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Opinion poll & results from Mainichi Shimbun

  • 2016-03-08 15:00:00
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(Mainichi: March 8, 2016 – p. 5)

 

 Questions & answers (%)

 (T = total; P = previous; M = male; F = female)

 

 Q: Soon we will mark the fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Do you feel that the Japanese people’s interest in the areas severely impacted by the disaster has faded?

 

T

P

M

F

I often feel that

28

32

24

I sometimes feel that

51

46

56

I seldom feel that

9

10

9

I almost never feel that

4

7

2

 Q: How do you rate the government’s support and reconstruction initiatives for the areas devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake?

 

T

P

M

F

Very highly

5

5

4

Somewhat highly

41

42

41

Not very highly

36

37

36

Not highly at all

9

9

8

 Q: What do you think Japan should do with its nuclear power plants?

 

T

P

M

F

Japan should eliminate the plants immediately

19

19

19

Japan should reduce the number of plants over time

62

60

63

There is no need to reduce the number of plants

9

14

4

 Q: Japan is moving forward with restarting its nuclear power plants. Are you in favor of or opposed to the restart of the plants?

 

T

P

M

F

In favor

30

41

20

Opposed

53

48

57

 

Q: Upper House elections will be held this summer. Which political party would you vote for in regard to the proportional representation seats if you were to vote now?

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

33

(36)

37

30

New party to be formed through merger of Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto) and Japan Innovation Party (JIP or Ishinnoto)

14

15

13

Komeito (Komeito)

4

(5)

4

5

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

7

(7)

7

6

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

5

(6)

6

4

Vision of Reform (Kaikaku Kesshu no Kai)

(–)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

(1)

1

1

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

0

(0)

1

0

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

(–)

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

(–)

Other answers (O/A)

17

(18)

15

18

 Q: The Democratic Party of Japan and the Japan Innovation Party have agreed to merge and form a new political party in March. Do you have high expectations for the new party?

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

26

25

26

No

62

68

57

 Q: The Japanese Communist Party plans to cooperate with other opposition parties in the upcoming Upper House elections by withdrawing its candidates in some single-member electoral districts. Do you think the opposition parties should field unified candidates in the Upper House elections whenever possible?

 

T

P

M

F

The opposition parties should field unified candidates

44

52

37

Fielding unified candidates is not necessary

38

38

37

 Q: There is talk of “double elections,” namely, that the Lower House elections will be held at the same time as the Upper House elections. When do you think the next Lower House elections should be held?

 

T

P

M

F

Same day as the Upper House elections

26

29

22

Within the year but not on the same day as the Upper House elections

24

24

24

Next year or later

30

36

25

 (Note) Figures rounded off. “0” indicates that the figure was below 0.5%, and “–” denotes that no respondents gave that answer. “No answer” omitted. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the last survey conducted Jan. 30–31.

 

 Polling methodology: The survey was conducted during the two-day period of Mar. 5–6 over the telephone across the nation on a computer-aided random digit sampling (RDS) basis. The survey excluded telephone numbers in municipalities designated as “difficult-to-return” zones due to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. A total of 1,736 households with one or more eligible voters were sampled. Answers were obtained from 1,017 persons. The response rate was 59%.

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