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OPINION POLLS

Opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

  • June 6, 2016
  • , Yomiuri , p. 10
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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 May 13–15.

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

53(53)

No

35(34)

Other answers (O/A)

6(5)

No answer (N/A)

5(7)

 

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 can be expected of its policy measures

13

The prime minister has leadership ability

13

The prime minister is trustworthy

7

The cabinet’s lineup is good

2

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

16

Because it’s better than its predecessors

44

O/A

1

N/A

4

 

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

38

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

4

The prime minister is untrustworthy

28

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

3

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

18

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)

40(37)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

6(6)

Komeito (Komeito)

3(3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2(2)

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

1(1)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1(0)

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

0(0)

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

–(0)

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

–(–)

Other political parties

–(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

44(47)

N/A

3(4)

 

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

 

Yes

44

No

44

N/A

12

 

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

40

No

44

N/A

16

 

Q: Are you interested in the Upper House election for which voting will be on July 10?*

 

Very interested

28

Somewhat interested

43

Not very interested

21

Not interested at all

7

N/A

1

 

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

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

42

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

11

Komeito (Komeito)

5

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

5

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

5

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

0

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

0

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

0

Other political parties

Undecided

22

N/A

8

 

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

 

Will definitely go vote

51

Intend to vote if possible

35

Will probably not go vote

8

Will not go vote

5

N/A

1

 

Q: From the following six policies and issues, select the one that you will prioritize the most in the Upper House election?*

 

The economy and jobs

25

Social security, including pensions

38

Childrearing support

15

Energy policy

3

Diplomacy and security

9

Constitutional amendment

6

Other

0

Nothing in particular

2

N/A

3

 

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 election?

 

Yes

54

No

34

N/A

12

 

Q: The consumption tax rate was scheduled to be raised to 10% in April next year. Prime Minister Abe has decided to postpone implementation for two and a half years. Do you approve of this decision to delay the tax hike again?

 

Yes

63

No

31

N/A

6

 

Q: Do you think Prime Minister Abe’s decision to once again postpone the consumption tax hike is a violation of his campaign pledges?

 

Yes

30

No

65

N/A

6

 

Q: Are you concerned that once again delaying the consumption tax hike will hinder social security policy?

 

Yes

54

No

36

N/A

10

 

Q: The G7 Ise-Shima Summit was held in Mie Prefecture. How do you view Prime Minister Abe’s chairmanship of the meeting?

 

Positively

63

Negatively

22

N/A

15

 

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

 

Positively

95

Negatively

3

N/A

2

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on June 3–5 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 1,103 persons, including 541 persons (out of 901 households) for land-line numbers and 562 persons (out of the 1,320 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 60% for land-line numbers and 43% 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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