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Opinion poll & results from Mainichi Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(T = total; P = previous; M = male; F = female)

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

30

(33)

34

26

No

49

(47)

49

48

Not interested

20

(19)

17

24

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the above question) Why?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Because the prime minister is from the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan

10

(8)

9

12

Because I think highly of Abe

21

(19)

21

20

Because something can be expected of the prime minister’s policies

21

(20)

25

15

Because there are no other good people or political parties

47

(50)

44

50

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the above question) Why?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Because the prime minister is from the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan

4

(5)

3

5

Because I don’t think highly of Abe

50

(51)

49

50

Because nothing can be expected of the prime minister’s policies

30

(29)

30

31

Because there are other good people and political parties

12

(12)

13

10

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

29

(29)

33

26

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

13

(13)

13

12

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

1

(1)

2

1

Komeito (Komeito)

3

(3)

2

4

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

1

(1)

1

1

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3

(4)

3

3

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

2

(2)

2

1

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0

(1)

1

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

(1)

1

0

Other political groups

2

(1)

2

1

None of the above (NOTA)

40

(39)

36

43

 

Q: Administrative Vice Finance Minister Junichi Fukuda has announced his resignation amid allegations that he repeatedly made sexually suggestive remarks to [female] reporters. There have been other scandals involving the Finance Ministry, including the falsification of official documents related to the sale of state-owned land to school operator Moritomo Gakuen. Do you think that Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso, the person in charge of overseeing the ministry, should resign?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes  

51

 

52

50

No

37

 

38

35

 

Q: This question concerns the proposal by Kake Educational Institution, which is headed by a friend of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, to establish a new veterinary school. A document has been found that states that the then executive secretary to Abe said the Kake proposal was “a matter related to the prime minister.” The then executive secretary denies making the statement. Are you convinced by this explanation?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes  

12

 

16

8

No

74

 

73

76

 

Q: Daily logs from the dispatch of Self-Defense Forces (SDF) units to Iraq were found although Defense Ministry officials had made statements in the Diet last year that such documents “do not exist.” With this scandal, do you think that “civilian control,” where civilian political leadership controls the SDF, is functioning properly?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

26

 

25

28

No

54

 

62

46

 

Q: Do you think that Prime Minister Abe bears responsibility for the series of scandals?

 

 

T

P

M

F

In favor  

64

 

64

64

Opposed

22

 

26

17

 

Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with U.S. President Donald Trump, and Mr. Trump promised to raise the abductions issue in addition to denuclearization of North Korea at the U.S.-DPRK summit. The two leaders also agreed to create a new framework for consultations on Japan-U.S. trade. Do you approve of the outcomes of the recent summit?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

52

 

56

47

No

30

 

30

30

 

Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is currently serving his second term as the Liberal Democratic Party president, and the term expires in September this year. Do you think it would be good if he continued to serve a third term as party president?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

25

(29)

28

21

No

59

(55)

59

58

 

(Note) Figures rounded off. “0” indicates that the figure was below 0.5%, and “–” denotes that no respondents gave that answer. “No answer” omitted. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted March 17–18, 2018.

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by pollsters over the two-day period of April 21–22, 2018, targeting landline and mobile telephone numbers across the nation on a computer-aided random digit sampling (RDS) basis. The survey excluded landline numbers in municipalities designated as “difficult-to-return” zones due to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. Valid responses were received from 574 persons (out of the 873 households with one or more persons age 18 or over) for landline numbers and 568 persons (out of the 734 persons age 18 or over who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 66% for landline numbers and 77% for mobile numbers.

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