

44

Because stock prices have risen

39

Because the unemployment rate has declined

34

Other answers (O/A)

5

N/A

2

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the foregoing question) Why do you disapprove of the policies? Pick up to three from among the following.

 

Because commodity prices have risen

45

Because the yen has depreciated

8

Because pay has not increased

60

Because the business performance of small and medium-sized enterprises has not improved sufficiently

46

Because economic disparity has expanded

55

Because irregular employment has increased

27

O/A

3

N/A

2

 

Q: Do you have a tangible sense of economic recovery today?

 

Yes

16

No

84

N/A

1

 Q: Do you expect that the Japanese economy will improve in the future under the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

34

No

65

N/A

2

 Q: Has the amount of money that your family can freely spend increased, decreased, or stayed the same over the past two to three years?

 

Increased

7

Decreased

42

Stayed the same

50

N/A

1

 Q: Over the past two to three years, has your family been holding down expenditures, including shopping?

 

Very much so

13

Somewhat

65

Not really

20

Not at all

2

N/A

0

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “very much so” or “somewhat” to the foregoing question) Why is your family holding down expenditures? Select up to three from the following.

 

Because we don’t think that our pay and earnings will increase in the future

63

Because we are concerned about old age, including pensions, medical care, and nursing care

72

Because we are not well off

52

Because we want to save for the future

39

Because there is nothing that we want to buy

7

Because we feel like it

6

O/A

3

N/A

0

 Q: What kinds of policies do you hope the government will take to improve people’s life circumstances and the economy? Select up to three from the following.

 

Reduce income tax, etc.

48

Disburse benefits, allowances, etc.

19

Reduce the burden of childrearing and education costs

36

Decrease the burden of medical care and nursing care expenses

57

Enhance social security, including pensions

63

Increase employment opportunities

23

Support companies through such means as reducing corporate tax

6

Expand public works projects

5

O/A

4

Nothing in particular

1

N/A

1

 Q: One viewpoint on how to achieve economic recovery says that “if the business performance of large corporations improves, then that of small and medium-sized enterprises will also improve and workers’ wages will also increase.” Do you think that this viewpoint is appropriate?

 

Yes

35

No

63

N/A

2

 Q: Which of the following two opinions about fiscal reconstruction and the economy is closer to your thinking?

 

(A) Priority should be placed on fiscal reconstruction rather than the economy so that as much as possible national debt is not increased.

 

(B) Priority should be placed on the economy rather than fiscal reconstruction even if that means that national debt increases.

 

Close to (A)

58

Close to (B)

33

O/A

4

N/A

5

 Q: The consumption tax rate is set to be increased from 8% to 10% in April 2017. Which of the following is closest to your thinking regarding the increase of the tax to 10%? Pick one.

 

The consumption tax rate should be increased to 10% in April 2017 as scheduled

22

Raising the consumption tax rate is necessary, but implementation should be postponed

32

The consumption tax rate should not be increased from the current 8%

40

O/A

4

N/A

1

 Q: Twelve countries, including Japan and the United States, have reached a basic agreement to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact (TPP), under which trade, including agricultural transactions, will be liberalized. Do you think that the positive impact of the TPP on the Japanese economy will outweigh the negative or vice versa? Or do you think that the positives and negatives will be about equal?

 

Positive impact will outweigh the negative

20

Negative impact will outweigh the positive

25

The positives and negatives will be about equal

52

N/A

2

 Q: Under the current social security system, the young generation covers the pension, medical care, and nursing care expenses of the elderly. Are you concerned that this kind of social security system will not be sustainable with the rapid graying of society and decrease in the birthrate?

 

Very concerned

70

Somewhat concerned

28

Not very concerned

2

Not concerned at all

0

N/A

0

 Q: Which of the following two opinions about the relationship between the social security system and individuals’ taxes and social security premiums is closer to your thinking?

 

(A) It would be okay if taxes and premiums increased in the future in order to maintain the current level of social security.

 

(B) Taxes and premiums should not be raised even if that means that the level of social security decreases.

 

Close to (A)

36

Close to (B)

49

O/A

10

N/A

5

 Polling methodology: The mail-in survey targeted a total of 3,000 persons chosen randomly from among all eligible voters throughout the country (at 250 locations on a stratified two-stage random-sampling basis). The questionnaire was sent out on Jan. 13 to those sampled out for the survey and was sent back from 2,032 persons by Feb. 16. Valid answers were obtained from 1,997 persons (67%), excluding those not subject to the survey.

 

 Breakdown of respondents: Male: 48%, female: 52%; persons in their 20s: 10%, 30s: 14%, 40s: 19%, 50s: 17%, 60s: 20%, 70 and over: 20%.

 

 (Note) Figures may not add up to 100% due to rounding. “0” denotes less than 0.5%.

 

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