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Kyodo News [spot] opinion poll & results from Tokyo Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures in parentheses are the results of the last survey conducted Aug. 25–26.)

 

Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

47.4

(44.2)

No

40.0

(42.4)

Don’t know (D/K) + No answer (N/A)

12.6

(13.4)

 

Q2: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the previous question) What is the primary reason for your approval of the Abe cabinet?

 

The prime minister is trustworthy

13.2

(12.4)

Because it’s a coalition cabinet of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and Komeito

6.9

(8.7)

The prime minister has leadership ability

9.2

(10.4)

Something can be expected of its economic policies

13.8

(10.9)

Something can be expected of its foreign policy

16.6

(16.5)

There’s no other appropriate person [for prime minister]

38.6

(39.8)

Other answers (O/A)

1.1

(0.7)

D/K+N/A

0.6

(0.6)

 

Q3: (Only for those who answered “no” to the first question) What is the primary reason for your disapproval of the Abe cabinet?

 

The prime minister is untrustworthy

51.0

(41.5)

Because it’s a coalition cabinet of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and Komeito

4.7

(7.3)

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

4.0

(3.3)

Nothing can be expected of its economic policies

16.3

(19.1)

Nothing can be expected of its foreign policy

3.8

(6.7)

Don’t think the prime minister is appropriate for the position

14.8

(16.2)

O/A

4.9

(2.4)

D/K+N/A

0.5

(3.5)

 

Q4: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

46.2

(43.8)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

6.3

(8.8)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1.5

(1.5)

Komeito (Komeito)

3.3

(2.3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3.2

 (3.2)

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

2.1

(2.6)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0.3

(0.7)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1.0

(1.3)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0.4

(0.8)

Other political parties, groups

(0.0)

None of the above (NOTA)

33.4

(32.8)

D/K+N/A

2.3

 (2.2)

 

Q5: In the LDP presidential election, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe beat former LDP Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba and was elected to a third consecutive term. Do you approve of this election result?

 

Yes

29.7

 

No

24.9

 

Can’t say either way

44.7

 

D/K+N/A

0.7

 

 

Q6: What issues do you think the Abe cabinet should place the highest priority on? Select up to two responses.

 

Economic policies, including employment

39.9

 

Fiscal reconstruction

16.1

 

Promotion of economic partnership agreements (EPA)

3.3

 

Pensions, healthcare, and nursing care

41.1

 

Child-rearing and measures to address the drop in the birthrate

26.2

 

Disaster prevention and reconstruction from the earthquake

17.0

 

Diplomacy and security

17.6

 

Regional revitalization

11.5

 

Constitutional amendment

7.2

 

O/A

1.3

 

D/K+N/A

2.6

 

 

Q7: Do you think it is problematic that Prime Minister Abe dominates politics and has great power in politics and in the administration’s decision making?

 

Yes

57.4

 

No

33.6

 

D/K+N/A

9.0

 

 

Q8: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has indicated the intention to “accelerate the compilation of an LDP constitutional amendment proposal so that a bill can be submitted to the next Diet session.” Are you in favor of or opposed to this intention of Abe?

 

In favor

35.7

(36.7)

Opposed

51.0

(49.0)

D/K+N/A

13.3

(14.3)

 

Q9: Prime Minister Abe has announced that he will raise the consumption tax from the current 8% to 10% in October next year. Are you in favor of or opposed to this policy?

 

In favor

41.2

 

Opposed

54.1

 

D/K+N/A

4.7

 

 

Q10: Are you convinced by the explanations given to date by Prime Minister Abe regarding the scandal surrounding the sale of state-owned land to school operator Moritomo Gakuen and the issues related to the establishment of a new veterinarian school by Kake Educational Institution?

 

Yes

16.5

 

No

76.8

 

D/K+N/A

6.7

 

 

Note: In cases where multiple responses are permitted, totals exceed 100.

 

Polling methodology: The [spot] survey was conducted by telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis from the afternoon of Sept. 20 through Sept. 21 targeting voters across the nation. However, the survey excluded landline numbers in some areas of Fukushima Prefecture. The survey covered 745 randomly selected households with eligible voters nationwide [by landline numbers], with responses collected from 507 people. A total of 1,147 people were accessed through their mobile phones, of which 510 responded.

 

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