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OPINION POLLS

Opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

Questionnaire is slightly abridged.

Asterisks indicate that the choices were read aloud to the respondent.

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the previous survey conducted Dec. 8–10.

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

54(53)

No

35(36)

Other answers (O/A)

6(2)

No answer (N/A)

5(9)

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the foregoing question) Select only one from among the following six reasons for your approval of the Abe cabinet.*

 

Something can be expected of its policy measures

14

The prime minister has leadership ability

13

The prime minister is trustworthy

10

The cabinet’s lineup is good

3

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

17

Because it’s better than its predecessors

41

O/A

2

N/A

2

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the foregoing question) Select only one from among the following six reasons for your disapproval of the Abe cabinet.*

 

Nothing can be expected of its policy measures

23

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

3

The prime minister is untrustworthy

44

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

5

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

19

Because its predecessors were better

3

O/A

1

N/A

3

 

Q: Which political party do you support now?

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

39(40)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

8(9)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

 1(2)

Komeito (Komeito)

 4(3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2(2)

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

1(1)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

 –(–)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

 1(0)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

1(1)

O/A

 0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

40(39)

N/A

2(2)

 

Q: Do you approve of the Abe cabinet’s economic policies?

 

Yes

47

No

40

N/A

13

 

Q: Do you have a tangible sense of economic recovery under the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

20

No

73

N/A

7

 

Q: Which issues would you like to see the Abe cabinet place priority on going forward? Select as many as you would like from the following list.*

 

Economy and employment

88

Tax system reform, including the consumption tax

55

Social security for older persons, including pensions

74

Child-rearing support and free education

68

Diplomacy and security, including the North Korea issue

78

Energy policy, including nuclear power

53

Work-style reform

53

Constitutional amendment

27

Issues related to Moritomo Gakuen and Kake Educational Institution

39

O/A

0

None in particular

0

N/A

0

 

Q: The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is considering two options for explicitly stating the existence of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) in the Constitution: either retaining Paragraph 2 of Article 9, which states that Japan will never again maintain war potential, or deleting this paragraph. Which of the following is closest to your thinking? Select only one from the following.*

 

Paragraph 2 of Article 9 should be retained and provisions giving the grounds for the SDF added

32

Paragraph 2 of Article 9 should be deleted and the aims and character of the SDF should be stated clearly

34

There is no need to explicitly stipulate the existence of the SDF in the Constitution

22

N/A

13

 

Q: Do you think the Diet should promote debate on the Constitution so that a conclusion is reached on a concrete proposal for amendments?

 

Yes

62

No

30

N/A

8

 

Q: Do you think South Korea is trustworthy?* 

 

Very trustworthy

1

Somewhat trustworthy

18

Not very trustworthy

43

Not at all trustworthy

35

N/A

3

 

Q: Regarding the 2015 agreement reached between the Japanese and South Korean governments as the final resolution of the former comfort women issue, South Korean President Moon Jae-in has set out a new policy to effectively seek additional measures from Tokyo. Can you accept this policy?

 

Yes

5

No

86

N/A

9

 

Q: The Japanese government has said that it will not comply with additional requests from the South Korean government regarding the former comfort women issue. Do you support this stance?

 

Yes

83

No

11

N/A

6

 

Q: North Korea has repeatedly conducted nuclear weapons tests and missile launches. Do you think the international community should place importance on dialogue with North Korea or that it should place importance on pressure?

 

Dialogue

40

Pressure

50

N/A

9

 

Q: North Korea and South Korea have agreed that Pyongyang will dispatch a delegation of athletes to the PyeongChang Olympics and the two countries’ military officials will meet for talks. Do you think this will lead to a resolution of North Korea’s nuclear tests and missile launches?

 

Yes

13

No

78

N/A

8

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on Jan. 12–14 on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis and targeted voters aged 18 or over with calls placed to landline and mobile phone numbers. Valid responses were received from a total of 1,070 persons, including 542 persons (out of the 897 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 528 persons (out of the 1,227 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 60% for landline numbers and 43% for mobile numbers.

 

Figures are rounded off. In some graphs and charts, the total percentage may not add up to 100%.

 

“0” indicates that the figure was below 0.5%, and “–” denotes that no respondents gave that answer.

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