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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 March 17–18, 2018.)

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

31(31)

No

52(48)

 

  • 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

10[3]

It’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

19[6]

Policies

18[6]

It seems better than the others

50[16]

 

  • 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

29[15]

It’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

21[11]

Policies

33[17]

The others seem better

11[6]

 

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

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

33(32)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

10(11)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

4(3)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

2(1)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(3)

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

1(1)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0(0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0(0)

Party for Japanese Kokoro (Nihon no Kokoro)

0(0)

Other political party

0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

40(36)

No answer (N/A) + Don’t know (D/K)

7(12)

 

Q: This autumn, the Liberal Democratic Party will elect its next president. Who do you think would be suitable to serve as the next LDP president? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Shinzo Abe

22

Shigeru Ishiba

27

Fumio Kishida

6

Seiko Noda

6

None of the above

34

 

Q: The second Abe cabinet has been in office for more than five years. To what extent do you feel that problems have emerged because of the long period in which the same person has been in charge of the government? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Greatly

23

Somewhat

36

Not very much

26

Not at all

11

 

Q: How much do you trust Prime Minister Abe given his recent statements and actions? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Very much

4

Somewhat 

27

Not much

37

Not at all

29

 

Q: Regarding the discounted sale of state-owned land to school operator Moritomo Gakuen, it has been revealed that Finance Ministry officials asked Moritomo Gakuen to lie about the removal of waste buried under the land. Do you think the Finance Ministry’s handling of the matter is a major problem?

 

Yes

83

No

12

 

Q: Nobuhisa Sagawa, who was director-general of the Finance Ministry’s Financial Bureau at the time of the falsification of official documents related to the Moritomo Gakuen transaction, gave a sworn testimony in the Diet last month. He said that neither Prime Minister Shinzo Abe nor those around him gave instructions to tamper with the documents, but Sagawa did not clarify the background to the document falsification. Are you convinced by Sagawa’s explanation?

 

Yes

15

No

77

 

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

61(65)

No

33(27)

 

Q: This question concerns the Kake Educational Institution’s proposal to establish a new veterinary school. An Ehime Prefectural Government document has been found that states Tadao Yanase, then executive secretary to Abe, met with Ehime Prefectural officials and others and said the Kake Educational Institution veterinary school proposal was “a matter related to the prime minister.” Yanase has said that he has “no recollection” of meeting with the officials, and Prime Minister Abe denies giving any instructions or being otherwise involved in Kake’s project. Are you convinced by the Abe administration’s explanation?

 

Yes

14

No

76

 

Q: To elucidate the scandal surrounding Kake’s new veterinary school, do you think it is necessary for Tadao Yanase to be summoned to the Diet as a sworn witness?

 

Yes

72

No

19

 

Q: Daily logs from the dispatch to Iraq of Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) members were found at the GSDF although Defense Ministry officials had [earlier] made statements in the Diet that such documents did not exist. The logs were discovered one year ago, but this was not reported to the Minister of Defense until March this year. Do you feel that civilian control, where politicians control the SDF, is functioning properly?

 

Yes

13

No

75

 

Q: The government plans to have the work-style reform bill enacted at the current Diet session. The bill includes the “highly skilled professionals system,” which exempts certain high-income, highly specialized professionals from work-hour regulations, and the bill also sets ceilings on overtime work hours with penalties for noncompliance. Do you think the bill should be enacted during the current Diet session?

 

Yes

20

No

61

 

Q: The government plans to have a bill that stipulates the entrance fee for casinos and other matters related to casino gambling enacted at the current Diet session. The passage of the bill would allow casinos to actually be built in Japan. Do you think the bill should be enacted during the current Diet session?

 

Yes

22

No

71

 

Q: Prime Minister Abe will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump this month, and they will discuss Japan-U.S. trade issues and the abductee issue. Are you optimistic about the summit?

 

Yes

50

No

44

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted on April 14–15 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 945 persons (out of 1,973 households found to have one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and from 966 persons (out of the 1,923 persons found to be eligible voters) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 48% for landline numbers and 50% for mobile numbers.

 

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