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Spot opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

Asterisks indicate that the choices were read aloud to the respondent.

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the previous survey conducted Sept. 21–23.

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

50(50)

No

39(41)

Other answers (O/A)

2(4)

No answer (N/A)

10(5)

 

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

19

The prime minister has leadership ability

18

The prime minister is trustworthy

8

The cabinet’s lineup is good

3

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

17

Because it’s better than its predecessors

30

O/A

1

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

17

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

3

The prime minister is untrustworthy

50

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

8

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

15

Because its predecessors were better

3

O/A

2

N/A

2

 

Q: Which political party do you support now? Select only one.

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

43(40)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

5(6)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

0(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

 3(4)

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)

42(45)

N/A

2(3)

 

Q: In the cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe retained the finance minister, chief cabinet secretary, and other core members of the cabinet. At the same time, he included 12 first-time ministers, the largest number in any Abe cabinet. Do you approve of the reshuffled cabinet overall?

 

Yes

38

No

45

N/A

17

 

Q: Do you approve of the retention of Taro Aso as deputy prime minister and finance minister?

 

Yes

36

No

57

N/A

7

 

Q: Do you approve of the appointment of Satsuki Katayama as minister of state for regional revitalization and the only female cabinet member?

 

Yes

51

No

35

N/A

14

 

Q: Do you approve of the appointment of Akira Amari to the post of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Election Strategy Committee chairperson?

 

Yes

37

No

41

N/A

22

 

Q: Do you approve of Abe’s awarding a cabinet post to a Diet member who backed former LDP Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba in the recent party presidential election?

 

Yes

71

No

19

N/A

10

 

Q: Denny Tamaki, who opposes the government-backed plan to relocate MCAS Futenma to the Henoko district of Nago City, won the Okinawa gubernatorial election. Do you approve of this election outcome?

 

Yes

63

No

24

N/A

13

 

Q: In his summit meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Abe confirmed that Japan and the United States would initiate trade negotiations, including tariffs on agricultural and other products, and that tariffs on autos would not be raised during the talks. Do you approve of this overall?

 

Yes

60

No

26

N/A

14

 

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

50

The matter should be considered with caution

46

N/A

4

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on Oct. 2–3 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 1,121 persons, including 536 persons (out of the 973 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 585 persons (out of the 1,258 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 55% for landline numbers and 47% 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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