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Kyodo News opinion poll & results from Tokyo Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures in parentheses are the results of the last survey conducted Dec. 2–3.)

 

Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

49.7

(47.2)

No

36.6

(40.4)

Don’t know (D/K) + No answer (N/A)

13.7

(12.4)

 

Q2: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the previous question) What is the primary reason for your approval of the Abe cabinet?

 

The prime minister is trustworthy

11.8

(6.6)

Because it’s a coalition cabinet of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and Komeito

8.7

(10.4)

The prime minister has leadership ability

7.0

(9.0)

Something can be expected of its economic policies

15.8

(12.7)

Something can be expected of its foreign policy

14.1

(17.7)

There’s no other appropriate person [for prime minister]

41.4

(42.5)

Other answers (O/A)

0.3

(0.6)

D/K+N/A

0.9

(0.5)

 

Q3: (Only for those who answered “no” to the first question) What is the primary reason for your disapproval of the Abe cabinet?

 

The prime minister is untrustworthy

41.7

(40.8)

Because it’s a coalition cabinet of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and Komeito

8.7

(7.1)

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

3.4

(3.2)

Nothing can be expected of its economic policies

21.1

(24.4)

Nothing can be expected of its foreign policy

6.4

(7.5)

Don’t think the prime minister is appropriate for the position

13.7

(12.5)

O/A

2.8

(2.8)

D/K+N/A

2.2

(1.7)

 

Q4: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

38.4

(37.1)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

12.7

(12.5)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

1.2

(3.2)

Komeito (Komeito)

2.8

(2.7)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

1.3

(1.8)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3.8

(3.1)

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

2.4

(2.2)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0.1

(0.3)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.6

(1.1)

Other political parties, groups

0.0

(–)

None of the above (NOTA)

35.4

(34.4)

D/K+N/A

1.3

(1.6)

 

Q5: This September, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will complete his second term as Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president. Would you like to see him win the LDP presidential election and continue as prime minister?

 

Yes

45.2

 

No

47.5

 

D/K+N/A

7.3

 

 

Q6: Are you in favor of or opposed to constitutional amendment under Prime Minister Abe?

 

In favor

33.0

(36.0)

Opposed

54.8

(48.6)

D/K+N/A

12.2

(15.4)

 

Q7: Prime Minister Abe would like to amend the Constitution to explicitly state the existence of the Self-Defense Forces in Article 9. Are you in favor of or opposed to amending Article 9 of the Constitution?

 

In favor

35.3

 

Opposed

52.7

 

D/K+N/A

12.0

 

 

Q8: The government plans to equip its Air Self-Defense Force fighter aircraft with long-range cruise missiles for the first time. Some say that the possession of long-range cruise missiles violates the policy of using the Self-Defense Forces only for the defense of Japanese territories and not for attacking other countries, but the government says there is no change in its exclusively defense-oriented policy. Are you in favor of or opposed to the introduction of long-range cruise missiles?

 

In favor

41.7

 

Opposed

46.7

 

D/K+N/A

11.6

 

 

Q9: The government aims to pass a bill related to “work-style reforms” at the ordinary Diet session which starts this month. This bill includes the exemption of certain high-income, highly skilled professionals from overtime pay, and some have criticized the bill, calling it “the zero-overtime-pay bill.” Are you in favor of or opposed to the introduction of the “highly skilled professionals” system?

 

In favor

25.4

 

Opposed

54.9

 

D/K+N/A

19.7

 

 

Q10: There is a move to search for a way to strengthen collaboration among the opposition parties, including forming a joint parliamentary group, as the ruling parties hold over two-thirds of the seats in the Lower House. What do you think would be the best move for the opposition parties going forward?

 

As many opposition parties as possible should join together and create a single party with the aim of achieving a change in government

22.1

 

The opposition parties should remain as separate parties and challenge the ruling parties by cooperating together

37.1

 

The opposition parties should take on the ruling parties on an issue-by-issue basis

32.6

 

D/K+N/A

8.2

 

 

Q11: A civic group for which former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi serves as advisor has announced the main points of a bill for immediately abandoning all nuclear power plants and promoting natural energy. Are you in favor of or opposed to immediately halting the operation of all nuclear power plants in Japan?

 

In favor

49.0

 

Opposed

42.6

 

D/K+N/A

8.4

 

 

Q12: North Korea has announced it will participate in the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games to open next month in South Korea. Do you think it is desirable that North Korea participate in the Olympics?

 

Yes

58.9

 

No

31.9

 

D/K+N/A

9.2

 

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis on Jan. 13–14 targeting voters across the nation. However, the survey excluded landline numbers in some areas in Fukushima Prefecture. The survey covered 739 randomly selected households with eligible voters nationwide [by landline numbers], with responses collected from 507 people. A total of 1,122 people were accessed through their mobile phones, of which 506 responded.

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