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Opinion poll & results from Sankei Shimbun

Main Questions & Answers of the Sankei-FNN Joint Opinion Poll (%)

 

Q: Do you support Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet?

 

Yes

38.3

(45.0)

No

54.1

(43.8)

Other answers (O/A)

7.6

(11.2)

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

36.0

(35.4)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

13.8

(14.0)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

1.7

(1.4)

Komeito (Komeito)

3.3

(4.0)

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

1.2

(1.2)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3.2

(3.1)

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

2.2

(2.7)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0.4

(0.2)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.6

 (0.5)

Other political parties

0.7

(0.9)

None of the above (NOTA)

36.5

(36.2)

O/A

0.4

(0.4)

 

Q: Do you approve of the Abe administration on the following points?

 

Prime Minister Abe’s personal character

Yes

47.7

(50.8)

No

46.0

(41.0)

O/A

6.3

(8.2)

 

Prime Minister Abe’s leadership

Yes

42.1

(52.4)

No

50.9

(40.0)

O/A

7.0

(7.6)

 

Economic policy measures

Yes

42.3

(40.9)

No

48.4

(48.7)

O/A

9.3

(10.4)

 

Social security policy

Yes

31.4

(30.3)

No

56.9

(57.6)

O/A

11.7

(12.1)

 

Foreign and security policies

Yes

51.1

(51.9)

No

39.4

(36.8)

O/A

9.5

(11.3)

 

Q: The Liberal Democratic Party presidential election is scheduled to be held in the autumn. Who do you think would be suitable to be elected as the next party president who, it is expected, would become the next prime minister?

 

Shinzo Abe

20.9

(30.0)

Shigeru Ishiba

25.7

(28.6)

Fumio Kishida

8.2

(9.7)

Shinjiro Koizumi

24.4

(–)

Taro Kono

2.7

(5.8)

Seiko Noda

3.5

(5.2)

Another LDP Diet member

5.6

(13.5)

O/A

9.0

(7.2)

 

Q: Are you in favor of or opposed to the dissolution of the Lower House and the calling of a general election at an early date?

 

In favor

34.1

 

Opposed

57.9

 

O/A

8.0

 

 

Q: The following two questions concern the Kake Educational Institution’s proposal to set up a new veterinary school. A document has been found that states that Tadao Yanase, former executive secretary to Abe, met with Ehime Prefectural officials and others and said Kake’s 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 the Abe administration’s explanation?

Yes

11.4

 

No

82.4

 

O/A

6.2

 

 

Do you think summoning Yanase to the Diet will elucidate the facts?

Yes

9.2

 

No

86.0

 

O/A

4.8

 

 

Q: The following two questions concern the sexual harassment scandal involving Administrative Vice Finance Minister Junichi Fukuda. 

 

The Finance Ministry asked the female reporters to whom Fukuda allegedly repeatedly made sexually suggestive remarks to contact the ministry legal adviser over the matter. Do you think the Finance Ministry is handling the scandal appropriately?

Yes

32.8

 

No

60.8

 

O/A

6.4

 

 

Do you think Finance Minister Taro Aso should resign?

Yes

45.6

 

No

49.8

 

O/A

4.6

 

 

Q: The following three questions concern the Japan-U.S. summit

 

Do you approve of the outcomes of the summit overall?

Yes

42.4

 

No

49.6

 

O/A

8.0

 

 

Do you support the U.S. and Japanese governments’ policy of continuing to apply maximum pressure on North Korea until it completely abandons its nuclear and missile programs?

Yes

81.9

(81.9)

No

13.6

(14.0)

O/A

4.5

(4.1)

 

U.S. President Donald Trump said that he would raise the issue of the Japanese abductees at the U.S.-DPRK summit. Are you hopeful that progress will be made on the abductions issue?

Yes

56.7

 

No

40.1

 

O/A

3.2

 

 

Q: The following two questions concern North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

 

What policy do you think would be appropriate for Japan to adopt going forward?

It would be okay for Japan to partially remove sanctions at the stage where progress is made toward North Korea’s abandonment of its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs

16.9

 

Japan should not remove sanctions unless North Korea not only abandons its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs and but also makes progress toward the resolution of the abductions issue as well

77.7

 

There is no need to impose sanctions

3.4

 

O/A

2.0

 

 

Do you think the inter-Korea dialogue and the U.S.-DPRK summit will lead to Pyongyang’s halting of its development of nuclear weapons and missiles?

Yes

39.2

(30.0)

No

52.1

(61.8)

O/A

8.7

(8.2)

 

(Note) Parenthesized figures denote the results of the last survey conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network on March 10–11, 2018. “O/A” for “other answers” denotes “don’t know,” “can’t say,” etc.

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted until the calculated number of responses was obtained by placing telephone calls on a random digit dialing (RDD) basis adjusted to the gender and age composition of each survey area. A total of 1,000 men and women, aged 18 and over, across the nation were surveyed. [The survey was conducted on April 21–22.]

 

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