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OPINION POLLS

Opinion poll & results from Sankei Shimbun

  • August 9, 2016
  • , Sankei , p. 5
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Main Questions & Answers of the Sankei-FNN Joint Opinion Poll (%)

 

Q: Do you support Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet?

 

Yes

55.4

(49.8)

No

33.1

(39.1)

Other answers (O/A)

11.5

(11.1)

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

39.9

(35.3)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

9.9

(13.4)

Komeito (Komeito)

4.9

(5.4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4.1

(5.1)

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

4.5

(6.9)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1.9

(0.9)

People’s Life Party & Taro Yamamoto and Friends (PLP/TYF or Seikatsunoto to Yamamoto Taro to Nakamatachi)

0.6

(0.7)

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

0.4

(0.6)

Other political parties

1.1

(1.3)

None of the above (NOTA)

32.1

(29.7)

O/A

0.6

(0.7)

 

Q: Do you approve of the Abe administration on the following points?

 

Prime Minister Abe’s personal character

Yes

64.0

(62.8)

No

27.5

(26.7)

O/A

8.5

(10.5)

 

Prime Minister Abe’s leadership

Yes

60.7

(61.1)

No

30.8

(28.5)

O/A

8.5

(10.4)

 

Economic policy measures

Yes

35.0

(32.0)

No

55.0

(56.2)

O/A

10.0

(11.8)

 

Social security policy

Yes

30.6

(25.0)

No

57.1

(60.9)

O/A

12.3

(14.1)

 

Foreign and security policies

Yes

48.1

(44.1)

No

41.3

(42.9)

O/A

10.6

(13.0)

 

Management of crises, including natural disasters

Yes

61.1

 

No

29.7

 

O/A

9.2

 

 

Q: The following questions concern the cabinet reshuffle.

 

Do you approve of the reshuffled cabinet?

Yes

40.4

 

No

42.1

 

O/A

17.5

 

 

Do you approve of the appointment of Tomomi Inada as defense minister?

Yes

31.7

 

No

49.8

 

O/A

18.5

 

 

Q: What is your impression of the new cabinet lineup? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

The cabinet looks brand-new

3.3

 

The cabinet looks competent

3.2

 

The cabinet looks stable

12.3

 

The cabinet looks well balanced

7.8

 

It seems like factions were carefully considered

10.3

 

The cabinet has unexpected appointments

3.1

 

The cabinet offers nothing new

29.0

 

The cabinet does not inspire hope

13.2

 

Some of the ministers seem likely to need to be replaced soon

13.4

 

O/A

4.4

 

 

Q: Which minister do you have the highest hopes for? (Select only one person from the list below.)

 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Taro Aso

5.8

 

Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Sanae Takaichi

0.7

 

Minister of Justice Katsutoshi Kaneda

0.3

 

Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida

6.1

 

Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Hirokazu Matsuno

0.3

 

Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare Yasuhisa Shiozaki

0.5

 

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Yuji Yamamoto

0.6

 

Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko

1.1

 

Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Keiichi Ishii

0.8

 

Minister of the Environment Koichi Yamamoto

0.3

 

Minister of Defense Tomomi Inada

10.1

 

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga

3.4

 

Minister for Reconstruction Masahiro Imamura

0.2

 

Chairperson of the National Public Safety Commission Jun Matsumoto

0.1

 

Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs Yosuke Tsuruho

0

 

Minister in Charge of Economic Revitalization Nobuteru Ishihara

0.6

 

Minister for Promoting Dynamic Engagement of All Citizens Katsunobu Kato

0

 

Minister of State for the Promotion of Overcoming Population Decline and Vitalizing Local Economy in Japan Kozo Yamamoto

0.1

 

Minister in Charge of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Tamayo Marukawa

4.5

 

None of the ministers inspire hope

31.4

 

O/A

33.1

 

 

Q: What policy issue do you think the Abe administration should place the highest priority on going forward? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Economic policies, including jobs

27.0

(26.9)

Social security, including healthcare and pensions

24.3

(28.2)

Childrearing, daycare waiting lists, and the decline in the birthrate

13.6

(12.3)

Reconstruction of public finances

6.5

(6.1)

Rectification of social disparities

4.7

(3.3)

Diplomacy and security

7.7

(5.4)

Constitutional amendment

4.1

(3.6)

Disaster prevention and reconstruction from natural disaster

3.8

(4.1)

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact

1.3

(1.3)

Regional revitalization

3.5

(–)

Other

2.3

(1.4)

Nothing in particular

1.2

(2.0)

 

Q: Do you approve of the appointments made to the three key positions in the LDP [Secretary-General, Policy Research Council Chairman, and General Council Chairman]?

 

Yes

36.7

 

No

42.7

 

O/A

20.6

 

 

Q: How long would you like to see Shinzo Abe continue as prime minister?

 

I would like to see him serve as prime minister for as long as possible

21.4

 

I would like to see him serve as prime minister for a while longer

54.7

 

I would like to see him step down as soon as possible

21.5

 

O/A

2.4

 

 

Q: The following questions concern Yuriko Koike’s election and assumption of office as the new Tokyo governor.

 

Do you think it is good that Koike has taken office as the new governor?

Yes

78.3

 

No

14.8

 

O/A

6.9

 

 

Do you think it can be expected that the Tokyo administration will be reformed under Koike?

Yes

68.5

 

No

22.2

 

O/A

9.3

 

 

Q: Who do you think would be most appropriate as leader of the Democratic Party? ((Select only one person from the list below.)

 

Kenji Eda

1.4

 

Yukio Edano

6.8

 

Katsuya Okada

4.3

 

Yuichiro Tamaki

0.4

 

Akihisa Nagashima

1.9

 

Akira Nagatsuma

3.3

 

Goshi Hosono

6.9

 

Seiji Maehara

7.5

 

Renho

32.2

 

Another member of the Diet

1.3

 

Not interested & anyone will do

31.4

 

O/A

2.6

 

 

Q: Renho has announced her candidacy in the Democratic Party presidential race. Do you think highly of her accomplishments to date?

 

Yes

54.9

 

No

35.1

 

O/A

10.0

 

 

Q: The current Imperial Household system has no provisions for abdication by the emperor. How do you think the government should handle this?

 

The government should move quickly to revise the system to allow abdication

70.7

 

The government should take a cautious approach to the issue

27.0

 

O/A

2.3

 

 

Q: Do you think it would be okay to amend the Constitution to allow abdication by the emperor in the future?

 

Yes

84.7

 

No

11.0

 

O/A

4.3

 

 

Q: Do you approve of the economic measures that are worth more than 28 trillion yen and were approved by the cabinet on Aug. 2?

 

Yes

39.1

 

No

40.9

 

O/A

20.0

 

 

(Note) Parenthesized figures denote the results of the last survey conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network on July 16–17, 2016. “O/A” for “other answers” denotes “don’t know,” “can’t say,” etc.

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted until the calculated number of responses was obtained by placing telephone calls on a random digit dialing (RDD) basis adjusted to the gender and age composition of each survey area. A total of 1,000 men and women, aged 18 and over, across the nation were surveyed.

 

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