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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 July 21–22.

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

50(45)

No

40(45)

Other answers (O/A)

3(3)

No answer (N/A)

7(7)

 

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

15

The prime minister has leadership ability

12

The prime minister is trustworthy

8

The cabinet’s lineup is good

2

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

16

Because it’s better than its predecessors

42

O/A

3

N/A

2

 

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

50

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

6

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

16

Because its predecessors were better

3

O/A

3

N/A

2

 

Q: Which political party do you support now?

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

40(41)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

4(8)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1(0)

Komeito (Komeito)

 2(3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2(3)

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

1(1)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

 0(0)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

 –(0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

 0(1)

O/A

 0(–)

None of the above (NOTA)

45(41)

N/A

3(2)

 

Q: Do you approve of the Abe cabinet’s economic policies?

 

Yes

48

No

38

N/A

14

 

Q: Do you approve of the Abe cabinet’s diplomatic and security policies?

 

Yes

50

No

35

N/A

14

 

Q: The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will hold its presidential election in September. Who do you think would be appropriate to serve as the next party president?*

 

Shinzo Abe

36

Shigeru Ishiba

22

Fumio Kishida

1

Seiko Noda

2

Taro Kono

3

Shinjiro Koizumi

24

O/A

0

NOTA

4

N/A

7

 

Q: Of the following three people who have announced their candidacies or expressed a desire to run in the LDP presidential election, who do you think would be appropriate to serve as the next party president?*

 

Shinzo Abe

42

Shigeru Ishiba

36

Seiko Noda

10

N/A

12

 

Q: Why do you think the candidate you mentioned in the previous question is appropriate to serve as the next party president? Select as many responses as you wish from the following list of six.*

 

The candidate’s policy measures are commendable

66

The candidate has leadership ability

67

The candidate can be expected to run the administration in a stable fashion

63

The candidate’s political beliefs are commendable

68

The candidate is trustworthy

70

The candidate is better than the others

91

O/A

1

N/A

1

 

Q: Regarding explicitly stating the existence of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) in the Constitution, the LDP is considering a proposal to add a provision stipulating the grounds for the SDF to Article 9 while retaining paragraph 2 of that article, which states that Japan will never again maintain war potential. Are you in favor of or opposed to this proposal?

 

In favor

45

Opposed

38

N/A

17

 

Q: Prime Minister Abe plans to submit the LDP’s proposal of constitutional amendments to the extraordinary Diet session this autumn. When do you think would be the best time for the LDP to submit the proposal? Select one from the following.*

 

At the extraordinary Diet session this autumn

18

In the first half of 2019

12

In the second half of 2019

11

In 2020 or later

14

There is no need to submit a constitutional amendment proposal

31

N/A

14

 

Q: The Abe cabinet plans to relocate the U.S. military’s Air Station Futenma in Okinawa to the Henoko district of Nago City, which is also in Okinawa. Do you approve of this?

 

Yes

35

No

48

N/A

17

 

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

41

The matter should be considered with caution

54

N/A

5

 

Q: The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has requested the government to introduce daylight savings for the summer only as a measure to address the extreme heat for the marathon and race walking events. Under the measure, clocks would be brought forward by one or two hours. Are you in favor of or opposed to this?

 

In favor

40

Opposed

50

N/A

10

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on Aug. 24–26 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 1,076 persons, including 529 persons (out of the 918 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 547 persons (out of the 1,191 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 58% for landline numbers and 46% 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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