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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 31–April 1.

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

39(42)

No

53(50)

Other answers (O/A)

2(2)

No answer (N/A)

6(6)

 

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

14

The prime minister is trustworthy

5

The cabinet’s lineup is good

3

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

19

Because it’s better than its predecessors

38

O/A

3

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

12

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

5

The prime minister is untrustworthy

62

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

6

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

8

Because its predecessors were better

2

O/A

1

N/A

4

 

Q: Which political party do you support now?

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

37(36)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

10(9)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

 1(0)

Komeito (Komeito)

 2(3)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

2(1)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(2)

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

1(1)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

 0(0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

 0(1)

O/A

 0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

40(41)

N/A

3(4)

 

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?*

 

Shinzo Abe

23

Shigeru Ishiba

22

Fumio Kishida

5

Seiko Noda

5

Taro Kono

4

Shinjiro Koizumi

30

O/A

NOTA

6

N/A

5

 

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?

 

Dialogue

46

Pressure

45

N/A

9

 

Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe traveled to the United States and held a summit meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. Do you approve of the outcomes of recent summit overall?

 

Yes

45

No

42

N/A

13

 

Q: President Donald Trump has promised to raise the abductee issue at his summit meeting scheduled with Workers’ Party of Korea Chairman Kim Jong Un. Do you think that the abductee issue will move toward resolution?

 

Yes

20

No

73

N/A

7

 

Q: The “work-style reform” bill, which the government has submitted to the Diet, introduces overtime regulations that include penalties for noncompliance and the “no overtime pay” system, which exempts certain highly specialized professionals that earn a high salary from work-hour regulations. Do you think this bill should be enacted during the current Diet session?

 

The bill should be enacted in the current Diet session

26

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

62

N/A

12

 

Q: This question concerns the Kake Educational Institution’s proposal to establish a new veterinary school. A document has been found that states that 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 said he has “no recollection” of meeting with the officials, and Prime Minister Abe said he trusts Yanase. Are you convinced by this explanation?

 

Yes

10

No

82

N/A

9

 

Q: Administrative Vice Finance Minister Junichi Fukuda has announced that he will step down over a report in a weekly magazine that he repeatedly made sexually suggestive remarks to several female reporters. Do you think that the Finance Ministry has handled the scandal appropriately?

 

Yes

15

No

76

N/A

9

 

Q: Do you think that Finance Minister Taro Aso should resign over the sale of state-owned land to school operator Moritomo Gakuen and the sexual harassment allegations against Vice Minister Fukuda?

 

Aso should resign

50

There is no need for Aso to resign

44

N/A

6

 

Q: Daily logs from the dispatch of Ground Self-Defense Force members to Iraq were found 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. Do you think that civilian control, where politicians and others control the SDF, is functioning properly?

 

Yes

11

No

80

N/A

9

 

Q: Do you think Prime Minister Abe as head of the government bears major responsibility in the official documents scandals and the Moritomo Gakuen and Kake Educational Institution cases?

 

Yes

74

No

20

N/A

6

 

Q: Do you think that the Diet should place priority on the official documents scandals and the Moritomo Gakuen and Kake Educational Institution cases in its deliberations?

 

Yes

46

No

46

N/A

9

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on April 20–22 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 1,066 persons, including 540 persons (out of the 873 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 526 persons (out of the 1,112 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 62% for landline numbers and 47% 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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