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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 June 16–17, 2018.)

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

38(38)

No

43(45)

 

  • 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

13[5]

It’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

16[6]

Policies

18[7]

It seems better than the others

53[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

18[8]

It’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

25[11]

Policies

40[17]

The others seem better

11[5]

 

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

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

34(34)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

8(9)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

4(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)

1(0)

Party for Japanese Kokoro (Nihon no Kokoro)

0(0)

Other political party

1(1)

None of the above (NOTA)

39(40)

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

28(27)

Shigeru Ishiba

23(23)

Fumio Kishida

5(5)

Seiko Noda

7(7)

None of the above

33(33)

 

Q: The second Abe administration has been in office for five and a half years. To what degree do you approve of Prime Minister Abe’s overall performance to date? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Very much

7

Somewhat

52

Not very much

30

Not much at all

10

 

Q: Why do you think the Abe administration has continued in office for five and a half years? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Because Abe has a good political stance and policies

10

Because the economy is strong

7

Because the public is not seeking a change

10

Because there are no other promising people or political parties

69

 

Q: Do you approve of the Abe cabinet’s handling of the recent torrential rains that caused great damage mainly in western Japan?

 

Yes

32

No

45

 

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(17)

No

76(73)

 

Q: The ruling parties plan to have the Diet enact a bill 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 bill?

 

In favor

24

Opposed

56

 

Q: This question concerns the scandal related to the establishment of a new veterinary school by Kake Educational Institution, which is headed by a friend of Prime Minister Abe’s. Do you think the suspicions that Kake was shown favoritism have been cleared up with the explanations given by Prime Minister Abe and the head of Kake Educational Institution?

 

Yes

8

No

83

 

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

 

Yes

50(57)

No

41(32)

 

Q: What media do you use to obtain information about political and social news? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Newspapers

24

Television

44

Internet news sites

26

Social networking services (SNS), including Twitter and Facebook

4

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted on July 14–15 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 a total of 1,941 persons, including 933 persons (out of 1,913 households found to have one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and from 1,008 persons (out of the 2,072 persons found to be eligible voters) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 49% for landline numbers and 49% for mobile numbers.

 

 

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