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OPINION POLLS

Kyodo News opinion poll & results from Tokyo Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures in parentheses are the results of the last survey conducted May 12–13.)

 

Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

44.9

(38.9)

No

43.2

(50.3)

Don’t know (D/K) + No answer (N/A)

11.9

(10.8)

 

Q2: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the previous question) What is the primary reason for your approval of the Abe cabinet?

 

The prime minister is trustworthy

7.4

(9.2)

Because it’s a coalition cabinet of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and Komeito

11.7

(6.5)

The prime minister has leadership ability

8.8

(9.1)

Something can be expected of its economic policies

12.4

(16.5)

Something can be expected of its foreign policy

15.7

(16.1)

There’s no other appropriate person [for prime minister]

42.7

(42.0)

Other answers (O/A)

1.3

(0.2)

D/K+N/A

(0.4)

 

Q3: (Only for those who answered “no” to the first question) What is the primary reason for your disapproval of the Abe cabinet?

 

The prime minister is untrustworthy

48.9

(48.6)

Because it’s a coalition cabinet of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and Komeito

5.6

(4.7)

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

4.2

(5.9)

Nothing can be expected of its economic policies

15.9

(15.5)

Nothing can be expected of its foreign policy

5.7

(6.1)

Don’t think the prime minister is appropriate for the position

18.1

(15.3)

O/A

1.6

(3.1)

D/K+N/A

(0.8)

 

Q4: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

38.8

(37.1)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

12.2

(13.3)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1.7

(1.1)

Komeito (Komeito)

3.7

(3.7)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2.5

 (4.5)

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

2.3

(1.5)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0.8

(0.7)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0.9

(0.7)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.3

(0.8)

Other political parties, groups

(0.2)

None of the above (NOTA)

36.0

(34.2)

D/K+N/A

0.8

(2.2)

 

Q5: U.S. President Donald Trump and Workers’ Party of Korea Chairman Kim Jong Un met in Singapore and signed a joint statement speaking of denuclearization by completely eliminating nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula. The joint statement, however, does not specify concrete measures such as a deadline for denuclearization and means of verification. Do you think complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula will be achieved?

 

Yes

16.4

 

No

77.6

 

D/K+N/A

6.0

 

 

Q6: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed interest in meeting with Chairman Kim with an eye to resolving the abduction of Japanese nationals by North Korea. Do you think a Japan-DPRK summit should be held?

 

A summit should be held

81.4

 

It is not necessary to hold a summit

13.3

 

D/K+N/A

5.3

 

 

Q7: Do you approve of the Abe cabinet’s diplomatic efforts in relation to the abductions issue and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula?

 

Yes

44.2

 

No

46.1

 

D/K+N/A

9.7

 

 

Q8: 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 in relation to the falsification of documents regarding the sale of state-owned land to school operator Moritomo Gakuen and the discounting of the sale by 800 million yen. Are you satisfied with the Public Prosecutors decision?

 

Yes

22.1

 

No

69.6

 

D/K+N/A

8.3

 

 

Q9: The Finance Ministry acknowledged that Sagawa, who was head of the Finance Ministry’s Financial Bureau at the time of the sale to Moritomo Gakuen, had directed the falsification of official documents, and the ministry punished 20 officials involved. Finance Minister Taro Aso has voluntarily returned 1.7 million yen, the annual amount he receives as a member of the cabinet. Do you think this has settled the Moritomo scandal?

 

Yes

15.7

 

No

78.5

 

D/K+N/A

5.8

 

 

Q10: With an eye to reducing the “vote-value disparity” in the Upper House, the Liberal Democratic Party and others submitted to the Diet a proposal to revise the Upper House elections system by adding six seats to the house and continuing with the two combined districts of “Tottori and Shimane” and “Tokushima and Kochi.” The proposal has been criticized for going in the opposite direction from the trend in recent years to reduce the number of Diet seats. Are you in favor of or opposed to this proposal?

 

In favor

19.5

 

Opposed

59.9

 

D/K+N/A

20.6

 

 

Q11: The government and ruling parties aim to have the integrated resorts (IR) implementation bill, which would lift the ban on casinos in Japan, enacted during the current Diet session. Do you think this bill should be enacted during the current Diet session?

 

The bill should be enacted during the current Diet session

23.7

 

There is no need to enact the bill during the current session

69.0

 

D/K+N/A

7.3

 

 

Q12: The LDP president’s term ends this September, and the LDP is scheduled to hold a presidential election at that time. Who do you think would be suitable to serve as the next party president? (Listed in Japanese alphabetical order)

 

Shinzo Abe

26.1

(21.2)

Shigeru Ishiba

24.1

(24.7)

Fumio Kishida

3.1

(4.5)

Shinjiro Koizumi

26.1

(26.6)

Taro Kono

2.9

(4.6)

Seiko Noda

4.0

(5.3)

O/A

0.2

(0.1)

D/K+N/A

13.5

(13.0)

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis on June 16–17 targeting voters across the nation. However, the survey excluded landline numbers in some areas in Fukushima Prefecture. The survey covered 741 randomly selected households with eligible voters nationwide [by landline numbers], with responses collected from 525 people. A total of 1,154 people were accessed through their mobile phones, of which 519 responded.

 

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