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Opinion poll & results from Sankei Shimbun

Main Questions & Answers of the Sankei-FNN Joint Opinion Poll (%)

 

Q: Do you support Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet?

 

Yes

52.6

(47.5)

No

39.2

(44.6)

Other answers (O/A)

8.2

(7.9)

 

Q: Do you think highly of the Abe administration’s performance over the past five years?

 

Yes

53.3

 

No

39.6

 

O/A

7.1

 

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

40.8

(37.7)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

14.8

(13.9)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

1.3

(2.3)

Komeito (Komeito)

4.1

(4.1)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

0.7

(1.8)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3.4

(4.3)

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

3.0

(2.4)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0.6

(0.4)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.5

 (0.6)

Other political parties

1.4

(0.9)

None of the above (NOTA)

29.0

(31.1)

O/A

0.4

(0.5)

 

Q: Do you approve of the Abe administration on the following points?

 

Prime Minister Abe’s personal character

Yes

54.1

(49.0)

No

38.6

(44.9)

O/A

7.3

(6.1)

 

Prime Minister Abe’s leadership

Yes

56.7

(54.0)

No

37.2

(39.8)

O/A

6.1

(6.2)

 

Economic policy measures

Yes

47.1

(40.5)

No

45.5

(50.7)

O/A

7.4

(8.8)

 

Social security policy

Yes

31.3

(31.8)

No

58.8

(59.0)

O/A

9.9

(9.2)

 

Foreign and security policies

Yes

51.3

(47.4)

No

42.2

(44.7)

O/A

6.5

(7.9)

 

Q: Of the Liberal Democratic Party Diet members listed below, who do you think would be suitable as the next prime minister?

 

 

Shinzo Abe

31.7

 

Shigeru Ishiba

20.6

 

Fumio Kishida

6.0

 

Shinjiro Koizumi

18.1

 

Taro Kono

5.0

 

Seiko Noda

4.1

 

Another LDP Diet member

2.4

 

There is no appropriate person in the LDP

9.6

 

O/A

2.5

 

  

Q: Do you think it is a matter of course that the Party of Hope and the Democratic Party put off forming a joint parliamentary group?

 

They should have formed a joint parliamentary group

15.7

 

It is a matter of course that they put off forming a joint parliamentary group

73.6

 

O/A

10.7

 

 

Q: The following questions concern constitutional amendment.

 

Do you think the Diet should engage more intensively in discussions on constitutional amendment?

Yes

67.2

 

No

29.6

 

O/A

3.2

 

 

When do you think it would be desirable for the Diet to initiate constitutional amendments?

Within the year

22.5

 

There is no need for constitutional amendments to be initiated within the year

48.9

 

There is no need to amend the Constitution

26.9

 

O/A

1.7

 

 

Are you in favor of or opposed to explicitly stating the existence of the Self-Defense Forces in the Constitution?

In favor

58.0

 

Opposed

33.0

 

O/A

9.0

 

 

Q: Is South Korea trustworthy as a partner in foreign affairs and economic activities?

 

Yes

14.8

 

No

80.5

 

O/A

4.7

 

 

Q: The following questions concern the Japan-South Korea agreement that was described as the final and irreversible solution to the comfort women issue.

 

Do you think the policy of South Korean President Moon Jae-in to seek additional measures from Japan is acceptable?

Yes

5.4

 

No

90.8

 

O/A

3.8

 

 

Do you support the Japanese government’s policy of “not accepting” the further measures requested by South Korea?

Yes

88.6

 

No

8.0

 

O/A

3.4

 

 

Q: Should “dialogue” or “pressure” be prioritized in relation to North Korea, which persists in developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles?

 

Dialogue

36.8

 

Pressure

58.3

 

O/A

4.9

 

 

Q: The following questions concern the Seoul-Pyongyang agreement to field a joint [women’s ice hockey] team and to march their athletes together under a unified flag at the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Olympics.

 

Do you think the Seoul-Pyongyang agreement will lead to North Korea’s halting its development of nuclear weapons and missiles?

Yes

22.3

 

No

72.9

 

O/A

4.8

 

 

Do you think Prime Minister Abe should attend the opening ceremony?

Yes

49.5

 

No

43.1

 

O/A

7.4

 

 

(Note) Parenthesized figures denote the results of the last survey conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network on Dec. 16–17, 2017. “O/A” for “other answers” denotes “don’t know,” “can’t say,” etc.

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted until the calculated number of responses was obtained by placing telephone calls on a random digit dialing (RDD) basis adjusted to the gender and age composition of each survey area. A total of 1,000 men and women, aged 18 and over, across the nation were surveyed. [The survey was conducted on Jan. 20–21, 2018.]

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