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OPINION POLLS

Kyodo News opinion poll & results from Tokyo Shimbun

  • November 3, 2017
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 6
  • JMH Translation

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures in parentheses are the results of the last survey conducted Sept. 2–3.)

 

Q1: Do you support the fourth Abe cabinet, which was launched recently?

 

Yes

49.5

(44.5)

No

38.3

(46.1)

Don’t know (D/K) + No answer (N/A)

12.2

(9.4)

 

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

9.7

(12.2)

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

13.2

(11.5)

The prime minister has leadership ability

8.5

(6.7)

Something can be expected of its economic policies

12.4

(12.3)

Something can be expected of its foreign policy

14.4

(11.8)

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

40.5

(44.7)

Other answers (O/A)

1.1

(0.7)

D/K+N/A

0.2

(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

45.2

(44.6)

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

7.2

(5.0)

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

3.7

(5.0)

Nothing can be expected of its economic policies

22.3

(19.6)

Nothing can be expected of its foreign policy

4.2

(7.4)

Don’t think the prime minister is appropriate for the position

13.6

(15.3)

O/A

2.8

(2.4)

D/K+N/A

1.0

(0.7)

 

Q4: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

38.9

(34.7)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (Rikken Minshuto)

16.1

 

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

5.7

 

Komeito (Komeito)

4.0

(4.0)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

0.9

(7.5)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3.1

(3.0)

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

2.7

(2.5)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0.4

(0.3)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.5

(0.7)

Other political parties, groups

0.3

(0.5)

None of the above (NOTA)

25.4

(45.9)

D/K+N/A

2.0

(0.8)

 

Q5: In the recent Lower House election, the ruling parties of the Liberal Democratic Party and the Komeito retained control of the administration by gaining two-thirds of the seats. What do you think of this result?

 

It is good

32.5

 

It is not good

28.7

 

Can’t say either way

37.4

 

D/K+N/A

1.4

 

 

Q6: In the Lower House election, the opposition parties did not increase their number of seats. As a result, the LDP will continue to dominate politics. Do you think it would be better if a change in government could be achieved through a two-party system?

 

Yes

56.2

 

No

35.2

 

D/K+N/A

8.6

 

 

Q7: What do you think would be the best move for the opposition parties going forward?

 

As many opposition parties as possible should join together and create a single party with the aim of achieving a change in government

19.3

 

The opposition parties should remain as separate parties and challenge the ruling parties by cooperating together

37.8

 

The opposition parties should take on the ruling parties on an issue-by-issue basis

34.9

 

O/A

0.9

 

D/K+N/A

7.1

 

 

Q8: What issues do you think the Abe cabinet should place priority on going forward? Select up to two responses.

 

Economic policies, including employment

39.6

 

Fiscal reconstruction

20.8

 

Promotion of economic partnership agreements (EPA)

3.5

 

Pensions, healthcare, and nursing care

42.5

 

Child-rearing and measures to address the drop in the birthrate

31.5

 

Disaster prevention and reconstruction from the earthquake

11.1

 

Security policy and diplomacy

19.7

 

Regional revitalization

10.7

 

Constitutional amendment

6.8

 

O/A

1.1

 

D/K+N/A

1.0

 

 

Q9: Are you in favor of or opposed to constitutional amendment under Prime Minister Abe?

 

In favor

39.4

 

Opposed

50.2

 

D/K+N/A

10.4

 

 

Q10: Prime Minister Abe wants to revise the constitution by clearly stating in Article 9 the existence of the Self-Defense Forces. Are you in favor of or opposed to amending Article 9 in this way?

 

In favor

38.3

 

Opposed

52.6

 

D/K+N/A

9.1

 

 

Q11: Prime Minister Abe will end his second term as president of the LDP in September next year. Would you like to see Abe win the LDP presidential election and continue as prime minister?

 

Yes

41.0

 

No

51.2

 

D/K+N/A

7.8

 

 

Note: In questions where multiple answers are permitted, the percentages tally to more than 100.

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis from the afternoon of Nov. 1–2 targeting voters across the nation. However, the survey excluded landline numbers in some areas in Fukushima Prefecture. The survey covered 726 randomly selected households with eligible voters nationwide [by landline numbers], with responses collected from 503 people. A total of 1,138 people were accessed through their mobile phones, of which 504 responded.

 

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