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Kyodo News spot opinion poll & results from Tokyo Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures in parentheses are the results of the last survey conducted March 17–18.)

 

Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

42.4

(38.7)

No

47.5

(48.2)

Don’t know (D/K) + No answer (N/A)

10.1

(13.1)

 

Q2: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the previous question) What is the primary reason for your approval of the Abe cabinet?

 

The prime minister is trustworthy

7.7

(10.9)

Because it’s a coalition cabinet of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and Komeito

7.0

(8.2)

The prime minister has leadership ability

9.2

(6.8)

Something can be expected of its economic policies

18.6

(13.5)

Something can be expected of its foreign policy

16.2

(15.1)

There’s no other appropriate person [for prime minister]

38.8

(43.3)

Other answers (O/A)

2.4

(1.2)

D/K+N/A

0.1

(1.0)

 

Q3: (Only for those who answered “no” to the first question) What is the primary reason for your disapproval of the Abe cabinet? S

 

The prime minister is untrustworthy

50.3

(49.5)

Because it’s a coalition cabinet of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and Komeito

4.6

(5.2)

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

5.2

(4.1)

Nothing can be expected of its economic policies

14.5

(16.3)

Nothing can be expected of its foreign policy

5.6

(2.9)

Don’t think the prime minister is appropriate for the position

16.1

(18.5)

O/A

3.0

(2.0)

D/K+N/A

0.7

(1.5)

 

Q4: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

39.1

(36.2)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

14.2

(11.5)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

1.3

(1.0)

Komeito (Komeito)

3.9

(3.2)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

0.9

(2.8)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3.9

 (2.9)

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

2.2

(3.1)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0.7

(0.4)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.6

(1.1)

Other political parties, groups

0.0

(–)

None of the above (NOTA)

32.0

(36.5)

D/K+N/A

1.2

(1.3)

 

Q5: The Finance Ministry altered official documents related to the sale of state-owned land to school operator Moritomo Gakuen. During his testimony as a sworn witness at the Diet, former National Tax Agency Commissioner Nobuhisa Sagawa denied that instructions were given by the Prime Minister’s Office [Kantei] to tamper with the documents, but he refused to testify concerning the motives and background to the document falsification. Do you find Sagawa’s testimony convincing?

 

Yes

19.5

 

No

72.6

 

D/K+N/A

7.9

 

 

Q6: The names of several politicians as well as the name of Prime Minister Abe’s wife, Akie, were deleted in the Finance Ministry’s alteration of official documents related to the sale of state-owned land to Moritomo Gakuen. Do you think that Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso should resign to take responsibility for this scandal?

 

Aso should resign

47.3

(52.0)

It is not necessary for Aso to resign

43.2

(40.4)

D/K+N/A

9.5

(7.6)

 

Q7: Do you think that Prime Minister Abe bears responsibility for the Finance Ministry’s altering of the documents or do you think he does not bear responsibility?

 

I think Abe bears responsibility

65.0

(66.1)

I do not think he bears responsibility

27.5

(25.8)

D/K+N/A

7.5

(8.1)

 

Q8: Regarding the sale of state-owned land to Moritomo Gakuen, the opposition parties are pursuing the question of whether Prime Minister Abe’s wife Akie was involved in the sale negotiations. They are calling for her to give an explanation at the Diet. Do you think it is necessary to summon Akie to the Diet to testify or do you think that is not necessary?

 

It is necessary that Akie be summoned to the Diet

60.7

(65.3)

It is not necessary that Akie be summoned to the Diet

34.8

(29.0)

D/K+N/A

4.5

(5.7)

 

Q9: Regarding the amendment of Article 9 of the Constitution, the LDP is considering retaining Paragraph 2, which states that Japan will never again maintain war potential, and add provisions that clearly state the existence of the Self-Defense Forces as “an organization with force to defend Japan.” Are you in favor of or opposed to revising Article 9 in this way?

 

In favor

42.5

 

Opposed

45.0

 

D/K+N/A

12.5

 

 

Q10: The government aims to have the “work-style reform” bill passed during the current Diet session. In the bill, the government intends to introduce the “highly skilled professionals system,” which exempts certain highly specialized professionals that earn a high salary from work-hour regulations, including the payment of overtime pay. The opposition parties, however, have criticized the bill, calling it the “no overtime pay” bill. Do you think this bill should be enacted during the current Diet session? Or do you think that is not necessary?

 

The bill should be enacted in the current Diet session

18.5

 

There is no need to enact it during the current Diet session

69.9

 

D/K+N/A

11.6

 

 

Q11: The government is considering eliminating regulations in the Broadcast Act that govern political fairness in television and radio programs. The aim is to encourage new entities to enter the field of broadcasting, but some are saying that the move runs the risk of increasing biased programs. Are you in favor of or opposed to this government policy?

 

In favor

23.0

 

Opposed

61.3

 

D/K+N/A

15.7

 

 

Q12: The LDP president’s term ends this September, and the LDP is scheduled to hold a presidential election at that time. Who do you think would be suitable to serve as the next party president? (Listed in Japanese alphabetical order)

 

Shinzo Abe

23.1

(21.7)

Shigeru Ishiba

24.1

(25.4)

Fumio Kishida

6.9

(6.4)

Shinjiro Koizumi

23.5

(23.7)

Taro Kono

2.3

(2.9)

Seiko Noda

3.9

(2.2)

O/A

0.3

(0.3)

D/K+N/A

15.9

(17.4)

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis on March 31–April 1 targeting voters across the nation. However, the survey excluded landline numbers in some areas in Fukushima Prefecture. The survey covered 732 randomly selected households with eligible voters nationwide [by landline numbers], with responses collected from 509 people. A total of 1,131 people were accessed through their mobile phones, of which 511 responded.

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