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Opinion poll & results from Sankei Shimbun

Q: Do you support Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet?

 

Yes

49.3

(45.6)

No

41.8

(44.4)

Other answers (O/A)

8.9

(10.0)

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

42.6

(43.1)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

9.0

(10.7)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

0.5

(0.7)

Komeito (Komeito)

3.6

(4.3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4.2

(3.1)

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

1.6

(2.0)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0.2

(0.5)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0.2

(0.6)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.9

 (0.8)

Other political parties

1.3

(1.1)

None of the above (NOTA)

35.4

(32.9)

O/A

0.5

(0.2)

 

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

 

Prime Minister Abe’s personal character

Yes

51.6

(49.0)

No

41.5

(43.7)

O/A

6.9

(7.3)

 

Prime Minister Abe’s leadership

Yes

55.9

(52.3)

No

36.6

(40.5)

O/A

7.5

(7.2)

 

Economic policy measures

Yes

39.6

(43.3)

No

50.1

(48.4)

O/A

10.3

(8.3)

 

Social security policy

Yes

31.6

(28.3)

No

57.5

(60.9)

O/A

10.9

(10.8)

 

Foreign and security policies

Yes

50.0

(51.3)

No

40.0

(40.4)

O/A

10.0

 (8.3)

 

Q: The following seven questions concern the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) presidential election.

 

Who do you think would be suitable to serve as the next party president?

Shinzo Abe

49.6

 

Shigeru Ishiba

39.6

 

O/A

10.8

 

 

Who do you think is a better leader?

Abe

58.5

 

Ishiba

27.5

 

O/A

14.0

 

 

Who do you think is more commendable in personal character?

Abe

39.7

 

Ishiba

46.5

 

O/A

13.8

 

 

Who do you think is more promising in economic policy?

Abe

49.7

 

Ishiba

33.2

 

O/A

17.1

 

 

Who do you think is more promising in diplomatic and security policy?

Abe

51.1

 

Ishiba

34.9

 

O/A

14.0

 

 

Who do you think is more promising in social security policy?

Abe

35.7

 

Ishiba

43.7

 

O/A

20.6

 

 

Who do you think is more promising in regional revitalization policy?

Abe

29.3

 

Ishiba

57.0

 

O/A

13.7

 

 

Q: Prime Minister Abe has expressed the intent to aim to have the LDP submit its constitutional amendment proposal to the autumn extraordinary Diet session. Are you in favor of or opposed to the submission of the LDP proposal to the autumn extraordinary Diet session?

 

In favor

38.8

 

Opposed

51.1

 

O/A

10.1

 

 

Q: The following two questions concern items in the Constitution that both Prime Minister Abe and Ishiba say need to be amended.

 

Of the items for constitutional amendment proposed by Abe and Ishiba, which do you think is the highest priority?

Amendment of Article 9

26.9

 

Addition of a clause on government responses to emergency situations

47.0

 

Elimination of Upper House electoral districts comprising multiple prefectures

19.1

 

O/A

7.0

 

 

Regarding paragraph 2 of Article 9, which states that Japan will never again maintain war potential, which of the two proposals is closer to your thinking?

Prime Minister Abe’s proposal to add a provision explicitly stating the existence of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to Article 9 while retaining paragraph 2 of that article

22.2

21.9

Ishiba’s proposal to delete paragraph 2 and set up national defense forces

22.2

22.2

Revision of Article 9 in a way other than those stated in the two proposals

16.4

12.2

There is no need to amend Article 9

33.0

38.1

O/A

6.2

5.6

 

Q: Ishiba has proposed that a new ministry in charge of disaster mitigation be established. Are you in favor of or opposed to the creation of such a ministry?

 

In favor

63.9

 

Opposed

25.4

 

O/A

10.7

 

 

Q: The government plans to raise the consumption tax from the current 8% to 10% in October next year. Prime Minister Abe plans to divert a portion of the increased tax revenues to childrearing support and free education. Which of the following is closest to your views on the consumption tax hike?

 

The consumption tax should be raised as scheduled if a portion will go to childrearing support and free education

29.4

 

The consumption tax should be raised as scheduled, but priority should be placed on rebuilding public finances

21.4

 

The consumption tax should be raised as scheduled, but the funds should be used for other policies

12.0

 

The consumption tax hike should be postponed

13.3

 

I am opposed to raising the consumption tax rate

22.5

 

O/A

1.4

 

 

Q: The next two questions concern the Japan-Russia summit meeting that took place on Sept. 10 in Vladivostok, Russia.

 

Do you approve of the road map created to realize joint economic activities on the Northern Territories in five fields, including aquaculture and greenhouse farming, to break through the impasse in the territorial negotiations?

Yes

56.1

 

No

33.1

 

O/A

10.8

 

 

President Putin has proposed that Japan and Russia “form a peace treaty without preconditions by the end of the year.” The Japanese government, however, adheres to the principle of forming a peace treaty after resolving the matter of the attribution of the four Northern Islands. How do you think the Japanese government should respond to the Russian proposal?

Japan should adhere to the principle it has been following

81.0

 

Japan should agree to President Putin’s proposal

12.7

 

O/A

6.3

 

 

Q: Do you approve of the government’s handling of disaster relief and reconstruction efforts, including those related to the torrential rains in western Japan and the Hokkaido earthquake?

 

Yes

66.2

 

No

26.0

 

O/A

7.8

 

 

Q: Do you think the Self-Defense Forces are constitutional or unconstitutional?

 

Constitutional

67.1

 

Unconstitutional

22.1

 

O/A

10.8

 

 

(Note) Parenthesized figures denote the results of the previous survey conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network on Aug 25–26, 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 Sept. 15–16, 2018.]

 

 

 

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