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Opinion poll & results from Asahi Shimbun

  • August 9, 2016
  • , Asahi , p. 4
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Questions & answers (%)

(Figures are rounded off. Some questions and answers have been omitted. All questions were asked of all respondents except for those questions indented and marked with a bullet, which are subquestions. The figures given for subquestions are percentages of the respondents in the given category. Bracketed figures denote percentages of all respondents. Parenthesized figures are the results of the previous survey taken July 11–12.)

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

48(45)

No

29(35)

 

  • Q: (Only for the 48% who answered “yes” to the foregoing question) Why? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

 

The prime minister is Mr. Abe

9[4]

It’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

15[7]

Policies

26[12]

It seems better than the others

48[23]

 

  • Q: (Only for the 29% who answered “no” to the foregoing question) Why not? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

 

The prime minister is Mr. Abe

7[2]

It’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

28[8]

Policies

52[15]

The others seem better

8[2]

 

Q: Which political party do you support now?

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

38(38)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

8(11)

Komeito (Komeito)

4(4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(5)

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

2(3)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0(1)

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

0(0)

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

0(0)

Other political parties

0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

35(17)

No answer (N/A) + Don’t know (D/K)

10(21)

 

Q: On Aug. 3, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffled his cabinet, leaving Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga and Finance Minister Aso among other key persons in their positions and appointing Tomomi Inada as defense minister. Do you approve overall of this reshuffled cabinet?

 

Yes

37

No

34

 

Q: In the cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Abe created a new position called “minister for working-style reform,” who will work to eliminate disparities in wages between regular and nonregular workers. Do you have hopes for this initiative?

 

Yes

59

No

33

 

Q: Under Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) rules, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s term as LDP president expires two years from now in autumn 2018. Do you think the term should be extended?

 

Yes

29

No

48

 

Q: Do you think it can be expected that the Japanese economy will grow under Prime Minister Abe’s economic policies?

 

Yes

38

No

43

 

Q: The Abe administration has decided to implement economic measures worth 28 trillion yen and focused mainly on public works projects. Do you approve of these measures?

 

Yes

40

No

36

 

Q: How concerned are you about whether the government pension system will be sustainable in the future? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Very concerned

43

Somewhat concerned

37

Not very concerned

13

Not concerned at all

5

 

Q: The reserve funds of the government pension plans are invested in equities and bonds. Under the Abe administration, the percentage invested in equities was increased. Do you think that was appropriate?

 

Yes

26

No

44

 

Q: As the new governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike has indicated that she will investigate in detail the ballooning costs of hosting the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. Does this approach give you hope?

 

Yes

82

No

11

 

Q: In the recent Upper House and Tokyo gubernatorial elections, four opposition parties, including the Democratic Party and the Japanese Communist Party, joined hands to field unified candidates. Do you think the opposition parties should field joint candidates in the next Lower House election as well?

 

Yes

37

No

43

 

Q: The current law regarding the Imperial Household has no provisions regarding abdication by the emperor. Are you in favor or opposed to making it possible for the emperor to abdicate?

 

In favor

84

Opposed

5

 

Q: The Constitution of Japan contains provisions for a regency to be established where a delegate would perform acts in matters of state in the emperor’s name. A regency can be established in such cases as when the emperor has a serious accident. Do you think it should be permitted for a regency to be established to reduce the official duties of the current emperor?

 

Yes

73

No

15

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted on Aug. 6–7 on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis of voters nationwide with telephone calls placed by pollsters to landline and mobile phone numbers (for landlines, some districts in Fukushima Prefecture were excluded). Valid responses were received from 1,009 persons (out of 1,863 households found to have one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and from 1,037 persons (out of the 2,127 persons found to be eligible voters) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 54% for landline numbers and 49% for mobile numbers.

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