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Opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

  • March 20, 2017
  • , Yomiuri , p. 13
  • 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 Feb. 17–19.

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

56(66)

No

33(24)

Other answers (O/A)

5(4)

No answer (N/A)

7(5)

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the foregoing question) Select only one from among the following six reasons for your approval of the Abe cabinet.*

 

Something can be expected of its policy measures

13

The prime minister has leadership ability

16

The prime minister is trustworthy

11

The cabinet’s lineup is good

1

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

11

Because it’s better than its predecessors

43

O/A

1

N/A

5

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the foregoing question) Select only one from among the following six reasons for your disapproval of the Abe cabinet.*

 

Nothing can be expected of its policy measures

21

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

4

The prime minister is untrustworthy

31

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

13

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

21

Because its predecessors were better

4

O/A

0

N/A

5

 

Q: Which political party do you support now?

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

40(43)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

7(6)

Komeito (Komeito)

2(4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(3)

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

2(1)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0(0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1(0)

Party for Japanese Kokoro (Nihon no Kokoro)

–(0)

O/A

0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

43(40)

N/A

2(2)

 

Q: The ruling parties and most opposition parties have agreed to ask the government to enact a special law to allow the current emperor to abdicate, and the legislative bill will likely be submitted to this session of the Diet. Do you approve of this agreement to ask the government to enact the law?

 

Yes

79

No

10

N/A

11

 

Q: Do you think the government should hurry to address the decrease in the number of males in the Imperial Family in line to accede to the Chrysanthemum Throne? Or do you think the government should take a cautious approach to the matter?

 

Should hurry

29

Should take a cautious approach

64

N/A

8

 

Q: The government, Japan Business Federation [Keidanren], and Japanese Trade Union Confederation [RENGO] have agreed to limit the number of hours of overtime work at particularly busy times to “less than 100 hours per month.” Do you think this agreement will have an impact?

 

Yes

30

No

57

N/A

13

 

Q: How much of a threat do you feel from North Korea’s nuclear and missile development? Please select one from the following four.*

 

Very much

54

Somewhat

35

Not much

8

Not at all

3

N/A

1

 

Q: The government plans to withdraw the Ground Self-Defense Forces units dispatched to South Sudan for United Nations peacekeeping operations (PKO). Do you approve of this policy?

 

Yes

71

No

15

N/A

14

 

Q: The daily logs that record the activities of the SDF dispatched for the PKO in South Sudan were retained by the Ground Self Defense Forces, which said it had destroyed them. Do you think that Defense Minister Tomomi Inada bears major responsibility in this issue?

 

Yes

60

No

29

N/A

11

 

Q: The government sold state-owned land to Osaka-based Moritomo Gakuen school corporation at a price that was over 800 million yen lower than the land’s appraised value, and it has explained the discount by saying it stemmed from deducting waste-removal costs. Are you convinced by the explanation?

 

Yes

7

No

85

N/A

8

 

Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has denied he or his wife, Akie, was involved in the sale of the state-owned land to Osaka-based Moritomo Gakuen school corporation. Are you convinced by this explanation?

 

Yes

24

No

64

N/A

12

 

Q: How do you view the series of statements at the Diet by Defense Minister Inada explaining her ties with Moritomo Gakuen? Please select one from the following four.*

 

Very problematic

42

Somewhat problematic

39

Not very problematic

10

Not problematic at all

3

N/A

6

 

Q: Are you optimistic about “Tomin First no Kai,” the regional political party unofficially led by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike?

 

Yes

61

No

28

N/A

11

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted March 18–19 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 1,092 persons, including 531 persons (out of the 912 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 561 persons (out of the 1,252 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 58% for landline numbers and 45% 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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