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Opinion poll & results from Asahi Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures rounded off. Some questions and answers have been omitted. All questions were asked of all respondents except for those questions indented and marked with a bullet, which are subquestions. The figures given for subquestions are percentages of the respondents in the given category. Bracketed figures denote proportions to all respondents. Parenthesized figures are the results of the previous survey taken April 9–10.)

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

43

(45)

No

33

(34)

 

  • Q: Why or why not? (Pick one reason only. Left column for the 43% who answered “yes” to the previous question, and right column for the 33% who said “no.”)

 

 

The prime minister is Mr. Abe

13[6]

9[3]

It’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

26[11]

20[7]

Policies

35[15]

60[20]

No particular reason

20[9]

8[3]

 

  • Q: (Only for the 43% who answered “yes” to the foregoing question) Do you think you will continue to support the Abe cabinet, or do you think you will not necessarily continue to do so?

 

 

Continue to support the Abe cabinet

44[19]

 

Not necessarily continue to support the Abe cabinet

51[22]

 

 

  • Q: (Only for the 33% who answered “no” to the foregoing question) Do you think you will continue to not support the Abe cabinet, or do you think you may support the Abe cabinet in the future?

 

 

Continue to not support the Abe cabinet

64[21]

 

May support the Abe cabinet in the future

31[10]

 

 

Q: Which political party do you support now? Please answer by giving the name of the party.

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

37

(38)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

7

(8)

Komeito (Komeito)

3

(3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3

(3)

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)

Assembly to Energize Japan (AEJ or Nippon wo Genki ni Suru Kai)

0

(0)

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

0

(0)

Other political parties

0

(1)

None of the above (NOTA)

38

(34)

No answer (N/A) + Don’t know (D/K)

11

(11)

 

Q: Upper House elections will be held this summer. If you were to cast your vote now, which political party or which political party’s candidate would you vote for in the proportional representation portion? (Pick one party only.)

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

41

(40)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

13

(15)

Komeito (Komeito)

5

(4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

5

(5)

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

4

(6)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

2

(0)

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

0

(1)

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

0

(1)

Assembly to Energize Japan (AEJ or Nippon wo Genki ni Suru Kai)

0

(0)

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

0

(0)

Other political parties

1

(2)

No answer (N/A) + Don’t know (D/K)

29

(26)

 

Q: Do you think it would be good if the ruling parties increased the number of seats that they hold as a result of this summer’s Upper House elections, that the opposition parties increased their number of seats, or that the apportionment of seats did not change from the current situation?

 

It would be good if the ruling parties increased the number of seats they hold

17

 

It would be good if the opposition parties increased their number of seats

36

 

It would be good if the apportionment of seats did not change from the current situation

32

 

 

Q: Do you have high expectations that the Japanese economy will grow under Prime Minister Abe’s economic policies?

 

Yes

28

 

No

50

 

 

Q: The consumption tax is scheduled to be raised to 10% in April next year. Do you think that the increase to 10% should be postponed?

 

Yes

59

(59)

No

29

(32)

 

Q: How concerned are you that raising the consumption tax rate will have a negative impact on the economy? (Pick one response only.)

 

Very concerned

27

 

Somewhat concerned

52

 

Not very concerned

15

 

Not concerned at all

3

 

 

Q: How concerned are you that postponing the tax hike will have a negative impact on social security? (Pick one response only.)

 

Very concerned

18

(17)

Somewhat concerned

47

(47)

Not very concerned

25

(25)

Not concerned at all

5

(6)

 

Q: Do you have a positive view of the government’s handling of the recent earthquakes in Kumamoto Prefecture?

 

Yes

54

 

No

29

 

 

Q: Do you have a positive view of U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to visit Hiroshima?

 

Yes

89

 

No

4

 

 

Q: Do you anticipate a movement toward creating “a world free of nuclear weapons” with Obama’s visit to Hiroshima?

 

Yes

36

 

No

50

 

 

Q: What are your views on the U.S. decision to drop atomic bombs [on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II]? (Pick one response only.)

 

It was inhumane and is unforgiveable

31

 

It was inhumane, but I am not resentful about it now

33

 

It was an unavoidable step for America

22

 

It was natural given that it was war

8

 

 

Q: Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe is facing allegations for misuse of political funds, including spending such monies on family trips. The governor has said that an outside party will conduct an investigation into the matter and indicated that he will not step down from his post. Do you think Governor Masuzoe is handling the matter appropriately?

 

Yes

8

 

No

83

 

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted May 21–22 over the telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis. Respondents were chosen from among the nation’s voting population (excluding some districts in Fukushima Prefecture). Households with one or more eligible voters totaled 3,974. Valid answers were obtained from 1,877 persons (47%).

 

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