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Opinion poll & results from Nikkei Digital

Questions & answers (%)

 

Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

55(50)

No

37(40)

Not sure + Don’t know

 8(10)

 

Q2: Which political party do you support now? Please name only one.

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

43(40)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

9(10)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

1(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

 2(3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4(4)

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

1(2)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

 0(0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

 0(1)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

 2(1)

Other political party

 0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

32(33)

Not sure + Don’t know

4(4)

 

Q3: The government is considering a system that would offer people the option of postponing the starting age for receiving public pension benefits to over 70. People who take the option would see their monthly benefits increase from the originally entitled amounts. Are you in favor of or opposed to this system?

 

In favor

31

Opposed

53

Can’t say either way

9

Not sure + Don’t know

7

 

Q4: The government plans to submit to the ordinary session of the Diet a bill to introduce the “highly skilled professionals” system, under which wages would be based not on hours worked but on results achieved. Are you in favor of or opposed to this system?

 

In favor

42

Opposed

39

Can’t say either way

9

Not sure + Don’t know

10

 

Q5: The government plans to limit monthly overtime at particularly busy times of year to “less than 100 hours [per month].” What are your views on this policy?

 

The cap should be set lower

39

The cap is set at the appropriate level

41

The cap should be set higher

7

Other

0

Not sure + Don’t know

12

 

Q6: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is now in his second term as Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president, and the term will end in September this year. Are you in favor of or opposed to Prime Minister being elected to a third term as party president and continuing as prime minister?

 

In favor

45

Opposed

45

Can’t say either way

6

Not sure + Don’t know

4

 

Q7: Who do you think it would be appropriate to elect in the LDP presidential election this September? Select only one person from the below list of seven people.

 

Shinzo Abe

35

Shigeru Ishiba

17

Fumio Kishida

5

Seiko Noda

4

Yoshihide Suga

1

Taro Kono

4

Shinjiro Koizumi

18

Other

0

Not sure + Don’t know

16

 

Q8: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will attend the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Olympics in South Korea in February. Do you think Prime Minister Abe should attend the opening ceremony?

 

Yes

55

No

33

Can’t say either way

6

Not sure + Don’t know

5

 

Q9: How do you think the international community should handle North Korea as it persists in conducting missile launches and developing nuclear weapons?

 

The situation should be resolved through talks

29

Economic sanctions should be strengthened

52

Military action should be considered

11

Other

1

Not sure + Don’t know

7

 

Q10: To revise the Constitution to explicitly state the existence of the Self-Defense Forces, the LDP is considering retaining paragraph 2 of Article 9, which states that Japan shall never again maintain war potential, and deleting the paragraph. What are your views on this issue?

 

The existence of the SDF should be explicitly stated and paragraph 2 of Article 9 retained

47

The existence of the SDF should be explicitly stated and paragraph 2 of Article 9 deleted

15

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

24

Other

0

Not sure + Don’t know

13

 

Q11: When do you think it would be best for the Diet to pass constitutional amendments?

 

At the current ordinary session  

20

At the extraordinary session convened this autumn

14

In 2019

14

In or after 2020

13

There is no need to pass amendments in the first place

19

Other

0

Not sure + Don’t know

19

 

Q12: Do you think the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, the Party of Hope, and others who split off from the Democratic Party should form a joint parliamentary group to act in concert in the Diet and counter the ruling parties?

 

Yes  

35

No

53

Can’t say either way

3

Not sure + Don’t know

10

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted on Jan. 26–28 [by Nikkei Research Inc. via random-digit dialing (RDD) to both landlines and mobile phones. It drew 969 responses from men and women aged 18 and older nationwide, for a response rate of 45.5%.] Figures in parentheses denote the results of the previous survey conducted Dec. 15–17. Figures are rounded off. In some cases, the total percentage may not add up to 100%. Regarding the cabinet support rate, a follow-up question was posed to respondents who answered “not sure” or “don’t know”: “Which is closer to your view?” Regarding political party support, a follow-up question was posed to pollees who responded “not sure,” “don’t know,” or “none of the above”: “If you had to say, which political party do you feel positively about?” The responses to the follow-up questions were added to the responses to the initial questions.

 

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