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OPINION POLLS

Kyodo News opinion poll & results from Tokyo Shimbun

  • December 19, 2016
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 3
  • JMH Translation

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures in parentheses are the results of the last survey conducted Nov. 26–27.)

 

Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

54.8

(60.7)

No

34.1

(30.4)

Don’t know (D/K) + No answer (N/A)

11.1

(8.9)

 

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

14.0

(11.2)

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

9.7

(10.8)

The prime minister has leadership ability

16.1

(14.1)

Something can be expected of its economic policies

10.3

(9.8)

Something can be expected of its foreign policy

8.6

(9.6)

Something can be expected of its political reforms

3.8

(1.5)

Something can be expected of its tax reforms

0.6

(2.4)

Something can be expected of its administrative reforms

1.4

(1.0)

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

35.2

(36.9)

Other answers (O/A)

0.1

(1.3)

D/K+N/A

0.2

(1.4)

 

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

15.3

(14.8)

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

13.6

(10.6)

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

4.4

(2.2)

Nothing can be expected of its economic policies

22.1

(25.2)

Nothing can be expected of its foreign policy

4.3

(6.0)

Nothing can be expected of its political reforms

9.0

(9.9)

Nothing can be expected of its tax reforms

7.1

(7.1)

Nothing can be expected of its administrative reforms

3.3

(4.3)

Don’t like the prime minister’s personal character

12.9

(11.7)

O/A

7.3

(7.5)

D/K+N/A

0.7

(0.7)

 

Q4: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

41.2

(44.9)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

9.6

(8.0)

Komeito (Komeito)

5.1

(3.9)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4.1

(3.4)

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

3.4

(4.1)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0.4

(0.4)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.8

(1.7)

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

0.8

(0.1)

Other political parties, groups

(0.1)

None of the above (NOTA)

33.9

(31.9)

D/K+N/A

0.7

(1.5)

 

Q5: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin met and agreed to initiate consultations on joint economic activities between their two nations in the Northern Territories. No progress was made on the reversion of the Northern Territories. Do you approve of the talks?

 

Yes

38.7

 

No

54.3

 

D/K+N/A

7.0

 

 

Q6: Are you hopeful that progress will be made on the Northern Territories issue in the future?

 

Yes

43.4

 

No

53.8

 

D/K+N/A

2.8

 

 

Q7: At the end of this month, Prime Minister Abe will travel to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, where the war with the United States began. There he will console the souls of the war victims. Do you approve of this trip?

 

Yes

85.3

 

No

10.9

 

D/K+N/A

3.8

 

 

Q8: At its extraordinary session, the Diet passed legislation to promote the development of integrated resorts, particularly casinos. Are you in favor of or opposed to ending the ban on casinos in Japan?

 

In favor

24.6

 

Opposed

69.6

 

D/K+N/A

5.8

 

 

Q9: How would you feel if a plan were proposed to build an integrated resort with a casino in the area where you live?

 

I would think it is okay to build the casino

21.9

 

I would think it is better not to build the casino

75.3

 

D/K+N/A

2.8

 

 

Q10: The recent Diet session approved the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and passed related bills. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump says he will withdraw the United States from the trade pact. What do you think of the fact that the Japanese Diet approved the TPP and its related legislation?

 

It is good that the Japanese Diet approved the TPP and its related legislation

37.8

 

It is not good

45.3

 

D/K+N/A

16.9

 

 

Q11: The Diet passed pension system reform legislation, which strengthens curbs on pension disbursements with an eye to ensuring pension levels in the future. What do you think of this?

 

It is good

36.1

 

It is not good

54.8

 

D/K+N/A

9.1

 

 

Q12: A U.S. military Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft made a crash landing in waters off the coast of Okinawa and was badly damaged What are your views on the deployment of Ospreys in Japan?

 

It is okay for Ospreys to continue to be deployed

28.0

 

The deployment of Ospreys should be reviewed

66.8

 

D/K+N/A

5.2

 

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis on Dec. 17–18 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 1,456. Valid responses were obtained from 1,018 persons.

 

“–” denotes that no respondents gave that answer.

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