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Opinion poll & results from Asahi Shimbun

  • October 18, 2016
  • , Asahi , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

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 Sept. 10–11.)

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

48(52)

No

32(29)

 

  • 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

11[5]

It’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

14[7]

Policies

24[11]

It seems better than the others

50[24]

 

  • Q: (Only for the 32% who answered “no” to the foregoing question) Why not? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

 

The prime minister is Mr. Abe

10[3]

It’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

27[9]

Policies

51[17]

The others seem better

6[2]

 

Q: Which political party do you support now? Please give the name of the political party.

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

37(40)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

10(7)

Komeito (Komeito)

3(4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(3)

Nippon Ishin no Kai [formerly known as “Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai)”; party has not yet announced new English name]

2(2)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0(1)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto) [formerly known as “People’s Life Party (PLP or Seikatsunoto)”]

0(–)

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

0(0)

Other political parties

0(1)

None of the above (NOTA)

38(37)

No answer (N/A) + Don’t know (D/K)

7(5)

 

Q: Do you think that the Lower House should be dissolved and a general election held as soon as possible?

 

This should be done as soon as possible

12

There is no need to rush

73

 

Q: As it stands now, the Supreme Court considers Lower House elections to be in a “state of unconstitutionality” due to vote-value disparities. Do you think it is okay to hold a general election before the vote disparities are corrected?

 

It is okay to hold a general election before vote disparities are corrected

18

The Lower House election should be held after vote disparities have been corrected

59

 

Q: This question concerns politics and money. The fund management organization of Defense Minister Tomomi Inada as well as that of Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga have received blank receipts [at political fundraising parties] and afterward written in the amount [donated] and the name of the recipient. How problematic do you think this is? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Very problematic

59

Somewhat problematic

27

Not very problematic

9

Not problematic at all

2

 

Q: Renho was elected the new president of the Democratic Party. Do you have high hopes for her?

 

Yes

53

No

39

 

Q: Are you in favor of or opposed to restarting nuclear power plants whose operation is currently halted?

 

In favor

29

Opposed

57

 

Q: What do you think Japan should do in regard to nuclear power generation in the future? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Eliminate it immediately

14

Eliminate it in the near future

59

Do not eliminate it

22

 

Q: This question concerns compensation in the event that an electric power company causes a serious nuclear power accident. The government is considering capping the liability of electric power companies and placing the burden beyond that on the public [in the form of taxes or higher electricity rates]. Are you in favor of or opposed to this proposal?

 

In favor

26

Opposed

63

 

Q: This question concerns the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. The costs of holding the Games were initially estimated at about 700 billion yen. The panel [of independent experts] set up by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, however, estimates that the costs could exceed 3 trillion yen. Can you accept this ballooning of the costs of the Games?

 

Yes

13

No

79

 

Q: To keep down the expenses of holding the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is considering changing some of the event venues. Are you in favor of or opposed to changing some of the venues?

 

In favor

78

Opposed

12

 

Q: Do you think that preparations for holding the Olympic and Paralympic Games are going smoothly?

 

Yes

13

No

78

 

Q: This question concerns the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s plan to relocate Tsukiji Fish Market to Toyosu. The plan is currently being postponed for reasons of soil safety among others. Do you think the government should aim to implement the plan to relocate the market to Toyosu in the future?

 

They should aim to implement the plan

40

They should scrap the plan

39

 

Q: Which candidate in the U.S. presidential election do you think would be appropriate as president: Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton or Republican Party candidate Donald Trump?

 

Clinton

79

Trump

3

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted on Oct. 15–16 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 1,000 persons (out of 1,870 households found to have one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and from 1,036 persons (out of the 2,118 persons found to be eligible voters) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 53% for landline numbers and 49% for mobile numbers.

 

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