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Opinion poll & results from Asahi Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures are rounded off. Some questions and answers have been omitted. All questions were asked of all respondents except for those questions indented and marked with a bullet, which are sub-questions. The figures given for sub-questions are percentages of the respondents in the given category. Bracketed figures denote percentages of all respondents. Parenthesized figures are the results of the survey taken on May 19–20, 2018.)

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

38(36)

No

45(44)

 

  • Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the foregoing question) Why? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

The prime minister is Mr. Abe

10[4]

It’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

13[5]

Policies

20[8]

It seems better than the others

54[20]

 

  • Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the foregoing question) Why not? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

The prime minister is Mr. Abe

25[11]

It’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

19[8]

Policies

40[18]

The others seem better

12[6]

 

Q: Which political party do you support now? Please give the name of the party.

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

34(36)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

9(9)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

3(3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(3)

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

1(1)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0(0)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0(0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0(0)

Party for Japanese Kokoro (Nihon no Kokoro)

0(0)

Other political party

1(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

40(39)

No answer (N/A) + Don’t know (D/K)

8(8)

 

Q: This autumn, the Liberal Democratic Party will elect its next president. Who do you think would be suitable to serve as the next LDP president? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Shinzo Abe

27(27)

Shigeru Ishiba

23(25)

Fumio Kishida

5(5)

Seiko Noda

7(7)

None of the above

33(30)

 

Q: The next two questions concern the falsification of official documents related to [the sale of state-owned land to] Moritomo Gakuen. Criminal charges were brought against Nobuhisa Sagawa, former head of the Finance Ministry’s Financial Bureau, and other government employees involved, but the Public Prosecutors Office decided not to indict any of them. Do you approve that Sagawa and the others were not indicted?

 

Yes

18

No

66

 

Q: The Finance Ministry released a report on its investigation into the background to the document falsification and punished those involved. Do you think that this settles the issues related to Moritomo Gakuen?

 

Yes

12

No

79

 

Q: The next two questions concern the scandal related to Kake Educational Institution’s establishment of a new veterinary school. Ehime Prefectural Government released a document stating that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Kake Chairman [Kotaro Kake] met, but the Prime Minister denies having attended such a meeting and Kake Educational Institution has said that the two men never actually met. Are you persuaded by the explanation given by Prime Minister Abe and Kake?

 

Yes

13

No

75

 

Q: Do you think it is necessary to summon Kake Educational Institution Chairman Kotaro Kake to the Diet and have him give an explanation of the matter?

 

Yes

61

No

28

 

Q: Do you think the Diet should continue to work on explicating the scandals related to Moritomo Gakuen and Kake Educational Institution?

 

Yes

57

No

32

 

Q: The government aims to have a bill that stipulates the entrance fee for casinos enacted at the current session of the Diet. Enacting this bill would mean that casinos can be built in Japan. Do you think this bill should be enacted during the current Diet session?

 

Yes

17

No

73

 

Q: The Liberal Democratic Party and others have submitted to the Diet a proposal to revise the Public Offices Election Act to add [a total of] six seats to the Upper House. For proportional representation seats, the proposal calls for adding [four] seats and creating a “special category” for some seats where the ranking of candidates would be set in advance. For electoral district seats, the proposal seeks to add [two] seats to rectify the disparity in vote value. Are you in favor of or opposed to this proposal?

 

In favor

27

Opposed

49

 

Q: U.S. President Donald Trump and Workers’ Party of Korea Chairman Kim Jong Un had their first-ever summit. Do you approve of the fact that a summit was held?

 

Yes

73

No

19

 

Q: President Trump and Chairman Kim released a joint statement stating they will aim to “completely denuclearize” the Korean Peninsula. Are you hopeful that North Korea will destroy its nuclear weapons?

 

Yes

26

No

66

 

Q: Prime Minister Abe has expressed interest in meeting with Chairman Kim. Are you hopeful that the abductions issue will move toward resolution under Prime Minister Abe?

 

Yes

40

No

51

 

Q: Do you think that Prime Minister Abe should meet with Chairman Kim at an early date?

 

Yes

67(55)

No

26(36)

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted on June 16–17 on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis of voters nationwide with telephone calls placed by pollsters to landline and mobile phone numbers (for landlines, some districts in Fukushima Prefecture were excluded). Valid responses were received from 976 persons (out of 1,985 households found to have one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and from 1,023 persons (out of the 2,043 persons found to be eligible voters) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 49% for landline numbers and 50% for mobile numbers.

 

 

 

 

 

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