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OPINION POLLS

Kyodo News opinion poll & results from Tokyo Shimbun

  • April 16, 2018
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 6
  • JMH Translation
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Questions & answers (%)

(Figures in parentheses are the results of the last survey conducted March 31–April 1.)

 

Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

37.0

(42.4)

No

52.6

(47.5)

Don’t know (D/K) + No answer (N/A)

10.4

(10.1)

 

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

8.9

(7.7)

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

12.0

(7.0)

The prime minister has leadership ability

8.2

(9.2)

Something can be expected of its economic policies

8.3

(18.6)

Something can be expected of its foreign policy

15.2

(16.2)

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

45.0

(38.8)

Other answers (O/A)

1.7

(2.4)

D/K+N/A

0.7

(0.1)

 

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

 

The prime minister is untrustworthy

58.4

(50.3)

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

4.4

(4.6)

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

3.3

(5.2)

Nothing can be expected of its economic policies

11.0

(14.5)

Nothing can be expected of its foreign policy

2.8

(5.6)

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

17.5

(16.1)

O/A

2.0

(3.0)

D/K+N/A

0.6

(0.7)

 

Q4: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

36.8

(39.1)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

11.9

(14.2)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

1.7

(1.3)

Komeito (Komeito)

3.2

(3.9)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

1.1

(0.9)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

5.1

 (3.9)

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

3.0

(2.2)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0.2

(0.7)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1.2

(0.6)

Other political parties, groups

0.3

(0.0)

None of the above (NOTA)

34.6

(32.0)

D/K+N/A

0.9

(1.2)

 

Q5: There is a document that quotes Tadao Yanase, then executive secretary to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as telling Ehime Prefectural officials and others that the Kake Educational Institution veterinary school proposal was “a matter related to the prime minister.” Yanase, however, has denied he made the statement and does not admit to meeting with the local government officials. Abe says he “trusts” Yanase. Do you find Abe’s explanation of the matter convincing?

 

Yes

13.2

 

No

79.4

 

D/K+N/A

7.4

 

 

Q6: The opposition parties are calling for former executive secretary Tadao Yanase to be summoned to the Diet as a sworn witness over this issue. Do you think this is necessary?

 

Yes

66.3

 

No

27.6

 

D/K+N/A

6.1

 

 

Q7: There are suspicions that Kake Educational Institution’s proposal to set up a new veterinary school was given preferential treatment because Kake’s chairman is a friend of Prime Minister Abe. The government says it went through the proper process. Do you think that the process was appropriate?

 

Yes

21.1

 

No

68.6

 

D/K+N/A

10.3

 

 

Q8: Regarding the sale of state-owned land to Moritomo Gakuen, another school operator, the Finance Ministry has admitted that it tampered with official documents and now it has acknowledged it requested Moritomo Gakuen to coordinate its story regarding the removal of waste buried under the land. Do you think Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso should resign to take responsibility for the series of scandals?

 

Aso should resign

48.9

 

There is no need for Aso to resign

42.8

 

D/K+N/A

8.3

 

 

Q9: Materials concerning a past Ground Self-Defense Forces mission in Iraq that the Ministry of Defense has long said do not exist have been found. The GSDF discovered the materials in March last year but did not report that to the Defense Minister and other top officials. Do you think “civilian control,” namely, the control of the SDF by the Minister of Defense and others, is functioning appropriately?

 

Yes

13.1

 

No

78.4

 

D/K+N/A

8.5

 

 

Q10: There have been repeated scandals involving public documents, including the Finance Ministry’s falsification of documents and the careless handling of Ground Self-Defense Force data. Do you think the Abe cabinet bears responsibility for the various scandals involving official documents?

 

Yes

67.7

 

No

27.1

 

D/K+N/A

5.2

 

 

Q11: Are you in favor of or opposed to revising the constitution under Prime Minister Abe?

 

In favor

32.3

 

Opposed

57.1

 

D/K+N/A

10.6

 

 

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

18.3

(23.1)

Shigeru Ishiba

26.6

(24.1)

Fumio Kishida

5.9

(6.9)

Shinjiro Koizumi

25.2

(23.5)

Taro Kono

2.9

(2.3)

Seiko Noda

3.6

(3.9)

O/A

0.2

(0.3)

D/K+N/A

17.3

(15.9)

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis on April 14–15 targeting voters across the nation. However, the survey excluded landline numbers in some areas in Fukushima Prefecture. The survey covered 735 randomly selected households with eligible voters nationwide [by landline numbers], with responses collected from 512 people. A total of 1,140 people were accessed through their mobile phones, of which 513 responded.

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