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OPINION POLLS

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

39.8

(38.3)

No

48.5

(54.1)

Other answers (O/A)

11.7

(7.6)

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

35.9

(36.0)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

13.1

(13.8)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1.0

(–)

Komeito (Komeito)

4.0

(3.3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3.3

(3.2)

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

2.0

(2.2)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0.6

(0.4)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0.7

(–)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.8

 (0.6)

Other political parties

1.9

(0.7)

None of the above (NOTA)

36.3

(36.5)

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

45.4

(47.7)

No

45.2

(46.0)

O/A

9.4

(6.3)

 

Prime Minister Abe’s leadership

Yes

43.1

(42.1)

No

47.6

(50.9)

O/A

9.3

(7.0)

 

Economic policy measures

Yes

41.2

(42.3)

No

46.2

(48.4)

O/A

12.6

(9.3)

 

Social security policy

Yes

29.9

(31.4)

No

56.5

(56.9)

O/A

13.6

(11.7)

 

Foreign and security policies

Yes

49.8

(51.1)

No

38.5

(39.4)

O/A

11.7

(9.5)

 

Q: The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) 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

22.4

(20.9)

Shigeru Ishiba

25.0

(25.7)

Fumio Kishida

6.6

(8.2)

Shinjiro Koizumi

23.3

(24.4)

Taro Kono

3.6

(2.7)

Seiko Noda

4.9

 (3.5)

Another LDP Diet member

6.0

(5.6)

O/A

8.2

(9.0)

 

Q: The following three questions concern the summoning of Tadao Yanase, former executive secretary to Abe, to the Diet to give a testimony in relation to Kake Educational Institution’s establishment of a new veterinary school

 

Do you think the Kake issue reached some kind of closure by summoning Yanase?

Yes

19.2

 

No

76.0

 

O/A

4.8

 

 

Prime Minister Abe said he “sees no problem” with Yanase’s not reporting to him his meeting with Kake representatives. Are you convinced by Abe’s statement?

Yes

19.4

 

No

74.5

 

O/A

6.1

 

 

What do you think the Diet should emphasize in its deliberations: the Kake and Moritomo scandals or foreign policy, the economy and other key issues?

Kake and Moritomo scandals

20.0

 

Other issues

73.0

 

O/A

7.0

 

 

Q: In relation to the sexual harassment scandal surrounding a former administrative vice finance minister, Finance Minister Taro Aso has made statements like “there is no crime of sexual harassment.” Do you think Minister Aso should resign or should commit himself to reforming the organization and preventing a recurrence?

 

Minister Aso should resign

43.1

 

He should commit himself to reforming the organization and preventing a recurrence

53.6

 

O/A

3.3

 

 

Q: The following two questions concern the work-style reform bill currently being deliberated in the Diet

 

Are you in favor of or opposed to this bill being enacted during the current Diet session?

In favor

25.3

 

Opposed

57.9

 

O/A

16.8

 

 

The introduction of the “highly skilled professionals system” is part of the bill. Are you in favor of or opposed to the bill if the high-income, highly specialized professionals subject to the system agree to the arrangement?

In favor

34.6

 

Opposed

47.9

 

O/A

17.5

 

 

Q: Are you optimistic about the Democratic Party for the People?

 

Yes

19.0

 

No

75.2

 

O/A

5.8

 

 

Q: The following three questions concern North Korea issues.

 

Are you optimistic that the U.S.-DPRK summit scheduled for June 12 will achieve progress in the resolution of North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs?

Yes

59.9

 

No

37.0

 

O/A

3.1

 

 

It is expected that U.S. President Donald Trump will 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

64.6

(56.7)

No

31.9

(40.1)

O/A

3.5

(3.2)

 

Do you think the government should continue sanctions against North Korea until the issue of the abductions is resolved?

Yes

81.5

 

No

12.8

 

O/A

5.7

 

 

Q: The following two questions concern the relationship between the Self-Defense Forces and the Constitution.

 

Do you think the presence of the SDF is constitutional?

Yes

57.0

 

No

25.8

 

O/A

17.2

 

 

Are you in favor of or opposed to explicitly stating the existence of the SDF in the Constitution?

In favor

60.6

 

Opposed

28.5

 

O/A

10.9

 

 

(Note) Parenthesized figures denote the results of the last survey conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network on April 21–22, 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 May 19–20, 2018.]

 

 

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