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Opinion poll & results from Mainichi Shimbun

  • June 20, 2016
  • , Mainichi , p. 2
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Questions & answers (%)

(T = total; P = previous; M = male; F = female)

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

42

(49)

48

37

No

39

(33)

38

40

Not interested

17

(16)

14

19

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the above question) Why?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Because the prime minister is from the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan

19

(18)

17

21

Because something can be expected of the prime minister’s leadership

37

(37)

37

37

Because something can be expected of the prime minister’s policies

24

(29)

25

22

Because Shinzo Abe is the prime minister

9

(10)

9

9

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the above question) Why?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Because the prime minister is from the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan

8

(7)

8

8

Because nothing can be expected of the prime minister’s leadership

6

(7)

5

7

Because nothing can be expected of the prime minister’s policies

71

(73)

69

72

Because Shinzo Abe is the prime minister

9

(11)

12

7

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

31

(33)

37

26

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

10

(7)

11

9

Komeito (Komeito)

4

(5)

3

5

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

5

(5)

5

5

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

3

(2)

4

2

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

(1)

1

1

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

1

(1)

1

1

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

0

(0)

0

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

(–)

Other answers (O/A)

5

(7)

4

6

None of the above (NOTA)

34

(33)

30

38

 

Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to postpone the consumption tax hike for two and a half years until October 2019. Are you in favor or opposed to postponing the tax hike?

 

 

T

P

M

F

In favor

61

 

61

61

Opposed

26

 

29

24

 

Q: Prime Minister Abe said that he was postponing the consumption tax hike because “the global economy faces many risks.” Are you persuaded by this reason?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

28

 

30

25

No

60

 

62

59

 

Q: The consumption tax hike revenue is to be used to enhance social security, including pensions, childrearing, and nursing care. Do you think the delay in the tax hike has made it difficult to enhance social security?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

53

 

53

52

No

35

 

37

33

 

Q: Do you think that Abenomics, the Abe administration’s economic policy package, should be promoted further or that it should be reviewed?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Abenomics should be promoted further

23

 

32

16

Abenomics should be reviewed

61

 

58

64

 

Q: Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe has resigned amid allegations that he had diverted political funds to personal use. Do you think that the LDP and Komeito, who backed the governor in the gubernatorial election, also bear responsibility or that responsibility lies solely with the governor?

 

 

T

P

M

F

LDP and Komeito also bear responsibility

29

 

30

28

Responsibility lies solely with the governor

61

 

62

59

 

Q: Upper House elections will be held this summer. Which political party would you vote for in regard to the proportional representation seats if you were to vote now?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

30

(36)

37

25

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

14

(12)

17

12

Komeito (Komeito)

5

(7)

3

6

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

6

(8)

6

6

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

5

(3)

7

3

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

(1)

2

1

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

1

(1)

1

1

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

0

(1)

0

0

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

(0)

Other answers (O/A)

18

(17)

16

20

 

Q: Will you go vote in the upcoming Upper House elections?

 

 

T

P

M

F

I definitely will go vote

60

(60)

68

53

I probably will go vote

25

(28)

22

28

I probably will not go vote

3

(5)

2

5

I will not go vote

2

(2)

2

3

 

Q: Which of the following nine focal issues will you place the most value on in the upcoming Upper House elections?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Abenomics

9

(12)

14

5

Consumption tax

7

(9)

7

7

Pensions and healthcare

24

(25)

23

25

Childrearing support

13

(10)

11

15

Reconstruction from natural disasters

7

(8)

5

9

Nuclear power and energy policy

4

(5)

4

4

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)

2

(2)

3

1

Security-related legislation

7

(8)

8

6

Constitutional amendment

10

(11)

13

8

 

Q: Do you think it would be good if the number of seats held by the ruling parties increased as a result of the Upper House elections or if the number of seats held by the opposition parties increased?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Ruling parties’ seats

34

 

39

30

Opposition parties’ seats

46

 

48

43

 

Q: Are you in favor or opposed to moving forward with procedures to amend the Constitution after the Upper House elections?

 

 

T

P

M

F

In favor

36

 

45

29

Opposed

44

 

44

45

 

(Note) Figures rounded off. “0” indicates that the figure was below 0.5%, and “–” denotes that no respondents gave that answer. “No answer” omitted. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted May 28–29, 2016.

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted during the two-day period of June 18–19 over the telephone across the nation on a computer-aided random digit sampling (RDS) basis. The survey excluded telephone numbers in municipalities designated as “difficult-to-return” zones due to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. A total of 1,643 households with one or more persons age 18 or over were sampled. Responses were obtained from 1,024 persons (62%).

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