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Kyodo News opinion poll & results from Tokyo Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures in parentheses are the results of the last survey conducted April 29–30.)

 

Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

55.3

(48.3)

No

33.0

(40.3)

Don’t know (D/K) + No answer (N/A)

11.7

(11.4)

 

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

12.4

(13.6)

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

12.8

(14.4)

The prime minister has leadership ability

12.2

(16.9)

Something can be expected of its economic policies

10.1

(11.5)

Something can be expected of its foreign policy

9.4

(4.4)

Something can be expected of its political reforms

1.7

(2.2)

Something can be expected of its tax reforms

2.1

(0.8)

Something can be expected of its administrative reforms

1.0

(0.8)

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

37.7

(33.0)

Other answers (O/A)

0.5

(2.1)

D/K+N/A

0.1

(0.3)

 

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

20.0

(17.0)

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

13.1

(6.0)

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

3.8

(2.2)

Nothing can be expected of its economic policies

29.7

(35.3)

Nothing can be expected of its foreign policy

1.8

(2.3)

Nothing can be expected of its political reforms

6.0

(8.0)

Nothing can be expected of its tax reforms

7.8

(8.5)

Nothing can be expected of its administrative reforms

3.1

(2.7)

Don’t like the prime minister’s personal character

11.5

(9.2)

O/A

2.9

(7.2)

D/K+N/A

0.3

(1.6)

 

Q4: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

44.4

(37.2)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

8.7

(9.2)

Komeito (K or Komeito)

2.5

(4.4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3.5

(5.3)

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

2.6

(3.6)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.8

(1.5)

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

0.5

(0.5)

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

0.5

(0.1)

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

0.1

(0.6)

Other political parties, groups

0.2

(–)

None of the above (NOTA)

35.3

(35.7)

D/K+N/A

0.9

(1.9)

 

Q5: At the Ise-Shima G7 Summit held in Mie Prefecture, leaders confirmed they would work together to avert world economic crises and to achieve sustainable economic growth. Do you approve of the results of the summit?

 

Yes

20.8

 

Generally yes

57.6

 

Generally no

13.5

 

No

4.8

 

D/K+N/A

3.3

 

 

Q6: At the Ise-Shima Summit, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that current global economic conditions appear similar to the situation before the 2008 collapse of U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. Do you agree?

 

Yes

28.0

 

No

51.9

 

D/K+N/A

20.1

 

 

Q7: How do you view U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima?

 

Positively

98.0

 

Not positively

1.1

 

D/K+N/A

0.9

 

 

Q8: While in Hiroshima, U.S. President Barack Obama expressed his determination to achieve a “world without nuclear weapons,” but did not apologize for the U.S. decision to drop atomic bombs [on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945]. Do you think that Obama should have apologized?

 

He should have apologized

18.3

 

An apology was not necessary

74.7

 

D/K+N/A

7.0

 

 

Q9: Are you in favor or opposed to amending the Constitution under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe?

 

In favor

35.0

(33.4)

Opposed

54.9

(56.5)

D/K+N/A

10.1

(10.1)

 

Q10: Do you think that the economy will improve under “Abenomics,” the Abe administration’s economic policy package?

 

Yes

25.9

 

No

64.1

 

D/K+N/A

10.0

 

 

Q11: Are you in favor or opposed to once again postponing the increase in the consumption tax rate to 10% which is currently scheduled to be implemented from April 2017?

 

In favor

70.9

 

Opposed

24.7

 

D/K+N/A

4.4

 

 

Q12: In connection with the arrest of a former U.S. Marine, who is a civilian employee of the U.S. military in Okinawa, over the death of a local woman, Okinawa Prefecture is requesting that the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement be revised while the national government is more cautious about the matter. Do you think the agreement should be revised?

 

The agreement should be revised

71.0

 

Revision of the agreement is not necessary

17.9

 

D/K+N/A

11.1

 

 

Q13: Which political party or political group do you intend to vote for in the proportional representation segment of the Upper House elections?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

40.3

(33.1)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

10.6

(12.2)

Komeito (K or Komeito)

4.0

(5.1)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3.2

(6.3)

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

3.8

(4.0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.9

(1.3)

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

0.5

(0.2)

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

1.1

(0.4)

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

(0.1)

Other political parties, groups

0.4

(0.3)

D/K+N/A

35.2

(37.0)

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis targeting voters across the nation on May 28–29. However, the survey excluded some areas in Fukushima Prefecture. Among randomly generated telephone numbers, those actually for household use with one or more eligible voters totaled 1,471. Responses were obtained from 1,026 persons.

 

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