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OPINION POLLS

Opinion poll & results from Nikkei Digital

  • November 3, 2017
  • , Nikkei digital , 1:00 a.m.
  • JMH Translation

Questions & answers (%)

 

Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

54(50)

No

38(42)

Not sure + Don’t know

8(8)

 

  • Q1SQ1: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the foregoing question) Why? (Select as many responses as you would like from the eight options below.)

 

 

It is a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

28(27)

It has good policies

16(14)

It has an international outlook

32(29)

It has leadership ability

22(26)

It offers a sense of stability

45(35)

The prime minister is trustworthy

16(18)

It is clean

6(3)

It administers the government and the political party well

15(9)

Other

2(3)

Not sure + Don’t know

5(5)

 

  • Q1SQ2: (Only for those who answered “no” to the foregoing question) Why not? (Select as many responses as you would like from the eight options below.)

 

 

It is a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

40(38)

It has bad policies

25(31)

It does not have an international outlook

10(9)

It does not have leadership ability

11(16)

It does not offer a sense of stability

15(17)

The prime minister is untrustworthy

46(45)

It is not clean

17(20)

It administers the government and the political party poorly

28(32)

Other

1(1)

Not sure + Don’t know

3(4)

 

Q2: Which political party do you support now? Please name only one.

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

44

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

14

Komeito (Komeito)

5

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

4

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

1

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4

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

3

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0

Other political party

0

None of the above (NOTA)

23

Not sure + Don’t know

2

 

Q3: Do you approve of the fourth Abe cabinet lineup and the Liberal Democratic Party’s executive roster?

 

Yes

42

No

36

Can’t say either way

8

Not sure + Don’t know

14

 

Q4: In the Lower House election, the LDP and Komeito secured 313 seats, thus maintaining its two-thirds majority. What do you think about the number of seats won by the ruling parties?

 

The ruling parties won just the right number of seats

32

It would have been good if the ruling parties had won more seats

14

It would have been better if the ruling parties had won fewer seats

47

Other

0

Not sure + Don’t know

7

 

Q5: Which policy issues would you like to see the Abe administration place priority on? Select as many as you wish from the 10 items below.

 

Economic policies

35

Fiscal reconstruction

24

Reform of the tax system, including the consumption tax

35

Administrative reform

12

Foreign policy and security policy

29

Reform of social security, including pensions and social welfare

53

Nuclear and energy policy

24

Education policy

23

Constitutional amendment

13

Work-style reform

22

Other

1

Not sure + Don’t know

6

 

Q6: Prime Minister Abe plans to implement the consumption tax hike as scheduled in October 2019 and use the increase in tax revenues to fund child-rearing support and free education. Are you in favor of or opposed to this plan?

 

In favor

56

Opposed

34

Can’t say either way

5

Not sure + Don’t know

5

 

Q7: How reliable do you think Prime Minister Abe is?

 

Very

8

Somewhat

49

Not very

28

Not at all

12

Other

0

Not sure + Don’t know

4

Reliable (total)

56

Unreliable (total)

40

 

Q8: Prime Minister Abe would like to add a provision to Article 9 of the Constitution explicitly stating the existence of the Self-Defense Forces while leaving the current provisions of the article untouched. Are you in favor of or opposed to this?

 

In favor

44

Opposed

41

Can’t say either way

5

Not sure + Don’t know

10

 

  • Q8SQ: (Only for those who answered “in favor” to the foregoing question) When do you think a national referendum for constitutional amendments should be held? Select one from the three options below.

 

 

In 2018

37

In 2019

27

In 2020

29

Other

0

Not sure + Don’t know

6

 

Q9: Prime Minister Abe is currently in his second term as president of the Liberal Democratic Party, and his term will end in September next year. Are you in favor of or opposed to Abe’s being elected for a third term as LDP president and continuing to serve as prime minister?

 

In favor

44

Opposed

46

Can’t say either way

4

Not sure + Don’t know

5

 

Q10: Lower House member Yukio Edano has set up the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ). Are you optimistic about the CDPJ?

 

Yes

44

No

46

Can’t say either way

3

Not sure + Don’t know

7

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted on Nov. 1–2 [by Nikkei Research Inc. via random-digit dialing (RDD) to both landlines and mobile phones. It drew 973 responses from men and women aged 18 and older nationwide, for a response rate of 45.5%.] Figures in parentheses denote the results of the previous survey conducted Sept. 22–24. Figures are rounded off. In some cases, the total percentage may not add up to 100%. Regarding the cabinet support rate, a follow-up question was posed to respondents who answered “not sure” or “don’t know”: “Which is closer to your view?” Regarding political party support, a follow-up question was posed to pollees who responded “not sure,” “don’t know,” or “none of the above”: “If you had to say, which political party do you feel positively about?” The responses to the follow-up questions were added to the responses to the initial questions.

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