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OPINION POLLS

Kyodo News opinion poll & results from Tokyo Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures in parentheses are the results of the last survey conducted May 28–29.)

 

Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

53.0

(55.3)

No

34.7

(33.0)

Don’t know (D/K) + No answer (N/A)

12.3

(11.7)

 

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

11.1

(12.4)

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

15.3

(12.8)

The prime minister has leadership ability

13.3

(12.2)

Something can be expected of its economic policies

15.7

(10.1)

Something can be expected of its foreign policy

4.8

(9.4)

Something can be expected of its political reforms

3.4

(1.7)

Something can be expected of its tax reforms

0.3

(2.1)

Something can be expected of its administrative reforms

3.6

(1.0)

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

30.5

(37.7)

Other answers (O/A)

0.9

(0.5)

D/K+N/A

1.1

(0.1)

 

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

16.4

(20.0)

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

11.2

(13.1)

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

2.3

(3.8)

Nothing can be expected of its economic policies

21.1

(29.7)

Nothing can be expected of its foreign policy

2.8

(1.8)

Nothing can be expected of its political reforms

6.8

(6.0)

Nothing can be expected of its tax reforms

13.4

(7.8)

Nothing can be expected of its administrative reforms

4.5

(3.1)

Don’t like the prime minister’s personal character

9.9

(11.5)

O/A

10.5

(2.9)

D/K+N/A

1.1

(0.3)

 

Q4: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

43.9

(44.4)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

11.0

(8.7)

Komeito (K or Komeito)

5.1

(2.5)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

5.9

(3.5)

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

4.7

(2.6)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.9

(0.8)

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

0.2

(0.5)

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

0.2

(0.5)

New Renaissance Party (NRP or Shinto Kaikaku)

0.2

(0.1)

Other political parties, groups

0.4

(0.2)

None of the above (NOTA)

24.9

(35.3)

D/K+N/A

2.6

(0.9)

 

Q5: As a result of the Upper House election, those amenable to constitutional amendment have gained over two-thirds of the seats in the Upper House, which is already the case in the Lower House. How do you view this election result, which enables pro-revisionists to initiate constitutional amendment?

 

Positively

24.2

 

Negatively

28.4

 

Can’t say either way

46.0

 

D/K+N/A

1.4

 

 

Q6: Are you in favor or opposed to amending the Constitution under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe?

 

In favor

35.8

(35.0)

Opposed

48.9

(54.9)

D/K+N/A

15.3

(10.1)

 

Q7: Four opposition parties – Democratic Party, Japanese Communist Party, Social Democratic Party, and People’s Life Party – joined hands to field unified candidates in all 32 single-seat constituencies in the Upper House election. Eleven of these candidates were elected. Do you think the four parties should continue this united front in the future?

 

Yes

43.4

 

No

42.6

 

D/K+N/A

14.0

 

 

Q8: Starting with this Upper House election, the voting age has been lowered to 18. Do you think that the turnout rate among the young generation will rise in the future?

 

Yes

47.8

 

No

48.0

 

D/K+N/A

4.2

 

 

Q9: Which of the following policies do you think the Abe cabinet should place the highest priority on addressing? Select up to two responses.

 

Economic policy, including jobs

49.6

 

Financial reconstruction

16.3

 

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact

7.6

 

Pensions, healthcare, and nursing care

38.8

 

Childrearing and measures to counter the decline in the birthrate

29.3

 

Disaster reconstruction and disaster prevention measures

7.8

 

Diplomacy and security

17.5

 

Regional revitalization

7.2

 

Constitutional amendment

10.0

 

Other

1.0

 

D/K+N/A

1.0

 

 

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

 

Yes

32.0

(25.9)

No

56.4

(64.1)

D/K+N/A

11.6

(10.0)

 

Q11: Prime Minister Abe has announced his decision to once again postpone the consumption tax hike. This time the tax increase to 10% will be delayed until October 2019. Are you in favor of increasing the tax rate in October 2019?

 

In favor

52.0

 

Opposed

43.8

 

D/K+N/A

4.2

 

 

Q12: Those in favor of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union (EU) were victorious in a national referendum in that country. What do you think of using referendums to decide important national matters?

 

It is desirable

18.9

 

It is generally desirable

40.7

 

It is generally not desirable

19.7

 

It is not desirable

14.9

 

D/K+N/A

5.8

 

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis targeting voters across the nation on July 11–12. 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 1,463. Valid responses were obtained from 1,011 persons.

 

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