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Opinion poll & results from Mainichi Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(T = total; P = previous; M = male; F = female)

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

45

(44)

49

40

No

32

(38)

32

32

Not interested

20

(16)

18

23

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the above question) Why?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Because the prime minister is from the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan

11

(10)

11

12

Because I think highly of Abe

21

(16)

20

23

Because something can be expected of the prime minister’s policies

22

(23)

26

17

Because there are no other good people or political parties

43

(49)

41

45

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the above question) Why?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Because the prime minister is from the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan

4

(5)

6

2

Because I don’t think highly of Abe

42

(37)

45

39

Because nothing can be expected of the prime minister’s policies

44

(43)

39

50

Because there are other good people and political parties

6

(11)

7

5

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

35

(30)

36

34

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

13

(14)

12

13

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0

(2)

1

0

Komeito (Komeito)

3

(3)

2

4

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

1

(0)

1

1

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3

(4)

3

2

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

3

(2)

4

1

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

1

(1)

1

0

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0

(0)

0

Other political groups

1

(0)

1

0

None of the above (NOTA)

37

(37)

36

37

 

Q: Paragraph 1 of Article 9 of the Constitution stipulates the renunciation of war, and paragraph 2 of the article stipulates that Japan will never again maintain war potential. Which of the following corresponds to your views on amending the Constitution to explicitly state the existence of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF)?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Leave paragraphs 1 and 2 of Article 9 untouched and add a clause on the SDF

37

 

38

36

Delete paragraph 2 of Article 9 and designate the SDF as war potential

14

 

21

6

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

20

 

21

20

Don’t know

20

 

13

28

 

Q: To revise the Constitution requires that the Diet initiate constitutional amendments and a national referendum on the matter be held. Do you think it would be good if the Diet initiated constitutional amendments within the year?

 

 

T

P

M

F

It would be good if the Diet initiated them within the year

34

(36)

39

29

It is not necessary that the Diet initiate them within the year

50

(46)

51

50

 

Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is currently serving his second term as the Liberal Democratic Party president, and the term expires in September this year. Do you think it would be good if he continued to serve a third term as party president?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

41

(37)

44

38

No

44

(47)

44

45

 

Q: Administrative documents related to the sale of state-owned land to school operator Moritomo Gakuen were found, casting doubts on the government’s explanation that all records related to the sale negotiations had been “discarded.” Nobuhisa Sagawa, who was director-general of the Finance Ministry’s Financial Bureau at the time of the land sale, was in charge of the government’s responses to Diet interpellations. He is now commissioner of the National Tax Agency. As a taxpayer, do you find this personnel appointment acceptable?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes  

14

 

18

9

No

68

 

67

68

 

Q: The government aims to expand the types of work subject to the discretionary work system. The discretionary work system allows companies to pay wages according to a predetermined number of hours regardless of the actual number of hours worked. The government says that workers will be able to decide for themselves how they would like to work, but others say that it will aggravate the problem of workers’ long working hours. Are you in favor of or opposed to expanding the types of work subject to the discretionary work system?

 

 

T

P

M

F

In favor  

18

 

22

14

Opposed

57

 

58

55

 

Q: To rectify long work hours, the government is considering capping overtime work at 45 hours a month in principle while allowing up to 100 hours a month as an exception [i.e., during peak periods]. The 100-hour mark is considered the threshold for being at risk of dying from overwork [karoshi]. Which of the following is closest to your thinking on this regulation?

 

 

T

P

M

F

The government should set lower caps

33

 

32

34

The government should set higher caps

13

 

15

11

The government is proposing appropriate caps

33

 

37

28

 

Q: Under Governor Haruhiko Kuroda, the Bank of Japan has been promoting a monetary easing policy of unprecedented dimensions. Kuroda’s term ends this April, and the government plans to reappoint him for another term. Are you in favor of or opposed to this personnel proposal?

 

 

T

P

M

F

In favor  

39

 

47

29

Opposed

35

 

34

37

 

Q: Kansai Electric Power Co. plans to restart reactor 3 at its Oi nuclear power plant in March, and Kyushu Electric Power Co plans to restart reactor 3 at its Genkai plant the same month. These restarts will bring the total number of reactors that have resumed operations to seven. Are you in favor of or opposed to the restart of nuclear power plants?

 

 

T

P

M

F

In favor  

32

 

40

23

Opposed

48

 

45

51

 

Q: In its guidelines for U.S. nuclear strategy going forward, the Trump administration has stated that it will develop “low-yield” nuclear warheads and that it will not rule out the use of nuclear weapons in response to non-nuclear attacks. The Japanese government approves of the guidelines, saying that they will ensure security for U.S. allies, including Japan. Do you think the Japanese government’s view is persuasive?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

22

 

29

15

No

58

 

56

60

 

(Note) Figures rounded off. “0” indicates that the figure was below 0.5%, and “–” denotes that no respondents gave that answer. “No answer” omitted. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted Jan. 20–21, 2018.

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by pollsters over the two-day period of Feb. 24–25, 2018, targeting landline and mobile telephone numbers across the nation on a computer-aided random digit sampling (RDS) basis. The survey excluded landline numbers in municipalities designated as “difficult-to-return” zones due to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. Valid responses were received from 464 persons (out of the 755 households with one or more persons age 18 or over) for landline numbers and 570 persons (out of the 742 persons age 18 or over who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 61% for landline numbers and 77% for mobile numbers.

 

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