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OPINION POLLS

Opinion poll & results from Sankei Shimbun

  • March 21, 2017
  • , Sankei , p. 5
  • JMH Translation

Main Questions & Answers of the Sankei-FNN Joint Opinion Poll (%)

 

Q: Do you support Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet?

 

Yes

57.4

(58.8)

No

30.9

(30.1)

Other answers (O/A)

11.7

(11.1)

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

38.0

(36.9)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

8.4

(10.8)

Komeito (Komeito)

4.5

(2.5)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3.8

(6.1)

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

3.6

(3.2)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.4

(0.7)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

1.1

(0.6)

Party for Japanese Kokoro (Nihon no Kokoro)

0.2

(0.2)

Other political parties

1.6

(1.3)

None of the above (NOTA)

37.9

(37.4)

O/A

0.5

(0.3)

 

Q: Do you approve of the Abe administration on the following points?

 

Prime Minister Abe’s personal character

Yes

65.0

(67.1)

No

28.1

(26.3)

O/A

6.9

(6.6)

 

Prime Minister Abe’s leadership

Yes

61.9

(62.6)

No

30.5

(30.3)

O/A

7.6

(7.1)

 

Economic policy measures

Yes

38.2

(34.3)

No

50.9

(54.4)

O/A

10.9

(11.3)

 

Social security policy

Yes

33.4

(28.1)

No

54.6

(60.9)

O/A

12.0

(11.0)

 

Foreign and security policies

Yes

52.3

(52.5)

No

36.9

(36.8)

O/A

10.8

(10.7)

 

Q: What are your views on abdication?

 

It would be best to handle abdication through a special law that allows abdication for the current emperor only and has the Diet and the Japanese people decide abdication for future emperors each time the issue of abdication arises

45.5

 

It would be best for the main rules of the Imperial Household Law to be revised to create a permanent system that would allow abdication for all emperors

47.3

 

Emperors should not abdicate

4.4

 

O/A

2.8

 

 

Q: The government plans to submit to the current Diet session a bill for a special law that would allow abdication for the current emperor only. Are you in favor or opposed to this bill?

 

In favor

78.3

(67.5)

Opposed

16.2

(27.4)

O/A

5.5

(5.1)

 

Q: The government has decided to withdraw the Ground Self-Defense Forces units dispatched to participate in the United Nations peacekeeping operations (PKO) in South Sudan. What do you think of the timing of the withdrawal?

 

Appropriate

54.2

 

Too late

25.2

 

Too soon

13.9

 

O/A

6.7

 

 

Q: The following questions concern the government’s sale of state-owned land to Osaka-based Moritomo Gakuen school corporation at a price that was below the land’s appraised value.

 

Are you convinced by the government’s explanations to date?

Yes

10.0

 

No

84.7

 

O/A

5.3

 

 

Do you think the Diet should invite those involved in the sale to offer explanations, in addition to summoning Moritomo Gakuen President Yasunori Kagoike as a sworn witness?

Yes

84.7

 

No

12.3

 

O/A

3.0

 

 

Q: Defense Minister Tomomi Inada revised her Diet statement on her ties with President Kagoike and it has been revealed that the Ground Self-Defense Forces retained the daily logs for the units dispatched to South Sudan to participate in UN peacekeeping operations. What do you think of her handling of the matters?

 

Her character is inappropriate for a government minister, and she should resign

35.9

 

She should further fulfill her responsibility to explain [her conduct]

55.0

 

There is no problem with her explanations to date

6.5

 

O/A

2.6

 

 

Q: The government has essentially decided on a proposal to limit overtime work to “45 hours a month,” to cap overtime work at particularly busy periods to “less than 100 hours a month,” and to levy a fine on violators. The following questions concern this work style reform.

 

What do you think of this proposal?

It is appropriate

36.6

 

Overtime hours should be decreased further

43.8

 

Overtime hours should be increased further

12.2

 

O/A

7.4

 

 

Do you think karoshi (death from overwork) will decrease with this restriction of overtime hours?

Yes

28.5

 

No

63.1

 

O/A

8.4

 

 

Q: The government plans to submit to the current Diet session a bill to add the charge of making preparations for terrorism. Legislative revisions will include making the structural elements of conspiracy stricter. Are you in favor of or opposed to this bill?

 

In favor

57.6

 

Opposed

31.2

 

O/A

11.2

 

 

Q: The Liberal Democratic Party has lengthened the term of its president to “three consecutive three-year terms for a total of nine years.” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s term as LDP president expires in September 2018. Are you in favor of or opposed to his serving a third term?

 

In favor

51.0

 

Opposed

42.4

 

O/A

6.6

 

 

Q: In preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, the government plans to promote stronger measures to address secondhand smoking. Which of the following two proposals do you think is better: to ban smoking in principle in restaurants and bars or to obligate restaurants and bars to post notices specifying if their establishment is smoking, separates smoking and nonsmoking areas, or is nonsmoking so that those going to the establishment can choose?

 

The proposal to ban smoking in principle

37.6

 

To require restaurants and bars to post notices so that those going to the establishment can choose

60.3

 

O/A

2.1

 

 

Q: North Korea launched ballistic missiles, some of which fell into Japan’s exclusive economic zone. Do you think that Japan should possess the capacity to attack enemy bases – the capability to attack an enemy’s missile-launching bases and the like if such a threat to Japan is imminent?

 

Japan should possess such capability

29.1

 

Japan should consider possessing such capability

46.0

 

Japan should not possess such capability

20.2

 

O/A

4.7

 

 

Q: Do you support Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike?

 

Yes

79.3

(77.5)

No

12.7

(13.6)

O/A

8.0

(8.9)

 

(Note) Parenthesized figures denote the results of the last survey conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network on Feb. 18–19. “O/A” for “other answers” denotes “don’t know,” “can’t say,” etc.

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted until the calculated number of responses was obtained by placing telephone calls on a random digit dialing (RDD) basis adjusted to the gender and age composition of each survey area. A total of 1,000 men and women, aged 18 and over, across the nation were surveyed. [The survey was conducted on March 18–19, 2017.]

 

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