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Opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

  • May 16, 2016
  • , Yomiuri , p. 14
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Questions & answers (%)

Some questions and answers have been omitted. Asterisks indicate that the choices were read aloud to the respondent. Parenthesized figures are the results of the previous survey conducted April 1–3.

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

53(50)

No

34(38)

Other answers (O/A)

5(4)

No answer (N/A)

7(8)

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the foregoing question) Pick only one from among the following reasons for your approval of the Abe cabinet.*

 

Something cane expected of its policy measures

15

The prime minister has leadership ability

15

The prime minister is trustworthy

8

The cabinet’s lineup is good

2

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

13

Because it’s better than its predecessors

43

O/A

1

N/A

3

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the foregoing question) Pick only one from among the following reasons for your disapproval of the Abe cabinet.*

 

Nothing can be expected of its policy measures

34

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

5

The prime minister is untrustworthy

25

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

3

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

23

Because its predecessors were better

5

O/A

2

N/A

3

 

Q: Which political party do you support now?

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

37(37)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

6(6)

Komeito (Komeito)

3(3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2(4)

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

1(2)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0(0)

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

0(0)

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

0(0)

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

–(–)

Other political parties

0(–)

None of the above (NOTA)

47(43)

N/A

4(4)

 

Q: Do you approve of the Abe cabinet’s economic policies?

 

Yes

43

No

43

N/A

15

 

Q: Do you approve of the security-related laws, one of which allows Japan to exercise its right of collective self-defense to a limited extent?

 

Yes

41

No

45

N/A

14

 

Q: Which political party’s candidates or which political party do you think you will vote for in regard to the proportional representation segment of the Upper House elections this summer?*

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

42

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

11

Komeito (Komeito)

5

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

5

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

1

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

1

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

0

Other political parties

0

Undecided

24

N/A

6

 

Q: Will you go vote in the Upper House election? Pick the response that is closest to your thinking now.*

 

Will definitely go vote

56

Intend to vote if possible

35

Will probably not go vote

6

Will not go vote

3

N/A

0

 

Q: Which policy or issue will you prioritize the most in deciding which candidates or political party to vote for in the Upper House election? Select one from the following six.*

 

The economy and jobs

30

Social security, including pensions

32

Childrearing support

13

Energy policy

2

Diplomacy and security

9

Constitutional amendment

9

Other

0

Nothing in particular

1

N/A

4

 

Q: Do you think it would be good if the ruling parties of the LDP and the Komeito maintained a majority of seats in the Upper House after the elections?

 

Yes

49

No

39

N/A

12

 

Q: Do you think it would be okay if Lower House elections were held on the same day as this summer’s Upper House elections?

 

Yes

42

No

44

N/A

15

 

Q: The consumption tax is scheduled to be raised in April next year from 8% to 10%. Do you think the tax rate should be raised as scheduled or do you think the tax hike should be postponed?

 

The tax should be raised as scheduled

25

The tax hike should be postponed

69

N/A

5

 

Q: Do you approve of the government’s handling of the Kumamoto earthquakes?

 

Yes

56

No

30

N/A

14

 

Q: Do you approve of U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to visit Hiroshima?

 

Yes

93

No

3

N/A

4

 

Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during which they agreed to move forward with negotiations regarding the Northern Territories issue. Do you think the issue will move toward resolution?

 

Yes

19

No

73

N/A

8

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted May 13–15 on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis of people age 18 or over with calls placed to land-line and mobile phone numbers. Valid responses were received from a total of 1,146 persons, including 552 persons (out of 917 households) for land-line numbers and 594 persons (out of 1,352 persons) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 60% for land-line numbers and 44% for mobile numbers.

 

Figures are rounded off. In some graphs and charts, the total percentage may not add up to 100%.

 

“0” indicates that the figure was less than 0.5% and “–” denotes that no respondents answered.

 

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