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Opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

  • September 12, 2017
  • , Yomiuri , p. 10
  • 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 Aug. 3–4.

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

50(42)

No

39(48)

Other answers (O/A)

2(1)

No answer (N/A)

9(9)

 

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

13

The prime minister is trustworthy

10

The cabinet’s lineup is good

2

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

14

Because it’s better than its predecessors

42

O/A

2

N/A

4

 

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

19

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

4

The prime minister is untrustworthy

50

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

8

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

13

Because its predecessors were better

3

O/A

1

N/A

3

 

Q: Which political party do you support now?

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

40(36)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

5(6)

Komeito (Komeito)

3(3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(3)

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

1(1)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0(0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0(1)

Party for Japanese Kokoro (Nihon no Kokoro)

–(–)

O/A

0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

45(45)

N/A

2(4)

 

Q: Do you approve of the Abe cabinet’s economic policies?

 

Yes

41

No

43

N/A

15

 

Q: North Korea has repeatedly conducted nuclear weapons tests and fired missiles. To persuade the country to cease such acts, do you think the international community should place more emphasis on dialogue or on pressure through economic sanctions and other means?

 

Dialogue

38

Pressure

51

N/A

10

 

Q: Do you approve of the summit diplomacy that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has engaged in to address the nuclear tests and missile launches by North Korea?           

 

Yes

50

No

37

N/A

13

 

Q: The Ministry of Defense plans to introduce the ground-based Aegis Ashore missile interception system to bolster the nation’s missile defense capabilities. Are you in favor of or opposed to this?

 

In favor

64

Opposed

22

N/A

14

 

Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would like to add a provision to Article 9 of the Constitution to clearly state the existence of the Self-Defense Forces while not changing the current text of the article, which stipulates that Japan renounces war and will not maintain war potential. Are you in favor of or opposed to this plan?

 

In favor

51

Opposed

37

N/A

12

 

Q: What are your views on the timing for the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to submit its constitutional amendment proposals to the Diet? Select one from the following three.*

 

The LDP should submit the proposals to the extraordinary session of the Diet this autumn

26

The LDP should submit them to next year’s ordinary Diet session or later

27

There is no need for the LDP to submit proposals

37

N/A

10

 

Q: Are you optimistic about Seiji Maehara as the new leader of the Democratic Party?

 

Yes

33

No

60

N/A

7

 

Q: Do you approve of the appointment of Atsushi Oshima to the position of secretary-general of the Democratic Party?

 

Yes

22

No

43

N/A

35

 

Q: Are you in favor of or opposed to the Democratic Party engaging in electoral cooperation with the Japanese Communist Party in the next Lower House election, which will elect the administration?

 

In favor

31

Opposed

49

N/A

20

 

Q: Do you think the Lower House should be dissolved and a general election held as soon as possible or do you think that there is no need to rush?

 

The Lower House should be dissolved and a general election held as soon as possible

26

There is no need to rush

66

N/A

8

 

Q: Are you optimistic about “Nippon First no Kai” (Japan First Party), the political group set up by Masaru Wakasa, a Lower House member and close ally of Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike?

 

Yes

41

No

46

N/A

12

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted Sept. 8–10 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 1,097 persons, including 554 persons (out of the 919 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 543 persons (out of the 1,171 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 60% for landline numbers and 46% 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%, and “–” denotes that no respondents gave that answer.

 

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