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OPINION POLLS

Opinion poll & results from Nikkei Digital

Questions & answers (%)

 

Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

52(54)

No

39(38)

Not sure + Don’t know

9(8)

 

Q2: Which political party do you support now? Please name only one.

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

39(44)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (Rikken Minshuto)

14(14)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

2(4)

Komeito (Komeito)

5(5)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(4)

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

2(3)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0(0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0(0)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

1(1)

Other political party

0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

30(23)

Not sure + Don’t know

3(2)

 

Q3: The Ministry of Finance is considering proposing to the ruling parties an income tax reform that would increase taxes for company employees who earn over 8 or 9 million yen a year and decrease taxes for the self-employed and freelancers. Are you in favor of or opposed to this proposal?

 

In favor

53

Opposed

28

Can’t say either way

7

Not sure + Don’t know

12

 

Q4: The government plans to make authorized nursery schools for children ages three to five free for all households regardless of parents’ income. What do you think about this plan?

 

Such schools should be free regardless of parents’ income

26

High-income earners should shoulder a portion of the costs

57

Such schools should not be made free regardless of parents’ income

11

Other

0

Not sure + Don’t know

6

 

Q5: What stance do you think Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should take in regard to relations with China?

 

Japan’s making concessions is an inevitable part of advancing relations with China

32

It is not necessary for Japan to hurry to improve relations with China if Japan has to make concessions

53

Can’t say either way

6

Not sure + Don’t know

9

 

Q6: How should the international community handle North Korea’s continued nuclear and missile development?

 

It should resolve the issue using dialogue

31

It should strengthen economic sanctions

53

It should consider military action

9

Other

0

Not sure + Don’t know

6

 

Q7: Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Yoshimasa Hayashi has approved Kake Educational Institution’s plan to build a new veterinary school. Do you approve of this decision?

 

Yes

27

No

60

Can’t say either way

5

Not sure + Don’t know

8

 

Q8: The government has explained that proper procedures were taken in relation to the approval of Kake Educational Institution’s construction of a new veterinary school. Are you convinced by the government’s explanations?

 

Yes

19

No

71

Can’t say either way

4

Not sure + Don’t know

6

 

Q9: The Democratic Party split up, and its members have divided up among the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, the Party of Hope, and the Group of Independents in the Lower House. Do you think they should join forces going forward?

 

Yes

30

No

61

Can’t say either way

3

Not sure + Don’t know

6

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted on Nov. 24–26 [by Nikkei Research Inc. via random-digit dialing (RDD) to both landlines and mobile phones. It drew 1,013 responses from men and women aged 18 and older nationwide, for a response rate of 49.4%.] Figures in parentheses denote the results of the previous [spot] survey conducted Nov. 1–2. Figures are rounded off. In some cases, the total percentage may not add up to 100%. Regarding the cabinet support rate, a follow-up question was posed to respondents who answered “not sure” or “don’t know”: “Which is closer to your view?” Regarding political party support, a follow-up question was posed to pollees who responded “not sure,” “don’t know,” or “none of the above”: “If you had to say, which political party do you feel positively about?” The responses to the follow-up questions were added to the responses to the initial questions.

 

 

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