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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 Jan. 20–21, 2018.)

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

44(45)

No

37(33)

 

  • 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

9[4]

It’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

17[7]

Policies

24[11]

It seems better than the others

49[21]

 

  • 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

16[6]

It’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

25[9]

Policies

44[16]

The others seem better

10[4]

 

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

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

35(39)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

10(9)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

1(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

3(4)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

1(1)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4(3)

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

1(1)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0(0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1(0)

Party for Japanese Kokoro (Nihon no Kokoro)

0(0)

Other political party

0(1)

None of the above (NOTA)

38(34)

No answer (N/A) + Don’t know (D/K)

6(7)

 

Q: The next three questions concern the sale of state-owned land to Moritomo Gakuen, an Osaka-based school operator. The Ministry of Finance explained at the Diet last year that the records of the sale negotiations had been “discarded.” Documents related to the sale were found and released this month. Do you think the government’s handling of the matter is acceptable?

 

Yes

10

No

75

 

Q: Nobuhisa Sagawa, who was director-general of the Finance Ministry’s Financial Bureau at the time of the land sale and is currently National Tax Agency Commissioner, said at the Diet last year that all the documents related to the sale negotiations had been discarded. Do you think it is necessary to summon Sagawa to testify at the Diet?

 

Yes

67

No

19

 

Q: To elucidate the issues surrounding the sale of state-owned land to Moritomo Gakuen, do you think it is necessary for Prime Minister Abe’s wife, Akie, to give an explanation at the Diet?

 

Yes

57

No

33

 

Q: Amendments to the Constitution are decided by national referendum after the Diet passes the amendment proposal by a concurring vote of two-thirds or more of all the members of each house. There is a move for the proposal to be passed by the Diet within the year. Are you in favor of or opposed to this?

 

In favor

34

Opposed

43

 

Q: Regarding Article 9 of the Constitution, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has proposed the addition of a clause that makes explicit the existence of the Self-Defense Forces while leaving untouched the paragraphs which renounce war and prohibit Japan from maintaining war potential. Do you think such amendment of Article 9 is necessary?

 

Yes

40

No

44

 

Q: Prime Minister Abe has asked business leaders’ groups to raise wages by at least 3%. Do you support this?

 

In favor

54

Opposed

32

 

Q: Do you think that your standard of living will improve, worsen, or stay the same under the Abe administration’s economic policies?

 

Improve

9

Worsen

14

Remain unchanged

72

 

Q: As part of the “work-style reforms,” the Abe administration aims to expand the discretionary work system to cover certain types of work related to corporate sales. The discretionary work system allows companies to pay wages according to a predetermined number of hours instead of the actual number of hours worked.  The Abe administration has explained that expanding application of the system “will lead to a more flexible ways of working,” but opposition parties are saying that it “will worsen the problem of overwork.” Are you in favor of or opposed to expanding the types of work covered by the discretionary work system?

 

In favor

17

Opposed

58

 

Q: Are you in favor of or opposed to restarting the nuclear power plants whose operations are currently suspended?

 

In favor

27

Opposed

61

 

Q: Fukushima Prefecture is testing all rice harvested in the prefecture for radioactive substances. Because radioactive substances in excess of national standards have not been detected in the tests for the past three years, the prefecture plans to change to sample testing, where not all but only some of the rice would be tested. Are you in favor of or opposed to changing from testing all the rice to sample testing?

 

In favor

54

Opposed

35

 

Q: Pyongyang has invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit North Korea “at an early date” and have a summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Do you think it would be good to hold an inter-Korea summit meeting at an early date?

 

Yes

45

No

34

 

Q: Do you think a meeting between the leaders of South and North Korea will lead to the resolution of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile development issue?

 

Yes

20

No

66

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted on Feb. 17–18 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 795 persons (out of 1,703 households found to have one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and from 1,002 persons (out of the 1,951 persons found to be eligible voters) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 47% for landline numbers and 51% for mobile numbers.

 

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