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OPINION POLLS

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 May 18–20.

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

45(42)

No

44(47)

Other answers (O/A)

3(2)

No answer (N/A)

8(9)

 

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

14

The prime minister has leadership ability

12

The prime minister is trustworthy

5

The cabinet’s lineup is good

2

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

19

Because it’s better than its predecessors

43

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

16

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

4

The prime minister is untrustworthy

56

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

6

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

10

Because its predecessors were better

2

O/A

2

N/A

3

 

Q: Which political party do you support now?

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

38(37)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

6(7)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1(2)

Komeito (Komeito)

 3(4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(3)

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

0(2)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

 –(–)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

 0(0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

 0(0)

O/A

 0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

44(42)

N/A

3(3)

 

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

26

Shigeru Ishiba

19

Fumio Kishida

4

Seiko Noda

5

Taro Kono

3

Shinjiro Koizumi

28

O/A

0

NOTA

8

N/A

6

 

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 high salaries from work-hour regulations. Do you think this bill should be enacted during the current Diet session?

 

Yes

24

No

58

N/A

18

 

Q: The integrated resort implementation bill, which the government has submitted to the Diet, will allow casinos to be set up in Japan. Do you think this bill should be enacted during the current Diet session?

 

Yes

21

No

69

N/A

10

 

Q: This question concerns the sale of state-owned land to school operator Moritomo Gakuen.  Special investigators at the Osaka District Public Prosecutors Office decided not to indict Nobuhisa Sagawa, former head of the Finance Ministry’s Financial Bureau, and others. Meanwhile, the Finance Ministry released the results of its investigation, which found that Sagawa had effectively directed the falsification of official documents. Do you think the scandal surrounding Moritomo has been adequately explicated?

 

Yes

9

No

84

N/A

7

 

Q: Do you think that Finance Minister Taro Aso should resign to take responsibility for the Moritomo scandal?

 

Yes

50

No

40

N/A

9

 

Q: U.S. President Donald Trump and Workers’ Party of Korea Chairman Kim Jong Un held the first-ever U.S.-North Korea summit. They confirmed that [North Korea] will completely eliminate nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula and [the United States] will guarantee the security of the North Korean regime. The timing and the concrete methods to be used to eliminate the nuclear weapons were not indicated. Do you approve of the outcomes of this summit overall?

 

Yes

43

No

47

N/A

10

 

Q: Do you think the nuclear weapons and missile issues will move toward resolution?

 

Yes

24

No

64

N/A

12

 

Q: At his summit meeting with Chairman Kim, U.S. President Trump raised the issue of the abduction of Japanese nationals by North Korea. Do you think the issue will head toward resolution as a result?

 

Yes

19

No

73

N/A

8

 

Q: 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, to resolve the issue of North Korea’s nuclear weapons tests and missile launches?

 

Dialogue

48

Pressure

39

N/A

13

 

Q: Do you approve of the outcomes of Prime Minister Abe’s diplomatic work in relation to the North Korea issue?

 

Yes

42

No

47

N/A

11

 

Q: Do you think Japan should hold a summit with North Korea as soon as possible or do you think the matter should be considered with caution?

 

A summit should be held as soon as possible

51

The matter should be considered with caution

45

N/A

4

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on June 15–17 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 1,090 persons, including 527 persons (out of the 891 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 563 persons (out of the 1,201 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 59% 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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