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OPINION POLLS

Spot opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

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 previous [spot] survey conducted Oct. 23–24.

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

52(52)

No

40(37)

Other answers (O/A)

0(2)

No answer (N/A)

7(8)

 

Q: Which political party do you support now?

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

42(43)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (Rikken Minshuto)

14(14)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

5(5)

Komeito (Komeito)

3(4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(3)

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

2(2)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

–(0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0(1)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

2(1)

O/A

0(–)

None of the above (NOTA)

25(24)

N/A

3(3)

 

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

 

Yes

45

No

42

N/A

13

 

Q: The fourth Abe cabinet was launched after the Lower House election. In that cabinet, Prime Minister Abe reappointed all the ministers [who served in his previous cabinet]. Do you approve of this?

 

Yes

45

No

39

N/A

15

 

Q: Which issues would you like to see the Abe cabinet place priority on going forward? Select as many as you would like from the following list.*

 

Economy and employment

62

Tax system reform, including the consumption tax

44

Social security for older persons, including pensions

60

Child-rearing support and free education

55

Diplomacy and security, including the North Korea issue

62

Energy policy, including nuclear power

42

Work-style reform

34

Constitutional amendment

28

Issues related to Moritomo Gakuen and Kake Educational Institution

41

O/A

0

None in particular

1

N/A

1

 

Q: North Korea has repeatedly conducted nuclear weapons tests and missile launches. To convince Pyongyang to cease such activities, do you think that the international community should place importance on dialogue with North Korea or that it should place importance on pressure, including economic sanctions?

 

Dialogue

48

Pressure

41

N/A

11

 

Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will complete his term as president of the Liberal Democratic Party in September of next year. Are you in favor of or opposed to his continuing as prime minister after September next year?

 

In favor

43

Opposed

46

N/A

11

 

Q: In allocating the interpellation time to ruling and opposition parties in the Diet, do you think it would be good for time to be given generously to the opposition parties or do you think interpellation time should be allotted based on the number of seats held by the individual political parties?

 

Time should be given generously to the opposition parties

47

Time should be allocated based on the number of seats held

40

N/A

14

 

Q: Do you think that the Diet should carry out discussions with an eye to reaching a conclusion on the details of constitutional amendment bills or do you think that discussions are not necessary?

 

Diet should carry out discussions with an eye to reaching a conclusion on the details of the bills

62

Not necessary

28

N/A

10

 

Q: Given the results of the Lower House election, do you think it is understandable why some in the Party of Hope have become critical of Tokyo Governor and party representative Yuriko Koike?

 

Yes

64

No

29

N/A

7

 

Q: Do you approve of the Democratic Party’s decision to shelve merging with the Party of Hope and to continue as its own political party?

 

Yes

46

No

38

N/A

16

 

Q: From the three options below, select the one that you think would lead to the rise of an opposition party that can rival the LDP?*

 

The opposition parties, including the JCP, join hands

30

The opposition parties, excluding the JCP, join hands

32

There is no need for the opposition parties to join hands

28

N/A

9

 

Q: What are your views on the realignment of the opposition parties going forward? Select the option that you think would be optimal from the following four?*

 

Realignment centered around the CDPJ

35

Realignment centered around the Party of Hope

10

Those Diet members that formerly belonged to the DP should form a political party again

13

Reorganization is not necessary

32

O/A

0

N/A

10

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on Nov. 1–2 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 1,089 persons, including 536 persons (out of the 868 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 553 persons (out of the 1,225 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 62% 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%, and “–” denotes that no respondents gave that answer.

 

 

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