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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 Feb. 10–11.

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

48(54)

No

42(36)

Other answers (O/A)

1(2)

No answer (N/A)

8(7)

 

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

10

The prime minister has leadership ability

10

The prime minister is trustworthy

9

The cabinet’s lineup is good

2

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

17

Because it’s better than its predecessors

48

O/A

2

N/A

3

 

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

17

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

5

The prime minister is untrustworthy

51

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

5

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

17

Because its predecessors were better

2

O/A

3

N/A

1

 

Q: Which political party do you support now?

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

38(42)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

9(9)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

 1(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

 4(3)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

1(2)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(2)

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

1(1)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

 0(0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

 0(0)

O/A

 0(–)

None of the above (NOTA)

38(36)

N/A

3(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

86

Tax system reform, including the consumption tax

54

Social security for older persons, including pensions

76

Child-rearing support and free education

68

Diplomacy and security, including the North Korea issue

77

Energy policy, including nuclear power

63

Work-style reform

45

Constitutional amendment

28

Issues related to Moritomo Gakuen and Kake Educational Institution

47

O/A

0

None in particular

0

N/A

 

Q: Regarding explicitly stating the existence of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) in the Constitution, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is considering a proposal to retain Paragraph 2 of Article 9, which states that Japan will never again maintain war potential, and add provisions that give grounds for the existence of the SDF. Are you in favor of or opposed to this proposal?

 

In favor

44

Opposed

41

N/A

15

 

Q: The LDP is considering a proposal to add provisions to the Constitution to increase the roles and authority of the government in the case of a state of emergency, such as a major earthquake. Are you in favor of or opposed to this proposal?

 

In favor

70

Opposed

18

N/A

12

 

Q: To reduce the disparity in the value of a single vote in Upper House elections, “combined constituencies” have been created where two prefectures are made into a single constituency.  The LDP is considering a proposal to add provisions to the Constitution stating that one or more representatives shall be elected from each prefecture in each election thereby eliminating combined constituencies. Are you in favor of or opposed to this proposal?

 

In favor

42

Opposed

38

N/A

20

 

Q: In the work-style reform bill, the government plans to create a system that will exempt certain high-income, highly specialized professionals from restrictions on working hours. Are you in favor of or opposed to introducing this system?

 

In favor

29

Opposed

51

N/A

20

 

Q: Do you think the government is properly handling allegations that the Finance Ministry altered the documents related to the sale of state-owned land to Moritomo Gakuen?

 

Yes

11

No

80

N/A

10

 

Q: Do you think the Diet should summon former National Tax Agency Commissioner Nobuhisa Sagawa to give an explanation regarding the Moritomo Gakuen scandal? In response to Diet interpellations, Sagawa has said that the documents related to the sale were “discarded.”

 

Yes

71

No

20

N/A

9

 

Q: North Korea has repeatedly conducted nuclear weapons tests and missile launches. Do you think the international community should place importance on dialogue with North Korea or that it should place importance on pressure?

 

Dialogue

42

Pressure

43

N/A

15

 

Q: Workers’ Party of Korea Chairman Kim Jong Un has proposed to U.S. President Donald Trump that a summit meeting be held, and the American President has indicated the intention to accept the proposal. Are you hopeful that this move will lead to the resolution of the North Korean nuclear weapons and missile issues?

 

Yes

56

No

41

N/A

4

 

Q: Do you think holding a U.S.-North Korea summit will have more of a positive or more of a negative impact on Japan?

 

More of a positive impact

29

More of a negative impact

18

No particular impact

37

N/A

16

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on March 9–11 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 1,036 persons, including 505 persons (out of the 856 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 531 persons (out of the 1,141 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 59% 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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