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OPINION POLLS

Opinion poll & results from Mainichi Shimbun

  • March 14, 2017
  • , Mainichi , p. 5
  • JMH Translation

Questions & answers (%)

(T = total; M = male; F = female)

 

Q: The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has decided to extend the term of its party president to three consecutive three-year terms for a total of nine years in office. Prime Minister Abe is currently in his second term and will complete the term in September 2018. Do you think it would be good if Prime Minister Abe continued as LDP president for a third term?

 

 

T

M

F

It would be good if Prime Minister Abe continued as LDP president

45

49

42

It would be good if he were replaced by someone else

41

41

40

 

Q: The government plans to submit to the current Diet session a bill that would criminalize acts by organized crime groups to prepare to commit crimes. The types of crimes covered have been reduced by more than half from the original number of slightly less than 700. Some have criticized the fact that ordinary citizens will also be targets of investigation. Are you in favor of or opposed to this legislative amendment?

 

 

T

M

F

In favor

30

42

20

Opposed

41

42

41

 

Q: The government plans to revise the law to strengthen measures against secondhand smoking, where nonsmokers inhale smoke from others’ cigarettes. Restaurants and bars, excluding small establishments, will in principle become nonsmoking areas. What do you think of this regulation?

 

 

T

M

F

I think it is harsh

23

29

18

I think it is lax

5

7

3

I think it is appropriate

58

54

61

 

(Note) Figures rounded off. “0” indicates that the figure was below 0.5%, and “–” denotes that no respondents gave that answer. “No answer” omitted.

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by pollsters during the two-day period of March 11–12 over the telephone across the nation on a computer-aided random digit sampling (RDS) basis. The survey excluded telephone numbers in municipalities designated as “difficult-to-return” zones due to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. A total of 1,597 households with one or more persons age 18 or over were sampled. Responses were obtained from 1,012 persons (63%).

 

 

 

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