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Opinion poll & results from Asahi Shimbun

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 Dec. 16–17, 2017.)

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

45(41)

No

33(38)

 

  • 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

11[5]

It’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

16[7]

Policies

22[10]

It seems better than the others

49[22]

 

  • 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

20[6]

It’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

26[9]

Policies

43[14]

The others seem better

6[2]

 

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

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

39(36)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

9(9)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

1(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

4(3)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

1(1)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(3)

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

1(1)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0(0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0(0)

Party for Japanese Kokoro (Nihon no Kokoro)

0(0)

Other political party

1(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

34(36)

No answer (N/A) + Don’t know (D/K)

7(10)

 

Q: Do you support the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, the Party of Hope, and the Democratic Party forming a joint parliamentary group which would act together in the Diet?

 

Yes

25

No

40

 

Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s term as Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president ends this autumn. Would you like to see Abe continue as LDP president from this autumn?           

 

Yes

40

No

43

 

Q: Who do you think would be suitable as the next LDP president? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Shinzo Abe

31

Shigeru Ishiba

20

Fumio Kishida

6

Seiko Noda

8

None of the above

29

 

Q: In his New Year’s Press Conference, Prime Minister Abe expressed a strong desire to compile concrete constitutional amendments within the year, saying, “I want to make this a year in which we present to the public the shape the Constitution should take.” Do you approve of the Prime Minister’s stance?

 

Yes

41

No

42

 

Q: Do you think that constitutional amendment should be a priority issue?

 

Yes

32

No

54

 

Q: Prime Minister Abe has proposed that the existence of the Self-Defense Forces be explicitly stated in the Constitution by amending Article 9. Are you in favor of or opposed to making this constitutional amendment under the Abe administration?

 

In favor

34

Opposed

46

 

Q: The Abe administration is putting forward “work-style reforms” with the aim of preventing overwork. Are you optimistic about the Abe administration’s “work-style reforms”?

 

Yes

46

No

44

 

Q: Japan’s draft defense budget for fiscal 2018 totaled about 5.19 trillion yen, a record-high for the fourth consecutive year. Are you in favor of or opposed to increasing the defense budget like this?

 

In favor

39

Opposed

45

 

Q: Slightly over two years ago, Japan and South Korea agreed on a final resolution to the comfort women issue. Moon Jae-in, who was elected president of South Korea after that, said this month that Seoul will not ask Tokyo to renegotiate the agreement but that Japan needs to offer a “heartfelt apology” to the victims. Do you approve of the South Korean government’s handling of the matter?

 

Yes

8

No

79

 

Q: Do you think Abe should attend the opening ceremony for the Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, next month?

 

Yes

53

No

30

 

Q: North Korea has announced that it will participate in the PyeongChang Olympics. Do you think it is good that it will participate?

 

Yes

48

No

37

 

Q: Do you think that North Korea’s participation in the PyeongChang Olympics will lead to a relaxation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula?

 

Yes

26

No

59

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted on Jan. 20–21 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 994 persons (out of 2,002 households found to have one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and from 1,024 persons (out of the 2,036 persons found to be eligible voters) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 50% for landline numbers and 50% for mobile numbers.

 

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