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  • November 14, 2017
  • , Mainichi , p. 5
  • JMH Translation

Questions & answers (%)

(T = total; P = previous; M = male; F = female)

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

46

(36)

53

38

No

36

(42)

31

41

Not interested

15

(19)

14

16

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the above question) Why?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Because the prime minister is from the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan

11

(13)

10

12

Because I think highly of Abe

19

(24)

23

14

Because something can be expected of the prime minister’s policies

23

(13)

28

15

Because there are no other good people or political parties

46

(48)

39

55

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the above question) Why?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Because the prime minister is from the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan

2

(3)

1

3

Because I don’t think highly of Abe

49

(46)

58

43

Because nothing can be expected of the prime minister’s policies

37

(41)

27

44

Because there are other good people and political parties

9

(7)

8

10

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

34

 

41

27

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

14

 

13

16

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

4

 

4

4

Komeito (Komeito)

4

 

3

4

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3

 

2

4

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

2

 

2

2

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0

 

0

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0

 

1

0

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

0

 

0

0

Other political groups

1

 

1

1

None of the above (NOTA)

34

 

31

37

 

Q: Do you approve of the constitutional amendment bill to clearly define the existence of the Self-Defense Forces while retaining Article 9’s paragraphs 1 and 2?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

33

 

44

22

No

29

 

29

29

Don’t know

34

 

24

44

 

Q: As a result of the Lower House election, pro-constitutional amendment forces retained more than two-thirds of the seats in the house. Do you think the Diet should rush to propose the constitutional amendment bill?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

24

 

30

18

No

66

 

64

68

 

Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is currently serving his second term as the LDP president and the term expires in September 2018. Do you think he should continue to serve his third term?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

35

 

43

28

No

53

 

50

57

 

Q: In the Diet, most of the question time is allocated to opposition parties. But the LDP says question time should be allocated based on the number of seats. Do you think it would be better if most of the question time was allocated to opposition parties or if the question time was allocated based on the number of seats?

 

 

T

P

M

F

It would be better if most of the question time was allocated to opposition parties

54

 

61

47

It would be better if the question time was allocated based on the number of seats

32

 

31

33

 

Q: Do you support Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

30

 

25

35

No

33

 

35

31

Not interested

29

 

35

24

 

Q: Do you think the CDPJ, Party of Hope, and the DP should reunite as one party?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes  

27

 

29

26

No

58

 

61

56

 

Q: Do you think that discussions regarding Moritomo Gakuen and Kake Educational Institution should continue in the Diet?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

50

 

47

52

No

40

 

46

35

 

Q: When the consumption tax is raised to 10% in October 2019, do you think that the increase in tax revenues generated from the rise should be used more for paying off national debt or for supporting child rearing?

 

 

T

P

M

F

National debt repayment  

33

 

33

33

Child-rearing support

32

 

35

29

The consumption tax rate should not be raised in the first place

26

 

25

27

 

Q: U.S. President Donald Trump met family members of Japanese abducted by North Korea during his stay in Japan and said, “We will work on trying to get them back to their loved ones.” Do you expect the U.S. involvement will help resolve the abduction issue?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

55

 

55

55

No

36

 

38

33

 

 

(Note) Figures rounded off. “0” indicates that the figure was below 0.5%, and “–” denotes that no respondents gave that answer. “No answer” omitted. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted Sept. 26–27, 2017.

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by pollsters over the two-day period of Nov. 11–12 targeting landline and mobile telephone numbers across the nation on a computer-aided random digit sampling (RDS) basis. The survey excluded landline numbers in municipalities designated as “difficult-to-return” zones due to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. Valid responses were received from 489 persons (out of the 811 households with one or more persons age 18 or over) for landline numbers and 555 persons (out of the 839 persons age 18 or over who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 60% for landline numbers and 66% for mobile numbers.

 

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