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Opinion poll & results from Nikkei Digital

Questions & answers (%)

 

Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

55(48)

No

39(42)

Not sure + Don’t know

 5(10)

 

  • Q1SQ1: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the foregoing question) Why? [Select as many responses as you would like from the eight options below.]

 

It is a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

24(25)

It has good policies

14(14)

It has an international outlook

33(35)

It has leadership ability

25(22)

It offers a sense of stability

43(39)

The prime minister is trustworthy

16(15)

It is clean

6(5)

It administers the government and the political party well

11(11)

Other

4(2)

Not sure + Don’t know

5(5)

 

  • Q1SQ2: (Only for those who answered “no” to the foregoing question) Why not? [Select as many responses as you would like from the eight options below.]

 

It is a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

34(35)

It has bad policies

24(28)

It does not have an international outlook

12(9)

It does not have leadership ability

8(8)

It does not offer a sense of stability

10(12)

The prime minister is untrustworthy

53(47)

It is not clean

24(23)

It administers the government and the political party poorly

25(33)

Other

1(1)

Not sure + Don’t know

6(5)

 

Q2: Which political party do you support now? Please name only one.

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

48(45)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

6(10)

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)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

 1(1)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0(0)

Other political party

 0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

32(33)

Not sure + Don’t know

4(3)

 

Q3: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was elected for a third consecutive term in the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) election and will continue as prime minister. What do you think of this outcome?

 

Good

55

Not good

38

Can’t say either way

5

Not sure + Don’t know

2

 

Q4: What kind of policies do you hope Prime Minister Abe will focus on? Select as many as you would like from the following seven.

 

Economic recovery

45

Financial reconstruction

29

Improvement of social security

49

Enhancement of education

31

Diplomacy and security

30

Constitutional amendment

13

Political and administrative reform

15

Other

0

Not sure + Don’t know

6

 

Q5: How much do you trust Prime Minister Abe?

 

Very much

9

Somewhat

48

Not very much

28

Not at all

13

Other

0

Not sure + Don’t know

2

Trust (total)

57

Not trust (total)

41

 

Q6: The Prime Minister plans to raise the consumption tax to 10% in October 2019. Are you in favor of or opposed to this?

 

In favor

47

Opposed

48

Can’t say either way

4

Not sure + Don’t know

1

 

Q7: The government obliges companies to make it possible for employees to work until age 65 in principle. Are you in favor of or opposed to this? 

 

In favor

57

Opposed

36

Can’t say either way

6

Not sure + Don’t know

2

 

Q8: The government is considering a public pension system where the monthly payments are higher if the pension recipient delays the start of payments until the age of 70. Are you in favor of or opposed to this system? 

 

In favor

33

Opposed

57

Can’t say either way

6

Not sure + Don’t know

4

 

Q9: The government is being requested by U.S. President Donald Trump to reduce its trade surplus. What do you think about President Trump’s demand?

 

Japan should respond to the demand

12

There is no need for Japan to respond to the demand

76

Can’t say either way

3

Not sure + Don’t know

8

 

Q10: Prime Minister Abe has indicated the intention to submit a proposal for LDP constitutional amendments to the extraordinary Diet session this autumn. Do you think that the proposal for LDP constitutional amendments should be submitted to the extraordinary Diet session this autumn?

 

It should be submitted to the extraordinary Diet session this autumn

24

The submission of the proposal should not be rushed

68

Can’t say either way

3

Not sure + Don’t know

6

 

Q11: Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed that Japan and Russia conclude a peace treaty by the end of 2018. What are your views on this?

 

The two nations should conclude a peace treaty by year-end and tackle the territorial issue after that

19

After the territorial issue has been resolved, the two nations should conclude a peace treaty

66

There is no need to conclude a peace treaty

6

Can’t say either way

0

Not sure + Don’t know

10

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted on Sept. 21–23 [by Nikkei Research Inc. via random-digit dialing (RDD) to both landlines and mobile phones. It drew 973 responses from men and women aged 18 and older nationwide, for a response rate of 46.4%]. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the previous survey conducted on Aug. 24–26. Figures are rounded off. In some cases, the total percentage may not add up to 100%. Regarding the cabinet support rate, a follow-up question was posed to respondents who answered “not sure” or “don’t know”: “Which is closer to your view?” Regarding political party support, a follow-up question was posed to pollees who responded “not sure,” “don’t know,” or “none of the above”: “If you had to say, which political party do you feel positively about?” The responses to the follow-up questions were added to the responses to the initial questions.

 

 

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