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OPINION POLLS

Kyodo News spot opinion poll & results from Tokyo Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

 

Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

55.3

No

30.8

Don’t know (D/K) + No answer (N/A)

13.9

 

Q2: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

42.9

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

9.6

Komeito (Komeito)

5.5

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4.6

Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)

4.0

People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)

0.6

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

2.3

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

Other political parties, groups

None of the above (NOTA)

29.4

D/K+N/A

1.1

 

Q3: The Imperial Household Agency released a video message in which Emperor Akihito expressed his thoughts on the role of the emperor as symbol of the state. Could you appreciate what the Emperor said?

 

Yes

46.8

To some degree

36.2

Not very much

4.4

No

1.3

D/K+N/A

11.3

 

Q4: In his message, Emperor Akihito said, “I am worried that it may become difficult for me to carry out my duties as the symbol of the state.” What do you think is the relationship between the performance of public duties and the position of the emperor?

 

The emperor should abdicate if it becomes difficult for him to perform his duties

81.9

The emperor should not abdicate even if it becomes difficult for him to perform his duties

13.4

D/K+N/A

4.7

 

Q5: The Constitution of Japan contains provisions for a regency to be established. What do you think about having a regent perform acts in matters of state in the emperor’s name if the emperor becomes unable to perform his duties?

 

A regent can perform duties as symbol [of the state]

58.8

A regent cannot perform duties as symbol [of the state]

29.9

D/K+N/A

11.3

 

Q6: Under the current system, the emperor cannot abdicate and allow the crown prince to take the throne. What do you think about allowing abdication?

 

It would be best to allow abdication

86.6

The current system should be maintained

10.4

D/K+N/A

3.0

 

Q7: (Only for those who answered “It would be best to allow abdication” to Q6) Why do you think it would be best to allow abdication?

 

Because the wishes of the emperor should be respected

67.5

If the emperor cannot perform his duties, he is not suited to be emperor

11.3

Because abdication was allowed prior to the Meiji period

7.6

Because there are royalty overseas who are permitted to abdicate

8.9

Other

4.0

D/K+N/A

0.7

 

Q8: (Only for those who answered “The current system should be maintained” to Q6) Why do you think the current system should be maintained and abdication not allowed?

 

Because a regency can be established

21.5

Because it would mean that there would simultaneously be both an emperor and an abdicated emperor

17.0

Because the custom of not allowing abdication has been in place since the Meiji period

11.6

Because it could result in abdication that is contrary to the emperor’s wishes or is for arbitrary reasons

30.5

Other

7.3

D/K+N/A

12.1

 

Q9: In the event that legislative procedures are moved forward to allow abdication, do you think that procedures should be advanced quickly or the matter should be deliberated cautiously?

 

Procedures should be advanced quickly

54.1

The matter should be deliberated cautiously

42.8

D/K+N/A

3.1

 

Q10: In the event that legal revisions are moved forward to allow abdication, should the legislation apply only to Emperor Akihito or should it apply to all emperors from now on?

 

Apply only to Emperor Akihito

17.8

Apply to all emperors from now on

76.6

D/K+N/A

5.6

 

Q11: In response to the recent video message, legal revisions to allow abdication may move forward. Do you think this presents a problem in terms of the constitutional provision that stipulates that the emperor cannot interfere in how the country is governed?

 

Yes

16.2

No

72.6

D/K+N/A

11.2

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis targeting voters across the nation from the evening of Aug. 8 through Aug. 9. 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 1,442. Valid responses were obtained from 1,008 persons.

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