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OPINION POLLS

Opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

Questionnaire is slightly abridged.

Asterisks indicate that the choices were read aloud to the respondent.

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the previous survey conducted Jan. 12–14.

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

54(54)

No

36(35)

Other answers (O/A)

2(6)

No answer (N/A)

7(5)

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the foregoing question) Select only one from among the following six reasons for your approval of the Abe cabinet.*

 

Something can be expected of its policy measures

15

The prime minister has leadership ability

18

The prime minister is trustworthy

8

The cabinet’s lineup is good

2

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

13

Because it’s better than its predecessors

42

O/A

1

N/A

2

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the foregoing question) Select only one from among the following six reasons for your disapproval of the Abe cabinet.*

 

Nothing can be expected of its policy measures

22

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

4

The prime minister is untrustworthy

42

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

5

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

20

Because its predecessors were better

4

O/A

1

N/A

3

 

Q: Which political party do you support now?

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

42(39)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

9(8)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

 1(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

 3(4)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

2(1)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2(2)

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

1(1)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

 0(–)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

 0(1)

O/A

 –(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

36(40)

N/A

2(2)

 

Q: Which issues would you like to see the Abe cabinet place priority on going forward? Select as many as you would like from the following list.*

 

Economy and employment

85

Tax system reform, including the consumption tax

56

Social security for older persons, including pensions

74

Child-rearing support and free education

67

Diplomacy and security, including the North Korea issue

75

Energy policy, including nuclear power

57

Work-style reform

49

Constitutional amendment

32

Issues related to Moritomo Gakuen and Kake Educational Institution

40

O/A

0

None in particular

1

N/A

0

 

Q: The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) presidential election will take place this September. Who do you think would be appropriate to serve as the next LDP president?  Select only one from the following.*

 

Shinzo Abe

32

Shigeru Ishiba

21

Fumio Kishida

3

Seiko Noda

3

Taro Kono

3

Shinjiro Koizumi

25

O/A

None of the above

8

N/A

4

 

Q: The LDP is considering two options for explicitly stating the existence of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) in the Constitution: either retaining Paragraph 2 of Article 9, which states that Japan will never again maintain war potential, or deleting this paragraph. Which of the following is closest to your thinking? Select only one from the following.*

 

Paragraph 2 of Article 9 should be retained and provisions giving the grounds for the SDF added

36

Paragraph 2 of Article 9 should be deleted and the aims and character of the SDF should be stated clearly

35

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

20

N/A

9

 

Q: What are your views on the timing for the LDP to submit its constitutional amendment proposal to the Diet?*

 

The LDP should submit it during the current ordinary Diet session

19

During the extraordinary Diet session in the latter half of the year

14

Next year

14

2020 or later

10

There is no need for the LDP to submit a constitutional amendment proposal

27

N/A

14

 

Q: The Abe cabinet plans to relocate the U.S. military’s Futenma Air Station [in Ginowan City, Okinawa] to the Henoko district of Nago City, which is also in Okinawa. Do you approve of this policy?

 

Yes

44

No

43

N/A

12

 

Q: The internal documents concerning the sale of state-owned land to Moritomo Gakuen said to have been discarded were found at the Finance Ministry. Do you think the Diet should summon National Tax Agency Commissioner Nobuhisa Sagawa, who said the documents had been “discarded,” to testify at the Diet about Moritomo Gakuen?

 

Yes

69

No

25

N/A

6

 

Q: Prime Minister Abe met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and asked him to properly fulfill the 2015 agreement reached between the Japanese and South Korean governments as the final resolution of the former comfort women issue. Do you approve of Prime Minister Abe’s demand?

 

Yes

84

No

9

N/A

7

 

Q: Pyongyang has dispatched a delegation composed of government officials and Korean Workers’ Party representatives to the PyeongChang Olympics and has formed a united Korean women’s ice hockey team with South Korea. Do you think this will lead to the resolution of North Korea’s nuclear and missile issues?

 

Yes

12

No

83

N/A

6

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on Feb. 10–11 on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis and targeted voters aged 18 or over with calls placed to landline and mobile phone numbers. Valid responses were received from a total of 1,085 persons, including 527 persons (out of the 927 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 558 persons (out of the 1,188 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 57% for landline numbers and 47% for mobile numbers.

 

Figures are rounded off. In some graphs and charts, the total percentage may not add up to 100%.

 

“0” indicates that the figure was below 0.5%, and “–” denotes that no respondents gave that answer.

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