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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

44.6

(39.8)

No

45.6

(48.5)

Other answers (O/A)

9.8

(11.7)

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

39.7

(35.9)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

12.8

(13.1)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

0.8

(1.0)

Komeito (Komeito)

3.3

(4.0)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4.0

(3.3)

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

2.6

(2.0)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0.1

(0.6)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0.1

(0.7)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.8

 (0.8)

Other political parties

1.9

(1.9)

None of the above (NOTA)

33.2

(36.3)

O/A

0.7

(0.4)

 

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

 

Prime Minister Abe’s personal character

Yes

47.9

(45.4)

No

45.6

(45.2)

O/A

6.5

(9.4)

 

Prime Minister Abe’s leadership

Yes

45.8

(43.1)

No

46.2

(47.6)

O/A

8.0

(9.3)

 

Economic policy measures

Yes

42.5

(41.2)

No

48.5

(46.2)

O/A

9.0

(12.6)

 

Social security policy

Yes

31.9

(29.9)

No

56.2

(56.5)

O/A

11.9

(13.6)

 

Foreign and security policies

Yes

50.0

(49.8)

No

40.9

(38.5)

O/A

9.1

(11.7)

 

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

25.2

(22.4)

Shigeru Ishiba

24.1

(25.0)

Fumio Kishida

5.1

(6.6)

Shinjiro Koizumi

26.9

(23.3)

Taro Kono

2.7

(3.6)

Seiko Noda

3.7

 (4.9)

Another LDP Diet member

6.1

(6.0)

O/A

6.2

(8.2)

 

Q: The following seven questions concern the first-ever U.S.-DPRK summit held on June 12.

 

Do you approve of the agreement reached at the summit?

Heartily approve

5.9

 

Somewhat approve

45.1

 

Not approve very much

35.8

 

Not approve at all

12.2

 

O/A

1.0

 

 

Do you think Workers’ Party of Korea Chairman Kim Jong Un or U.S. President Donald Trump had the edge at the summit?

President Trump

19.2

 

Chairman Kim

36.5

 

Neither one

42.8

 

O/A

1.5

 

 

Do you think that complete elimination of North Korea’s nuclear weapons will be achieved as a result of the summit?

Yes

11.0

 

No

82.5

 

O/A

6.5

 

 

Are you in favor of or opposed to Japan covering a portion of the expenses for the elimination of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles?

In favor

26.8

 

Opposed

69.6

 

O/A

3.6

 

 

During the summit, Chairman Kim indicated he would meet with Prime Minister Abe. Are you hopeful that progress will be made on the abductions issue?

Yes

34.2

 

No

59.3

 

O/A

6.5

 

 

What do you think should be done regarding a Japan-DPRK summit?

The summit should be held as soon as possible

40.7

 

Japan should consider the matter with caution

53.9

 

The summit should not be held

4.0

 

O/A

1.4

 

 

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

Yes

83.9

(81.5)

No

11.9

(12.8)

O/A

4.2

(5.7)

 

Q: The work-style reform bill includes “overtime regulations that include penalties for noncompliance,” “equal wages for equal work,” and the “highly skilled professionals system.” Are you in favor of or opposed to this bill being enacted during the current Diet session?

 

In favor

29.0

(25.3)

Opposed

55.8

(57.9)

O/A

15.2

(16.8)

 

Q: The following three questions concern the integrated resort (IR) implementation bill, which includes casinos.

 

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

In favor

26.9

 

Opposed

61.5

 

O/A

11.6

 

 

If IRs, including casinos, are created in Japan, would you go?

Yes

14.5

 

No

83.2

 

O/A

2.3

 

 

Do you think it is appropriate to ascertain how many times Japanese enter a casino by using “My Number” [Japan’s social security and tax number] and then limit their access to three times a week and 10 times a month?

The limit is appropriate

20.4

 

The limit should be made looser

13.6

 

The limit should be made tighter

52.8

 

O/A

13.2

 

 

Q: Are you in favor of or opposed to the proposal to reform the Upper House elections system to reduce vote-value disparity while also ensuring that all 47 prefectures, including those in combined districts, have at least one member in the chamber?

 

In favor

36.0

 

Opposed

52.3

 

O/A

11.7

 

 

Q: Regarding the scandal surrounding its establishment of a veterinary school, Kake Educational Institution announced that it gave wrong information to the Ehime prefectural and Imabari city governments by referring to a meeting between its head director, Kotaro Kake, and the Prime Minister that did not take place in reality. The meeting was referred to in an Ehime prefectural government document. Are you satisfied with Kake‘s explanation?

 

Yes

14.1

 

No

77.3

 

O/A

8.6

 

 

(Note) Parenthesized figures denote the results of the last survey conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network on May 19–20, 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 June 16–17, 2018.]

 

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