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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 Feb 17–18, 2018.)

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

31(44)

No

48(37)

 

  • 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

12[4]

It’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

16[5]

Policies

21[6]

It seems better than the others

47[15]

 

  • 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

23[11]

It’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

24[12]

Policies

37[18]

The others seem better

9[5]

 

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

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

32(35)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

11(10)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

1(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

3(3)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

1(1)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(4)

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

1(1)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0(0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0(1)

Party for Japanese Kokoro (Nihon no Kokoro)

0(0)

Other political party

0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

36(38)

No answer (N/A) + Don’t know (D/K)

12(6)

 

Q: The next questions concern the sale of state-owned land to Moritomo Gakuen, an Osaka-based school operator. It has been revealed that the Ministry of Finance tampered with official documents related to the transaction with Moritomo Gakuen. How problematic do you think this is? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Very problematic

63

Somewhat problematic

23

Not very problematic

9

Not at all problematic

3

 

Q: Regarding the tampering of official documents related to the transaction with Moritomo Gakuen, do you think that Finance Minister Taro Aso should take responsibility for the problem and resign?

 

Yes

50

No

36

 

Q: Finance Minister Aso has said that “[the documents were altered] by some employees of the Finance Ministry’s Financial Bureau. The person with final responsibility is Nobuhisa Sagawa, who was director-general of the bureau.” Are you convinced by Aso’s statement?

 

Yes

13

No

75

 

Q: To elucidate the problem of 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

65(57)

No

27(33)

 

Q: How much responsibility do you think Prime Minister Abe bears in the Finance Ministry’s tampering of official documents related to the transaction with Moritomo Gakuen? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Much responsibility  

42

Some responsibility

40

Not much responsibility

10

No responsibility at all

4

 

Q: In response to Diet interpellations, Prime Minister Abe has said, “Even if you look at the documents before they were altered, it is clear that neither I nor my wife were involved [in the sale of state-owned land to Moritomo Gakuen]. Are you convinced by his statement?

 

Yes

17

No

72

 

Q: The Abe administration is putting forward “work-style reforms” with the aim of preventing overwork. Are you optimistic about the Abe administration’s “work-style reforms”?

 

Yes

28

No

61

 

Q: The government plans to include the “highly skilled professionals system,” which exempts certain high-income, highly specialized professionals from work-hour regulations, in the work-style reform bill. Are you in favor of or opposed to including the system in the bill?

 

In favor

22

Opposed

48

 

Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has proposed revising Article 9 of the Constitution to explicitly state the existence of the Self-Defense Forces. Are you in favor of or opposed to making such a revision to the Constitution under the Abe administration?

 

In favor

33

Opposed

51

 

Q: U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet for talks by this May. Do you think that the meeting will lead to the resolution of North Korea’s nuclear weapon and missile development programs?

 

Yes

23

No

63

 

Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s term as Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president ends this autumn. Would you like to see Abe continue as LDP president from this autumn?

 

In favor

31

Opposed

53

 

Q: Who do you think would be suitable as the next LDP president? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Shinzo Abe

24

Shigeru Ishiba

22

Fumio Kishida

7

Seiko Noda

5

None of the above

35

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted on March 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 905 persons (out of 1,882 households found to have one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and from 1,010 persons (out of the 1,988 persons found to be eligible voters) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 48% for landline numbers and 51% for mobile numbers.

 

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