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OPINION POLLS

Spot opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

Asterisks indicate that the choices were read aloud to the respondent. Parenthesized figures are the results of the previous survey conducted Aug. 3–4.

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

54(55)

No

30(32)

Other answers (O/A)

6(2)

No answer (N/A)

10(12)

 

Q: Which political party do you support now? Please name only one.

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

39(42)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

8(8)

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)

1(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)

38(34)

N/A

4(3)

 

Q: In his video message to the people of Japan, Emperor Akihito hinted at a desire to “abdicate.” Are you interested in the question of the emperor’s abdication? Please select one response from among the following four.*

 

Very interested

36

Somewhat interested

52

Not very interested

7

Not interested at all

4

N/A

1

 

Q: Under the current Imperial Household system, the emperor cannot abdicate. Do you think that the system should be revised so that he can abdicate or do you think that is not necessary?

 

The system should be revised

81

It is not necessary to revise the system

10

N/A

8

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “the system should be revised” to the foregoing question) If abdication were allowed, should it be allowed only for the current emperor or for all emperors from now on?

 

Only for the current emperor

14

For all emperors from now on

80

N/A

6

 

Q: Do you think the government should hurry to revise the system or that it should take time and deliberate the matter carefully?

 

The government should hurry to revise the system

52

The government should take time and deliberate the matter carefully

43

N/A

6

 

Q: Do you think it is good that Emperor Akihito expressed his feelings about the nature of the emperor as symbol of the state?

 

Yes

93

No

3

N/A

4

 

Q: Do you want the current emperor not to abdicate but to continue as emperor by reducing his public duties or having the crown prince serve as “regent”?

 

Yes

37

No

49

N/A

14

 

Q: Are you in favor or opposed to revising the Imperial House Law, which governs imperial succession, to allow females to ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne?

 

In favor

72

Opposed

15

N/A

13

 

Q: Are you in favor or opposed to female members of the imperial family being allowed to retain their imperial status after marriage and create female branches of the imperial family, in order to support the continuation of the Imperial Household?

 

In favor

64

Opposed

18

N/A

18

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on Aug. 9–10 on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis of people age 18 or over with calls placed to landline and mobile phone numbers. Valid responses were received from a total of 1,151 persons, including 554 persons (out of the 1,010 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 597 persons (out of the 1,448 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 55% for landline numbers and 41% for mobile numbers.

 

Figures are rounded off. In some graphs and charts, the total percentage may not add up to 100%.

 

“0” indicates that the figure was less than 0.5% and “–” denotes that no respondents answered.

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