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Opinion poll & results from Mainichi Shimbun

  • January 22, 2018
  • , Mainichi , p. 3
  • JMH Translation

Questions & answers (%)

(T = total; P = previous; M = male; F = female)

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

44

(46)

51

36

No

38

(36)

34

43

Not interested

16

(15)

15

18

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the above question) Why?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Because the prime minister is from the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan

10

(11)

11

9

Because I think highly of Abe

16

(19)

13

19

Because something can be expected of the prime minister’s policies

23

(23)

26

18

Because there are no other good people or political parties

49

(46)

48

50

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the above question) Why?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Because the prime minister is from the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan

5

(2)

5

6

Because I don’t think highly of Abe

37

(49)

42

32

Because nothing can be expected of the prime minister’s policies

43

(37)

37

48

Because there are other good people and political parties

11

(9)

12

11

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

30

(34)

35

26

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

14

(14)

14

14

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

2

(4)

2

2

Komeito (Komeito)

3

(4)

3

4

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4

(3)

6

2

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

2

(2)

3

1

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

1

(0)

1

1

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0

(0)

0

0

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

0

(0)

0

1

Other political groups

0

(1)

0

1

None of the above (NOTA)

37

(34)

32

43

 

Q: Which of the following corresponds to your views on amending the Constitution to explicitly state the existence of the Self-Defense Forces?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Explicitly state the existence of the SDF while leaving paragraphs 1 and 2 of Article 9 untouched

31

 

35

26

Delete paragraph 2 of Article 9 and designate the SDF as war potential

12

 

18

7

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

21

 

22

20

Don’t know

27

 

20

35

 

Q: Some say that provisions should be added to the Constitution to make it possible to lengthen the terms of Diet members as a special measure in the event that a national election cannot be held due to large-scale natural disaster or an attack from overseas. Others say that such a circumstance can be handled without amending the Constitution by holding an emergency session of the Upper House. Are you in favor of or opposed to revising the Constitution to extend the terms of Diet members?

 

 

T

P

M

F

In favor  

33

 

41

25

Opposed

46

 

46

47

 

Q: To revise the constitution requires that the Diet initiate constitutional amendments and a national referendum on the matter be held. Do you think it would be good if the Diet initiated constitutional amendments within the year?

 

 

T

P

M

F

It would be good if the Diet initiated them within the year

36

 

41

20

It is not necessary that the Diet initiate them within the year

46

 

48

44

 

Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is currently serving his second term as the Liberal Democratic Party president and the term expires in September this year. Do you think it would be good if he continued to serve a third term as party president?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

37

(35)

43

30

No

47

(53)

46

48

 

Q: Do you approve of the Abe administration’s economic policy known as “Abenomics”?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

36

 

42

29

No

47

 

45

48

 

Q: The ordinary Diet session will be convened on Jan. 22. Which of the following is closest to your views on the allocation of interpellation time at the Diet?

 

 

T

P

M

F

The amount of time allotted to opposition parties should be increased

40

 

47

33

Time should be allotted based on the number of Diet seats held

42

 

42

42

 

Q: South Korean President Moon Jae-in has announced that the 2015 Japan-South Korea agreement on the comfort women issue “cannot be a true solution” the dispute and has asked for a heartfelt apology from Japan. Are you persuaded by this handling of the matter by South Korea?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes  

6

 

6

5

No

78

 

83

71

 

Q: Amid Pyongyang’s continued advancement of its nuclear weapon and missile development programs, the Japanese government has adopted the policy of enhancing pressure on North Korea to the maximum level in coordination with the United States and South Korea. Do you approve of this policy?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes  

58

 

66

49

No

24

 

23

24

 

Q: The Japan Sumo Association has dismissed Stablemaster Takanohana as director for failing to promptly report former Grand Champion Harumafuji’s assault [on a lower-ranking sumo wrestler]. What is your view on this punishment?

 

 

T

P

M

F

It is appropriate

30

 

33

28

It should have been stricter

9

 

11

7

It should have been lighter

14

 

15

12

There was no need for a punishment

29

 

28

30

 

(Note) Figures rounded off. “0” indicates that the figure was below 0.5. “No answer” omitted. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted Nov. 11–12, 2017.

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by pollsters over the two-day period of Jan. 20–21, 2018, targeting landline and mobile telephone numbers across the nation on a computer-aided random digit sampling (RDS) basis. The survey excluded landline numbers in municipalities designated as “difficult-to-return” zones due to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. Valid responses were received from 479 persons (out of the 800 households with one or more persons age 18 or over) for landline numbers and 524 persons (out of the 888 persons age 18 or over who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 60% for landline numbers and 59% for mobile numbers.

 

 

 

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