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Kyodo News opinion poll & results from Tokyo Shimbun

  • January 31, 2017
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 6
  • JMH Translation

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures in parentheses are the results of the last survey conducted Dec. 17–18.)

 

Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

59.6

(54.8)

No

27.2

(34.1)

Don’t know (D/K) + No answer (N/A)

13.2

(11.1)

 

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

13.3

(14.0)

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

11.1

(9.7)

The prime minister has leadership ability

16.1

(16.1)

Something can be expected of its economic policies

7.1

(10.3)

Something can be expected of its foreign policy

12.8

(8.6)

Something can be expected of its political reforms

3.1

(3.8)

Something can be expected of its tax reforms

0.9

(0.6)

Something can be expected of its administrative reforms

0.4

(1.4)

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

33.6

(35.2)

Other answers (O/A)

0.8

(0.1)

D/K+N/A

0.8

(0.2)

 

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

20.2

(15.3)

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

7.8

(13.6)

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

2.7

(4.4)

Nothing can be expected of its economic policies

23.3

(22.1)

Nothing can be expected of its foreign policy

4.6

(4.3)

Nothing can be expected of its political reforms

11.5

(9.0)

Nothing can be expected of its tax reforms

3.0

(7.1)

Nothing can be expected of its administrative reforms

5.3

(3.3)

Don’t like the prime minister’s personal character

15.0

(12.9)

O/A

5.5

(7.3)

D/K+N/A

1.1

(0.7)

 

Q4: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

42.5

(41.2)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

7.3

(9.6)

Komeito (Komeito)

3.6

(5.1)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4.2

(4.1)

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

4.2

(3.4)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0.1

(0.4)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1.3

(0.8)

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

0.5

(0.8)

Other political parties, groups

0.1

(–)

None of the above (NOTA)

35.0

(33.9)

D/K+N/A

1.2

(0.7)

 

Q5: The government plans to allow abdication only for the current emperor by passing special one-off legislation. Some are saying, however, that the Imperial Household Law should be revised to allow abdication by future emperors as well. What are your views on this issue?

 

Abdication should be handled through one-off legislation that allows abdication for the current emperor only

26.9

 

The Imperial Household Law should be revised to allow abdication by all emperors

63.3

 

It is not necessary to allow abdication

4.6

 

D/K+N/A

5.2

 

 

Q6: Do you think the government and Diet should discuss the eligibility of females and members of female imperial branches to ascend the throne as well as allowing female members to remain within the imperial family after marriage, once the legislative measures needed to handle abdication have been completed?

 

Yes

73.8

 

No

21.1

 

D/K+N/A

5.1

 

 

Q7: Donald Trump has taken office as the new president of the United States. How do you think Japan-U.S. relations will develop under him?

 

Improve

4.5

 

Remain unchanged

34.4

 

Deteriorate

54.6

 

D/K+N/A

6.5

 

 

Q8: The Trump administration intends to promote bilateral trade negotiations rather than the multilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. How do you think Japan should respond?

 

It should engage in bilateral negotiations

52.6

 

There is no need for Japan to engage in bilateral negotiations

36.4

 

D/K+N/A

11.0

 

 

Q9: President Trump is hammering out policies one after the other based on an “America first” philosophy that places highest priority on the interests of the American people. Are you concerned that the world situation will become unstable with such policies?

 

Yes

83.8

 

No

13.1

 

D/K+N/A

3.1

 

 

Q10: The government seeks to have the current Diet session enact a legislative amendment to criminalize conspiracy to commit terrorism. The bill tightens up the conditions constituting “conspiracy” and criminalizes such acts even if the plans are not executed. The opposition parties and others are concerned that human rights could be violated. Are you in favor of or opposed to this legislative amendment?

 

In favor

42.6

 

Opposed

40.7

 

D/K+N/A

16.7

 

 

Q11: It has been revealed that the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology has been systematically involved in helping a senior official land a post-retirement job. Do you believe the Abe’s administration is responsible?

 

Yes

48.3

 

No

43.9

 

D/K+N/A

7.8

 

 

Q12: Are you in favor of or opposed to constitutional amendment under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe?

 

In favor

43.7

 

Opposed

45.0

 

D/K+N/A

11.3

 

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis on Jan. 28–29 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 1,449. Valid responses were obtained from 1,010 persons.

 

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