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OPINION POLLS

Kyodo News [spot] opinion poll & results from Tokyo Shimbun

  • March 27, 2017
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 24
  • JMH Translation

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures in parentheses are the results of the last survey conducted March 11–12.)

 

Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

52.4

(55.7)

No

32.5

(30.7)

Don’t know (D/K) + No answer (N/A)

15.1

(13.6)

 

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

15.2

(14.1)

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

11.0

(10.5)

The prime minister has leadership ability

15.1

(16.6)

Something can be expected of its economic policies

8.2

(9.5)

Something can be expected of its foreign policy

10.1

(12.2)

Something can be expected of its political reforms

1.1

(1.1)

Something can be expected of its tax reforms

0.5

(1.6)

Something can be expected of its administrative reforms

1.9

(0.6)

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

36.4

(33.1)

Other answers (O/A)

0.1

(0.6)

D/K+N/A

0.4

(0.1)

 

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

22.6

(22.2)

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

12.6

(13.3)

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

2.1

(2.1)

Nothing can be expected of its economic policies

20.8

(20.9)

Nothing can be expected of its foreign policy

4.4

(3.5)

Nothing can be expected of its political reforms

8.6

(9.0)

Nothing can be expected of its tax reforms

3.2

(5.2)

Nothing can be expected of its administrative reforms

6.1

(4.4)

Don’t like the prime minister’s personal character

13.9

(14.8)

O/A

5.3

(3.4)

D/K+N/A

0.4

(1.2)

 

Q4: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

42.4

(43.8)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

8.8

(9.4)

Komeito (Komeito)

3.8

(2.8)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4.5

(3.7)

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

3.9

(2.0)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0.5

(0.3)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.8

(0.8)

Party for Japanese Kokoro (Nihon no Kokoro)

(0.3)

Other political parties, groups

(–)

None of the above (NOTA)

34.1

(36.0)

D/K+N/A

1.2

(0.9)

 

Q5: In sworn testimony at the Diet, Osaka-based Moritomo Gakuen school corporation head Yasunori Kagoike said that he received a donation of 1 million yen from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife, Akie. The prime minister and others are denying the donation. Do you accept the explanations given by Prime Minister Abe and others?

 

Yes

30.2

 

No

58.7

 

D/K+N/A

11.1

 

 

Q6: It was revealed that a government official assisting the First Lady replied by facsimile to an inquiry from Kagoike regarding the purchase of state-owned land by Moritomo Gakuen. The prime minister is denying his and his wife’s involvement in the discounted sale. Are you convinced by the prime minister’s explanations?

 

Yes

28.7

 

No

62.6

 

D/K+N/A

8.7

 

 

 

Q7: Do you think that Akie Abe should be summoned to the Diet to give an explanation?

 

She should be asked to give an explanation at the Diet

52.0

 

It is not necessary to ask her to give an explanation at the Diet

42.8

 

D/K+N/A

5.2

 

 

Q8: Do you think that the government’s explanations of the sale have been sufficient?

 

Yes

10.7

(5.2)

No

82.5

(87.6)

D/K+N/A

6.8

(7.2)

 

Q9: How do you think the legal amendments to allow abdication should be handled?

 

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

34.6

 

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

57.4

 

It is not necessary to allow abdication

3.1

 

D/K+N/A

4.9

 

 

Q10: The speaker and vice-speaker of the House of Representatives and the president and vice-president of the House of Councillors have compiled the Diet’s consensus opinion which will serve as the core of the enactment of a special law to allow abdication by the current emperor. Are you in favor of or opposed to handling abdication through one-off legislation that allows abdication for the current emperor only?

 

In favor

56.2

 

Opposed

34.9

 

D/K+N/A

8.9

 

 

Q11: The cabinet approved legislation 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 seeks to have the current Diet session enact the bill. The government says the legislation 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

38.8

 

Opposed

40.0

 

D/K+N/A

21.2

 

 

Q12: Do you think that Defense Minister Tomomi Inada is responsible for the handling of the daily activity logs for the Ground Self-Defense Forces (GSDF) units dispatched to South Sudan to participate in the United Nations peacekeeping operations (PKO), which the Defense Ministry said had been destroyed but the GSDF had actually retained?

 

Yes

58.5

 

No

31.0

 

D/K+N/A

10.5

 

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis on March 25–26 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 1,460. Valid responses were obtained from 1,018 persons.

 

 

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