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Kyodo News opinion poll & results from Tokyo Shimbun

  • November 28, 2016
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 3
  • JMH Translation

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures in parentheses are the results of the last survey conducted Oct. 29–30.)

 

Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

60.7

(53.9)

No

30.4

(33.2)

Don’t know (D/K) + No answer (N/A)

8.9

(12.9)

 

Q2: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the previous question) What is the primary reason for your approval of the Abe cabinet?

 

The prime minister is trustworthy

11.2

(9.3)

Because it’s a coalition cabinet of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and Komeito

10.8

(16.2)

The prime minister has leadership ability

14.1

(13.5)

Something can be expected of its economic policies

9.8

(12.4)

Something can be expected of its foreign policy

9.6

(7.0)

Something can be expected of its political reforms

1.5

(1.1)

Something can be expected of its tax reforms

2.4

(0.5)

Something can be expected of its administrative reforms

1.0

(1.0)

There’s no other appropriate person [for prime minister]

36.9

(37.8)

Other answers (O/A)

1.3

(0.8)

D/K+N/A

1.4

(0.4)

 

Q3: (Only for those who answered “no” to the first question) What is the primary reason for your disapproval of the Abe cabinet?

 

The prime minister is untrustworthy

14.8

(13.5)

Because it’s a coalition cabinet of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and Komeito

10.6

(15.2)

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

2.2

(1.4)

Nothing can be expected of its economic policies

25.2

(28.1)

Nothing can be expected of its foreign policy

6.0

(4.5)

Nothing can be expected of its political reforms

9.9

(7.3)

Nothing can be expected of its tax reforms

7.1

(9.4)

Nothing can be expected of its administrative reforms

4.3

(3.1)

Don’t like the prime minister’s personal character

11.7

(9.7)

O/A

7.5

(7.0)

D/K+N/A

0.7

(0.8)

 

Q4: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

44.9

(40.9)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

8.0

(7.8)

Komeito (Komeito)

3.9

(5.7)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3.4

(3.9)

Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party) (Nippon Ishin no Kai)

4.1

(3.0)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0.4

(0.6)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1.7

(1.1)

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

0.1

(0.1)

Other political parties, groups

0.1

(0.3)

None of the above (NOTA)

31.9

(35.7)

D/K+N/A

1.5

(0.9)

 

Q5: Republican Party Candidate Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election. How do you think the Japan-U.S. relationship will change under the new U.S. president?

 

The relationship will improve

6.8

 

The relationship will not change

46.0

 

The relationship will deteriorate

37.0

 

D/K+N/A

10.2

 

 

Q6: During the presidential election campaign, Trump stressed that Japan should cover more of the cost of stationing U.S. military personnel in Japan. What do you think about this?

 

The amount of the cost covered by Japan should be increased

9.2

 

There is no need to increase the amount of the cost covered by Japan

86.1

 

D/K+N/A

4.7

 

 

Q7: Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Japan in December for a summit meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Do you expect that progress will be made on the Northern Territories issue at this summit meeting?

 

Yes

27.3

 

No

70.0

 

D/K+N/A

2.7

 

 

Q8: Are you in favor of or opposed to enhancing economic cooperation with Russia in the hope of making progress on the Northern Territories issue?

 

In favor

36.6

 

Opposed

53.2

 

D/K+N/A

10.2

 

 

Q9: The government aims to have the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact approved and related bills passed at the current Diet session. What do you think about this matter?

 

The TPP and related bills should be passed at the current Diet session

14.4

(17.7)

The matter should be carefully discussed without insistence on having the Diet pass the TPP and related bills in the current session

69.4

(66.5)

There is no need to pass the TPP and related bills

12.6

(10.3)

D/K+N/A

3.6

(5.5)

 

Q10: Trump has indicated his intent to withdraw the United States from the TPP. What do you think should be done with the TPP going forward?

 

The TPP should be promoted even if the United States withdraws

43.5

 

There is no need to promote the TPP if the United States withdraws

43.2

 

D/K+N/A

13.3

 

 

Q11: At the current Diet session, the government plans to enact a pension system reform bill that would strengthen curbs on pension disbursements, with an eye to ensuring pension levels in the future. Are you in favor of or opposed to this bill?

 

In favor

33.8

 

Opposed

58.0

 

D/K+N/A

8.2

 

 

Q12: A United Nations committee adopted a resolution in October to launch negotiations on a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons. Japan is the only nation to have suffered a nuclear attack. The government, however, opposed the resolution saying it would be better to gradually reduce nuclear arms. Do you support the government’s policy?

 

Yes

45.7

 

No

46.1

 

D/K+N/A

8.2

 

 

Q13: The United States and other countries that possess nuclear weapons oppose a nuclear weapons ban treaty because it would impact their “nuclear umbrella.” It looks like these countries will not participate in the treaty negotiations. Do you think that Japan should participate in the treaty?

 

Yes

71.1

 

No

17.5

 

D/K+N/A

11.4

 

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis on Nov. 26–27 targeting voters across the nation. 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 1,462. Valid responses were obtained from 1,022 persons.

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