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OPINION POLLS

Kyodo News spot opinion poll & results from Tokyo Shimbun

  • August 5, 2016
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 3 and 6
  • Translation

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures in parentheses are the results of the last survey conducted July 11–12.)

 

Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

52.9

(53.0)

No

30.9

(34.7)

Don’t know (D/K) + No answer (N/A)

16.2

(12.3)

 

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

15.9

(11.1)

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

11.7

(15.3)

The prime minister has leadership ability

13.1

(13.3)

Something can be expected of its economic policies

11.3

(15.7)

Something can be expected of its foreign policy

5.2

(4.8)

Something can be expected of its political reforms

2.6

(3.4)

Something can be expected of its tax reforms

2.7

(0.3)

Something can be expected of its administrative reforms

1.3

(3.6)

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

34.2

(30.5)

Other answers (O/A)

1.1

(0.9)

D/K+N/A

0.9

(1.1)

 

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

21.8

(16.4)

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

18.1

(11.2)

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

1.8

(2.3)

Nothing can be expected of its economic policies

18.9

(21.1)

Nothing can be expected of its foreign policy

2.9

(2.8)

Nothing can be expected of its political reforms

11.9

(6.8)

Nothing can be expected of its tax reforms

2.2

(13.4)

Nothing can be expected of its administrative reforms

3.7

(4.5)

Don’t like the prime minister’s personal character

13.6

(9.9)

O/A

3.7

(10.5)

D/K+N/A

1.4

(1.1)

 

Q4: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

39.1

(43.9)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

10.9

(11.0)

Komeito (Komeito)

6.1

(5.1)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

5.9

(5.9)

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

4.2

(4.7)

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

0.6

(0.2)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.9

(0.9)

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

0.5

(0.2)

Other political parties, groups

(0.4)

None of the above (NOTA)

30.7

(24.9)

D/K+N/A

1.1

(2.6)

 

Q5: Do you approve of the reshuffled cabinet lineup and the new LDP leadership?

 

Yes

41.3

 

No

34.2

 

D/K+N/A

24.5

 

 

Q6: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has appointed former LDP Policy Research Council Chairman Tomomi Inada to the post of minister of defense. Do you approve of the appointment of Inada?

 

Yes

32.1

 

No

43.0

 

D/K+N/A

24.9

 

 

Q7: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has appointed former LDP General Council Chairman Toshihiro Nikai to the post of LDP secretary-general. Do you approve of the appointment of Nikai?

 

Yes

43.2

 

No

40.2

 

D/K+N/A

16.6

 

 

Q8: 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

47.3

(49.6)

Financial reconstruction

21.6

(16.3)

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact

7.4

(7.6)

Pensions, healthcare, and nursing care

41.7

(38.8)

Childrearing and measures to counter the decline in the birthrate

27.5

(29.3)

Disaster reconstruction and disaster prevention measures

8.8

(7.8)

Diplomacy and security

13.6

(17.5)

Regional revitalization

8.1

(7.2)

Constitutional amendment

9.1

(10.0)

O/A

0.4

(1.0)

D/K+N/A

1.2

(1.0)

 

Q9: The cabinet approved an economic package worth a total of 28 trillion yen in public works. Do you think that the economy will improve under this economic policy package?

 

Yes

21.0

 

No

65.0

 

D/K+N/A

14.0

 

 

Q10: Prime Minister Abe’s term as LDP president ends in September 2018. What do you think about extending the term?

 

It would best to extend the term

37.8

 

It would be best not to extend the term

52.5

 

D/K+N/A

9.7

 

 

Q11: Democratic Party leader Katsuya Okada will not be running in the party presidential election to be held in September. Which of the following candidates do you think would be suitable as DP party leader? (listed in alphabetical order by last name; honorifics omitted)

 

Kenji Eda

3.7

 

Yukio Edano

9.4

 

Goshi Hosono

8.1

 

Sumio Mabuchi

1.9

 

Seiji Maehara

11.3

 

Akihisa Nagashima

1.9

 

Akira Nagatsuma

4.8

 

Renho

31.1

 

Yuichiro Tamaki

0.4

 

Shiori Yamao

1.1

 

O/A

0.4

 

D/K+N/A

25.9

 

 

Q12: Do you think His Majesty the Emperor, age 82, has many public duties?

 

Yes

89.5

 

No

6.1

 

D/K+N/A

4.4

 

 

Q13: Under the current system, the Emperor cannot abdicate the throne. What do you think about making it possible for the Emperor to abdicate?

 

It should be made possible for him to abdicate

85.7

 

The current system should be continued

10.8

 

D/K+N/A

3.5

 

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis targeting voters across the nation on Aug. 3–4. 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 1,430. Valid responses were obtained from 1,008 persons.

 

In cases where multiple answers are permitted, percentage totals exceed 100%.

 

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