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Kyodo News opinion poll & results from Tokyo Shimbun

  • May 1, 2016
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 4
  • Translation

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures in parentheses are the results of the last survey conducted March 26–27.)

 

Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

48.3

(48.4)

No

40.3

(39.5)

Don’t know (D/K) + No answer (N/A)

11.4

(12.1)

 

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

 

The prime minister is trustworthy

13.6

(8.7)

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

14.4

(9.9)

The prime minister has leadership ability

16.9

(18.0)

Something can be expected of its economic policies

11.5

(13.9)

Something can be expected of its foreign policy

4.4

(8.0)

Something can be expected of its political reforms

2.2

(3.4)

Something can be expected of its tax reforms

0.8

(1.4)

Something can be expected of its administrative reforms

0.8

(0.8)

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

33.0

(33.7)

Other answers (O/A)

2.1

(0.8)

D/K+N/A

0.3

(1.4)

 

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

 

The prime minister is untrustworthy

17.0

(15.8)

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

6.0

(8.2)

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

2.2

(3.2)

Nothing can be expected of its economic policies

35.3

(25.8)

Nothing can be expected of its foreign policy

2.3

(2.0)

Nothing can be expected of its political reforms

8.0

(10.5)

Nothing can be expected of its tax reforms

8.5

(7.8)

Nothing can be expected of its administrative reforms

2.7

(7.2)

Don’t like the prime minister’s personal character

9.2

(9.7)

O/A

7.2

(9.2)

D/K+N/A

1.6

(0.6)

 

Q4: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

37.2

(41.3)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

9.2

(8.0)

Komeito (K or Komeito)

4.4

(4.6)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

5.3

(5.8)

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

3.6

(3.3)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1.5

(0.8)

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

0.5

(0.3)

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

0.1

(0.1)

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

0.6

(0.1)

Other political parties, groups

(–)

None of the above (NOTA)

35.7

(35.1)

D/K+N/A

1.9

(0.6)

 

Q5: Do you approve of the Abe administration’s response to the earthquakes in Kumamoto and Oita Prefectures?

 

Yes

16.2

 

Generally yes

48.3

 

Generally no

21.7

 

No

10.0

 

D/K+N/A

3.8

 

 

Q6: What do you think about holding Lower House elections at the same time as the summer Upper House elections?

 

It would be better to hold them at the same time

44.5

(44.3)

It would be better not to hold them at the same time

45.1

(41.2)

D/K+N/A

10.4

(14.5)

 

Q7: Do you approve of the opposition parties’ fielding of unified candidates in the upcoming Upper House election

 

Yes

20.2

 

Generally yes

32.4

 

Generally no

20.6

 

No

18.5

 

D/K+N/A

8.3

 

 

Q8: Are you in favor or opposed to amending the Constitution under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe?

 

In favor

33.4

 

Opposed

56.5

 

D/K+N/A

10.1

 

 

Q9: Will you factor in the security-related legislation, which permits Japan to exercise its right to collective self-defense, when making your decision about how to vote in the Upper House elections?

 

Yes

59.5

 

No

35.3

 

D/K+N/A

5.2

 

 

Q10: Are you in favor or opposed to raising the consumption tax rate to 10% starting from April next year?

 

In favor

28.6

(31.3)

Opposed

66.9

(64.6)

D/K+N/A

4.5

(4.1)

 

Q11: Do you feel that disparities in living standards between Japan’s rich and poor have worsened due to “Abenomics,” the Abe administration’s economic policy package?

 

Yes

57.0

 

No

34.6

 

D/K+N/A

8.4

 

 

Q12: 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)

33.1

(38.1)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

12.2

(10.5)

Komeito (K or Komeito)

5.1

(4.7)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

6.3

(6.5)

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

4.0

(4.7)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1.3

(0.7)

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

0.2

(0.4)

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

0.4

(0.1)

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

0.1

(0.4)

Other political parties, groups

0.3

(0.1)

D/K+N/A

37.0

(33.8)

 

(Note) Figures rounded off to one decimal place. The symbol “–” denotes that no respondents gave that answer.

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis targeting voters across the nation on April 29–30. However, the survey excluded some areas in Fukushima, Kumamoto, and Oita Prefectures. Among randomly generated telephone numbers, those actually for household use with one or more eligible voters totaled 1,457. Answers were obtained from 1,017 persons.

 

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