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OPINION POLLS

Kyodo News opinion poll & results from Tokyo Shimbun

  • March 14, 2017
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 28
  • JMH Translation

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures in parentheses are the results of the last survey conducted Feb. 12–13.)

 

Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

55.7

(61.7)

No

30.7

(27.2)

Don’t know (D/K) + No answer (N/A)

13.6

(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

14.1

(16.0)

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

10.5

(10.0)

The prime minister has leadership ability

16.6

(14.4)

Something can be expected of its economic policies

9.5

(10.4)

Something can be expected of its foreign policy

12.2

(13.6)

Something can be expected of its political reforms

1.1

(2.2)

Something can be expected of its tax reforms

1.6

(1.2)

Something can be expected of its administrative reforms

0.6

(0.8)

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

33.1

(29.8)

Other answers (O/A)

0.6

(0.9)

D/K+N/A

0.1

(0.7)

 

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

22.2

(11.6)

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

13.3

(13.3)

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

2.1

(4.6)

Nothing can be expected of its economic policies

20.9

(22.5)

Nothing can be expected of its foreign policy

3.5

(3.8)

Nothing can be expected of its political reforms

9.0

(7.7)

Nothing can be expected of its tax reforms

5.2

(5.6)

Nothing can be expected of its administrative reforms

4.4

(6.2)

Don’t like the prime minister’s personal character

14.8

(17.9)

O/A

3.4

(6.6)

D/K+N/A

1.2

(0.2)

 

Q4: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

43.8

(44.6)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

9.4

(7.3)

Komeito (Komeito)

2.8

(4.0)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3.7

(4.5)

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

2.0

(3.3)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0.3

(0.4)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.8

(1.5)

Party for Japanese Kokoro (Nihon no Kokoro)

0.3

(0.2)

Other political parties, groups

(–)

None of the above (NOTA)

36.0

(33.7)

D/K+N/A

0.9

(0.5)

 

Q5: It has been revealed that state-owned land in Osaka City was sold to Moritomo Gakuen school corporation at 14% of its appraisal price. Do you think that this sale was appropriate?

 

Yes

6.6

 

No

86.5

 

D/K+N/A

6.9

 

 

Q6: Do you think that the government’s explanations of the sale have been sufficient?

 

Yes

5.2

 

No

87.6

 

D/K+N/A

7.2

 

 

Q7: Are you in favor of or opposed to summoning the educational entity’s representative Yasunori Kagoike to the Diet to explain the land deal?

 

In favor

74.6

 

Opposed

14.8

 

D/K+N/A

10.6

 

 

Q8: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife, Akie, took the post of honorary principal of the elementary school that Moritomo Gakuen plans to open, but she later resigned. At the Diet, PM Abe has denied involvement in the sale of state-owned land and has vowed that he “will resign as prime minister and as Diet member” if he, his wife, or his office were involved. Are you convinced by the prime minister’s explanation of his ties to the school?

 

Yes

30.8

 

No

58.3

 

D/K+N/A

10.9

 

 

Q9: The government plans to handle abdication through one-off legislation that allows abdication for the current emperor only. 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

27.6

 

Abdication should be allowed for all emperors by revising the Imperial Household Law

63.8

 

It is not necessary to allow abdication

3.3

 

D/K+N/A

5.3

 

 

Q10: The government seeks to have the current Diet session enact a bill that would amend the Act on Punishment of Organized Crimes to change the structural elements of conspiracy and criminalizes conspiracy even if the plans are not executed. The government says that this is indispensable to combat terrorism while others are voicing concerns that human rights could be violated. Are you in favor of or opposed to this legislative amendment?

 

In favor

33.0

 

Opposed

45.5

 

D/K+N/A

21.5

 

 

Q11: During a statement at the Diet, Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said that “Japan should reclaim the spirit of the Imperial Rescript on Education,” which outlined the core principles of education in prewar Japan. The Rescript was linked to militaristic education and was rejected and annulled by resolution of both Houses of the Diet in 1948. Do you think that Inada’s statement was appropriate for a defense minister?

 

Yes

12.4

 

No

71.8

 

D/K+N/A

15.8

 

 

Q12: The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has revised the term of its party president to allow three consecutive three-year terms for a total of nine years of service. This means that Prime Minister Abe could serve a third term after he completes his current term in the autumn of 2018. Do you think it would be desirable for Prime Minister Abe to serve a third term as LDP president?

 

Yes

45.2

 

No

44.4

 

D/K+N/A

10.4

 

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis on March 11–12 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 1,463. Valid responses were obtained from 1,018 persons.

 

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