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59% want Tokyo Olympics to be held “with Abe as prime minister,” Nikkei poll

  • August 29, 2016
  • , Nikkei , p. 2
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When asked in a Nikkei Inc./TV Tokyo public opinion poll [conducted on Aug. 26–28] if they would like to see Shinzo Abe continue in office as prime minister through the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, 59% of respondents said “yes” while 29% said “no.”

 

In the Aug. 9–11 survey, some 45% said that they were “opposed” to extending the Liberal Democratic Party presidential term so that Abe could continue in office while 41% indicated they were “in favor.” Although no simple comparison can be made, there is a chance that heightened expectations for the Tokyo Olympics have led to a rise in support for the PM, who declared at the closing ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Games that the Tokyo Olympics would be a success.

 

When asked what they most wanted energy to be focused on leading up to the Tokyo Olympics and then given four options to select from, 30% of respondents said “anti-terrorism measures,” 28% replied “review of the costs of holding the Games,” 24% indicated “development of infrastructure, including the transportation network,” and 11% said “enhancing athletes’ performance with an eye to increasing the number of medals won.”

 

[Polling methodology: The telephone poll was conducted on Aug. 26–28 by Nikkei Research Inc. of men and women, aged 18 and over, nationwide on a random digit dialing (RDD) basis, including cell phones [as well as landlines]. A total of 1,055 valid responses were received for a response rate of 47.0%.]

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