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  • August 5, 2016
  • , Mainichi , p. 5
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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

47

(44)

50

45

No

34

(35)

36

32

Not interested

16

(17)

13

17

 

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

18

(21)

14

21

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

34

(29)

33

34

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

28

(32)

38

20

Because Shinzo Abe is the prime minister

11

(8)

8

14

 

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

10

(6)

10

9

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

6

(5)

6

6

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

63

(71)

61

64

Because Shinzo Abe is the prime minister

15

(13)

16

14

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

33

(32)

37

31

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

9

(9)

8

9

Komeito (Komeito)

4

(5)

4

3

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

5

(6)

5

4

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

7

(6)

7

7

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

1

(1)

1

0

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

(1)

1

1

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

0

(1)

1

Other answers (O/A)

6

(6)

6

6

None of the above (NOTA)

30

(29)

26

33

 

Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reshuffled his cabinet. Have your hopes for the Abe cabinet increased with the reshuffling?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Hopes have increased

10

 

12

9

Hopes have not changed

59

 

56

61

Cannot have hope

23

 

28

21

 

Q: In his appointment of Liberal Democratic Party leaders, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe selected Toshihiro Nikai, who was general council chairman, to succeed Sadakazu Tanigaki, who has been hospitalized after having a bicycle accident, as secretary general. Do you approve of this appointment?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

35

 

35

35

No

41

 

49

36

 

Q: Prime Minister Abe’s term as LDP president ends in September 2018. Some in the LDP are calling for his term to be extended. Do you think it would be good to extend Prime Minister Abe’s term as party president?

 

 

T

P

M

F

It would be good to extend his term

36

 

37

35

It is not necessary to extend his term

53

 

56

50

 

Q: The prime minister asked Shigeru Ishiba, who was minister in charge of overcoming population decline and vitalizing the local economy, to remain in the cabinet, but Ishiba declined. Ishiba seeks to be the next prime minister after Abe. Do you have hopes for Ishiba?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

34

 

39

31

No

49

 

51

48

 

Q: Are you in favor of the Diet moving forward with debate on constitutional amendment?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

44

(51)

55

37

No

40

(32)

38

42

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the above question) Please select from the below seven topics the one that you would most like to see discussed at the Diet.

 

 

T

P

M

F

Status of the Emperor

8

 

6

10

Article 9

32

 

35

29

Environmental rights and other new human rights

4

 

3

4

State-of-emergency clause

12

 

12

12

Roles of the Upper and Lower Houses

16

 

17

15

Relationship between the national and local governments

14

 

15

13

O/A

11

 

9

12

 

Q: Yuriko Koike won the Tokyo gubernatorial election on July 31. Do you have hopes for her?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

64

 

61

66

No

15

 

17

13

Not interested

13

 

16

11

 

Q: It is expected that Emperor Akihito will soon explain to the people of Japan his intentions regarding his work. Do you think that the Imperial Household system should be revised to allow the Emperor to abdicate and make way for the Crown Prince to take the Chrysanthemum Throne?

 

 

T

P

M

F

The Imperial Household system should be revised

67

 

69

67

The Imperial Household system should be debated with caution

22

 

24

21

 

Q: The Rio Olympics will open soon. Do you have hopes for the Japanese athletes?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

79

 

80

79

No

4

 

5

3

Not interested

8

 

10

6

 

Q: Pokemon Go, a game played by walking around while looking at a smartphone, is very popular; however, it is causing social issues. More and more people are walking around while looking at their smartphones and bicycle accidents are occurring. Do you think restrictions should be placed on such games?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

73

 

71

74

No

17

 

23

13

 

(Note) Figures rounded off. “0” indicates that the figure was below 0.5%. “No answer” omitted. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted July 16–17, 2016.

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted during the two-day period of Aug. 3–4 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 1,887 households with one or more persons age 18 or over were sampled. Responses were obtained from 1,041 persons (55%).

 

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