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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 Aug. 24–26.

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

50(50)

No

41(40)

Other answers (O/A)

4(3)

No answer (N/A)

5(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

14

The prime minister has leadership ability

14

The prime minister is trustworthy

8

The cabinet’s lineup is good

3

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

16

Because it’s better than its predecessors

37

O/A

3

N/A

4

 

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

14

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

3

The prime minister is untrustworthy

62

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

4

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

12

Because its predecessors were better

1

O/A

1

N/A

2

 

Q: Which political party do you support now?

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

40(40)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

6(4)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

 4(2)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2(2)

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

1(1)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

 0(–)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

 0(0)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

 –(0)

O/A

 0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

45(45)

N/A

3(3)

 

Q: Do you think it is good that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a third consecutive term as Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president in the party’s presidential election?

 

Yes

46

No

41

N/A

13

 

Q: Abe won 553 votes and Ishiba won 254 in the LDP presidential election. Which one of the following three is closest to your thinking?*

 

It would have been better if Abe had won more votes

6

It would have been better if Ishiba had won more votes

49

The number of votes won by each candidate was just right

39

N/A

6

 

Q: What policies and issues would you like to see Prime Minister Abe put priority on addressing going forward? Select as many as you wish from the following.*

 

Economic policies

85

Fiscal reconstruction

70

Social security for the elderly, including pensions

77

Child-rearing support and free education

71

Diplomacy and security

69

Disaster prevention measures and reconstruction from the earthquake

89

Regional revitalization

70

Constitutional amendment

33

Scandals surrounding school operators Moritomo Gakuen and Kake Educational Institution

42

O/A

0

Nothing in particular

1

N/A

0

 

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

39

Opposed

43

N/A

19

 

Q: Prime Minister Abe plans to submit the LDP’s proposal of constitutional amendments to the extraordinary Diet session this autumn. Are you in favor of or opposed to Abe’s plan?

 

In favor

36

Opposed

51

N/A

13

 

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 plan?

 

Yes

34

No

47

N/A

19

 

Q: South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Workers’ Party of Korea Chairman Kim Jong Un held a summit meeting and announced that they would endeavor to completely eliminate nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula. Do you think this will lead to a resolution of North Korea’s nuclear weapon and missile issues?

 

Yes

36

No

53

N/A

11

 

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

38

The matter should be considered with caution

57

N/A

5

 

Q: Russian President Vladimir Putin said he wanted to conclude a peace treaty with Japan without preconditions by the end of the year. Regarding this, the Japanese government’s policy is to conclude a peace treaty with Russia after the issue of the attribution of the Northern Territories has been resolved. Do you support this Japanese government policy?

 

Yes

75

No

14

N/A

11

 

Q: [Under the “Hometown Tax Donation” system, taxpayers can choose to pay a certain proportion of their local tax – in essence, “donate” – to a city, prefecture, or municipality of their choice. In return, taxpayers are exempt from a portion of their income and resident taxes. In addition, the public bodies that receive the tax donation give in return a gift.] The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications plans to eliminate from the tax-exemption scheme those local governments whose gift procurement costs exceed 30% of donations or whose gifts are not locally produced. Are you in favor of or opposed to this policy?

 

In favor

54

Opposed

34

N/A

12

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on Sept. 21–23 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 1,053 persons, including 528 persons (out of the 830 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 525 persons (out of the 1,215 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 64% for landline numbers and 43% 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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