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55% ‘oppose’ LDP proposal for cutting Diet question hours allocated to opposition, Asahi poll

  • November 14, 2017
  • , Asahi , p. 3
  • JMH Translation

The Asahi Shimbun conducted a nationwide (telephone-based) survey on Nov. 11-12. Of those who responded, 55% opposed the Liberal Democratic Party’s proposal for cutting Diet question hours allocated to the opposition camp, whereas 29% were in favor. With regards to the Japan-U.S. summit held on Nov. 6, 59% showed support. But asked whether they have more hope or concern about the collaboration between Japan and the U.S. to step up pressure on North Korea, 56% answered “more concern,” surpassing the 35% who responded “more hope.”

 

Of those who “praised” the latest Japan-U.S. summit, 48% said they had “hope” for [Japan and the U.S] increasing pressure on North Korea, whereas 45% expressed “concern. Asked whether they trust U.S. President Donald Trump as a leader of Japan’s allies, 61% said “cannot trust him much” or “cannot trust him at all.” Meanwhile, those who answered “can trust him to a great extent” and “can trust him to some extent” come to 37%.

 

With regards to LDP’s proposal for cutting Diet question hours allocated to the opposition camp, 48% of LDP supporters were “in favor,” while 37% of LDP supporters were “opposed.” The trend reversed when it comes to those who do not support specific political parties. Those who answered “favor” come to 18%, with those who oppose at 59%.

 

The survey also questioned the opening of a new veterinary medicine school by Kake Educational Institution, over which the opposition camp is planning to grill the ruling parties in the Diet session. 48% responded the government “should not approve” the establishment outnumbering the 33% who answered “should approve.” Of those who support the Abe cabinet, 54% answered “should approve,” whereas of those who do not support specific political parties, 55% said “should not approve.”

 

Asked which quality they want Prime Minister Abe to demonstrate, “strong leadership” or “coordinating skills,” 68% answered “coordinating skills,” surpassing the 25% who said “leadership.” Even among LDP supporters, 56% answered “coordinating skills,” while 40% said “leadership.”

 

The support rate for the Abe cabinet was 44% (previous survey taken Oct. 23–24, 42%) while the nonsupport rate was 39% (39%).

 

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