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Opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

  • December 30, 2016
  • , Yomiuri , p. 8
  • JMH Translation

Questions & answers (%)

Questionnaire is slightly abridged.

Asterisks indicate that the choices were read aloud to the respondent.

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the last survey conducted Dec. 2–4.

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

63(59)

No

27(30)

Other answers (O/A)

2(4)

No answer (N/A)

8(7)

 

Q: Which political party do you support now?

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

39(42)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

8(7)

Komeito (Komeito)

3(4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(3)

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

1(1)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0(0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1(1)

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

0(0)

O/A

0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

39(39)

N/A

5(3)

 

Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Hawaii in the United States and consoled the souls of the victims of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Do you approve of this visit?

 

Yes

85

No

10

N/A

5

 

Q: In his speech at Pearl Harbor, Prime Minister Abe spoke of [the Japanese people’s] determination to never again repeat the horrors of war, and he emphasized the “power of reconciliation,” thanks to which Japan and the United States became allies after the war. Do you approve of Abe’s speech?

 

Yes

83

No

11

N/A

6

 

Q: Do you think that Prime Minister Abe’s visit to Pearl Harbor will have more of a positive or more of a negative impact on ties between Japan and the United States in the future? Or do you think it will have no particular impact?

 

More of a positive impact

47

More of a negative impact

3

No particular impact

42

N/A

9

 

Q: Prime Minister Abe met with Russian President Vladimir Putin this month and agreed to consultations on joint economic activities between Japan and Russia on the Northern Territories and on making it easier for former residents of the Northern Territories to visit the islands. Do you approve of this agreement?

 

Yes

66

No

24

N/A

9

 

Q: Do you think the Northern Territories issue will head toward resolution going forward?

 

Yes

17

No

73

N/A

10

 

Q: What stance should the government take in its negotiations with Russia on the return of the Northern Territories? Select one from the following three.*

 

Japan should negotiate for the return of the four islands all at one time

22

Japan should first achieve the partial return of the Northern Territories and then continue negotiations for the return of the remaining islands

57

Japan should settle on partial reversion

14

N/A

6

 

Q: Do you think the government should rush to resolve the Northern Territories issue?

 

Yes

45

No

47

N/A

8

 

Q: Do you approve of Prime Minister Abe’s series of summit meetings overall?

 

Yes

73

No

19

N/A

7

 

Q: A law to legalize casinos in Japan has been enacted. Do you approve of this?

 

Yes

25

No

66

N/A

9

 

Q: Do you think it would be okay if the Lower House were dissolved and a general election held at the beginning of the new year?

 

Yes

31

No

55

N/A

14

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted Dec. 28–29 on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis and targeted voters age 18 or over with calls placed to landline and mobile phone numbers. Valid responses were received from a total of 1,119 persons, including 544 persons (out of the 949 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 575 persons (out of the 1,536 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 57% for landline numbers and 37% 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 below 0.5.

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