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Opinion poll & results from Asahi Shimbun

  • November 14, 2017
  • , Asahi , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures are rounded off. Some questions and answers have been omitted. All questions were asked of all respondents except for those questions indented and marked with a bullet, which are sub-questions. The figures given for sub-questions are percentages of the respondents in the given category. Bracketed figures denote percentages of all respondents. Parenthesized figures are the results of the survey taken on Oct. 23–24.)

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

44(42)

No

39(39)

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the foregoing question) Why? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

The prime minister is Mr. Abe

10[4]

It’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

21[9]

Policies

22[10]

It seems better than the others

46[20]

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the foregoing question) Why not? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

The prime minister is Mr. Abe

22[9]

It’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

24[9]

Policies

39[15]

The others seem better

11[4]

 

 

Q: Which political party do you support now? Please give the name of the party.

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

37(39)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan(Rikken Minshuto)

12(17)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

3(3)

Komeito (Komeito)

3(4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(3)

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

2(2)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1(1)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

1(0)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0(0)

Party for Japanese Kokoro (Nihon no Kokoro)

0(0)

Other political party

1(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

30(21)

No answer (N/A) + Don’t know (D/K)

7(10)

 

Q: Which policy do you want Prime Minister Abe to prioritize? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Economy, employment

20

Social welfare

32

Nuclear power, energy

6

Education

15

Foreign policy, security

15

Constitutional amendment

6

 

Q: Which quality do you want Prime Minister Abe to attain, “strong leadership” or “coordinating skills?”

 

Strong leadership

25

Coordinating skills

68

 

Q: The LDP is proposing cutting the number of hours allocated to the opposition camp to ask questions during a Diet session and allocating more time to the ruling camp. Are you in favor of this proposal?

 

In favor

29

Opposed

55

 

Q: The DP has been split into the CDPJ, the Party of Hope and the Group of Independents. Do you think it would be better for them to stand united to challenge the LDP?

 

Better to stand united

53

Don’t think it better to stand united

37

 

Q: The government will likely approve the opening of a veterinary medicine school by Kake Educational Institution, which is run by a friend of Prime Minister Abe’s. Do you think the government should approve?

 

Should approve

33

Should not approve

48

 

Q: U.S. President Donald Trump met with Prime Minister Abe in Japan. Do you give the latest Japan-U.S. summit high marks?

 

Yes

59

No

27

 

Q: Prime Minister Abe said that “Japan and the U.S. completely agree to maximize pressure on North Korea” after his meeting with President Trump. Do you have more hope or more concern about Japan and the U.S. working together to pressure the North?

 

Hope

35

Concern

56

 

Q: U.S. President Trump met with the families of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea and an abductee. Do you expect this to help resolve the abduction issue?

 

Yes

26

No

68

 

Q: How much do you trust U.S. President Trump as a leader of Japan’s allies? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Can trust him to a great extent

3

Can trust him to some extent

34

Cannot trust him much

48

Cannot trust him at all

13

 

Q: The Nikkei Stock Average reached an all-time high in the post-bubble period. Do you feel the economy is improving? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Feel to a great extent

1

Feel to some extent

15

Hardly feel

49

Do not feel at all

33

 

Q: Do you think Prime Minister Abe’s economic policies are making direct contributions to boosting wages and jobs?

 

Yes

24

No

65

 

Q: Prime Minister Abe says that revenue to be generated from raising the consumption tax to 10% will be allocated to make tuition for kindergarten and child daycare free for children aged three to five. Are you in favor of this policy?

 

In favor

59

Opposed

32

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted on Nov. 11-12 on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis of voters nationwide with telephone calls placed by pollsters to landline and mobile phone numbers (for landlines, some districts in Fukushima Prefecture were excluded). Valid responses were received from 1,034 persons (out of 2,127 households found to have one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and from 970 persons (out of the 1,942 persons found to be eligible voters) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 49% for landline numbers and 50% for mobile numbers.

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