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Opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

  • June 20, 2016
  • , Yomiuri , p. 8
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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 June 3–5.

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

49(53)

No

38(35)

Other answers (O/A)

4(6)

No answer (N/A)

9(5)

 

Q: Which political party do you support now? Please name only one.

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

35(40)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

9(6)

Komeito (Komeito)

4(3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(2)

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

2(1)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1(1)

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)

40(44)

N/A

6(3)

 

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

 

Yes

36

No

45

N/A

19

 

Q: Do you feel a tangible sense of economic recovery under the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

17

No

74

N/A

10

 

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

37

No

42

N/A

21

 

Q: Are you interested in the Upper House election for which voting will be on July 10? Select one from the following four responses.*

 

Very interested

30

Somewhat interested

40

Not very interested

22

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? Select only one from the following.*

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

35

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

12

Komeito (Komeito)

7

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

7

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

26

N/A

7

 

Q: Will you go vote in the Upper House election? From the following four responses, pick the one that is closest to your thinking now.*

 

Will definitely go vote

55

Intend to vote if possible

33

Will probably not go vote

7

Will not go vote

5

N/A

0

 

Q: From the following six policies and issues, select the one that you will prioritize the most in deciding what candidate or political party to vote for in the Upper House election?*

 

The economy and jobs

26

Social security, including pensions

34

Childrearing support

13

Energy policy

2

Diplomacy and security

10

Constitutional amendment

9

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 as a result of the election?

 

Yes

49

No

36

N/A

15

 

Q: To submit constitutional amendments to the people requires a two-thirds or more affirmative vote from both the Upper and Lower Houses. Do you think it would be good if those in favor of amending the Constitution won two-thirds or more of the seats in the Upper House as a result of the upcoming election?

 

Yes

40

No

44

N/A

17

 

Q: Do you approve of the move by the four opposition parties – Democratic Party, Japanese Communist Party, Social Democratic Party, and People’s Life Party – to field unified candidates for the single-seat district races?

 

Yes

40

No

36

N/A

24

 

Q: Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe decided to resign amid allegations that he had diverted political funds to personal use. What do you think of his resignation?

 

It makes sense

84

It was not necessary

11

N/A

5

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on June 17–19 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 1,072 persons, including 530 persons (out of 871 households) for land-line numbers and 542 persons (out of the 1,305 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 61% for land-line numbers and 42% 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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