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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 March 9–11.

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

42(48)

No

50(42)

Other answers (O/A)

2(1)

No answer (N/A)

6(8)

 

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

11

The prime minister is trustworthy

7

The cabinet’s lineup is good

2

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

16

Because it’s better than its predecessors

44

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

15

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

4

The prime minister is untrustworthy

54

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

7

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

13

Because its predecessors were better

2

O/A

2

N/A

3

 

Q: Which political party do you support now?

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

36(38)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

9(9)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

 0(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

 3(4)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

1(1)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2(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)

O/A

 0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

41(38)

N/A

4(3)

 

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

 

Shinzo Abe

26

Shigeru Ishiba

22

Fumio Kishida

5

Seiko Noda

3

Taro Kono

3

Shinjiro Koizumi

30

O/A

NOTA

6

N/A

4

 

Q: Regarding explicitly stating the existence of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) in the Constitution, the 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

16

 

Q: The Finance Ministry altered official documents related to the sale of state-owned land to Moritomo Gakuen. During his testimony as a sworn witness at the Diet, Nobuhisa Sagawa, who was director-general of the Finance Ministry’s Financial Bureau at the time, said that no instructions were given by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe et al. to tamper with the documents, but Sagawa did not clarify the background to the document falsification. Do you find this explanation convincing?

 

Yes

17

No

75

N/A

8

 

Q: Do you think that Finance Minister Taro Aso should resign over the falsification of documents? Or do you think this is not necessary?

 

Aso should resign

51

There is no need for Aso to resign

40

N/A

9

 

Q: Do you think Prime Minister Abe bears major responsibility in the Moritomo Gakuen scandal?

 

Yes

64

No

31

N/A

6

 

Q: Do you think the Diet should summon First Lady Akie Abe to testify in relation to the Moritomo Gakuen scandal? Or do you think this is not necessary?

 

The Diet should request a testimony from First Lady Akie Abe

60

There is no need to ask First Lady Akie for an explanation

36

N/A

4

 

Q: Do you think that the Diet should place priority on the Moritomo Gakuen scandal in its deliberations?

 

Yes

34

No

60

N/A

6

 

Q: North Korea has repeatedly conducted nuclear weapons tests and missile launches. Do you think the international community should place more importance on dialogue with North Korea or that it should place more importance on pressure, including economic sanctions, to persuade the DPRK to cease these actions?

 

Dialogue

46

Pressure

43

N/A

11

 

Q: Workers’ Party of Korea Chairman Kim Jong Un held a summit meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping. Are you hopeful that this will lead to the resolution of the North Korean nuclear weapons and missile issues?

 

Yes

46

No

48

N/A

6

 

Q: Do you think Japan should hold a summit with North Korea as soon as possible or do you think Japan should give the matter careful consideration?

 

Hold the meeting as soon as possible

33

Give the matter careful consideration

62

N/A

5

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on March 31–April 1 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 1,111 persons, including 540 persons (out of the 921 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 571 persons (out of the 1,160 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 59% for landline numbers and 49% 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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