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Opinion poll & results from Mainichi Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(T = total; P = previous; M = male; F = female)

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

37

(37)

40

35

No

40

(41)

40

40

Not interested

20

(20)

18

23

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the above question) Why?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Because the prime minister is from the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan

13

(8)

14

11

Because I think highly of Abe

23

(24)

21

25

Because something can be expected of the prime minister’s policies

17

(18)

22

12

Because there are no other good people or political parties

44

(47)

42

46

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the above question) Why?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Because the prime minister is from the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan

5

(3)

5

4

Because I don’t think highly of Abe

47

(48)

48

46

Because nothing can be expected of the prime minister’s policies

33

(31)

30

35

Because other people and political parties are better

13

(14)

14

12

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

31

(33)

35

28

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

11

(9)

11

11

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

0

(1)

0

1

Komeito (Komeito)

4

(3)

2

5

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3

(3)

2

3

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

2

(1)

3

2

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0

(0)

1

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

1

(1)

1

0

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

(1)

0

1

Other political groups

1

(0)

1

1

None of the above (NOTA)

40

(40)

39

41

 

Q: In the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) presidential election, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was elected to a third consecutive term and he reshuffled the cabinet. What are your expectations for the Abe cabinet with the recent cabinet reshuffle?

 

 

T

P

M

F

I have high expectations

8

 

8

8

My expectations have not changed

47

 

47

47

I have no expectations

37

 

37

36

 

Q: In the cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Abe retained Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso. Do you approve of this?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

25

 

28

22

No

61

 

62

60

 

Q: In the recent cabinet reshuffle, the number of female ministers decreased from two to one, the lowest number in any Abe cabinet. What do you think about this personnel decision?

 

 

T

P

M

F

More female ministers should be appointed  

38

 

36

40

There is no need to make excessive efforts to appoint more female ministers

50

 

53

46

 

Q: Prime Minister Abe appointed one Ishiba faction lawmaker to the cabinet. The Ishiba faction is led by former LDP Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba, who ran against Abe in the LDP presidential election. Do you approve of this appointment?  

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes  

51

 

49

53

No

31

 

36

27

 

Q: Amendments to the Constitution must be initiated by the Diet and submitted to the people in a national referendum. Do you think there is a need to hurry to initiate amendments in the Diet?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

19

 

20

17

No

65

 

69

61

 

Q: Are you convinced by the explanations given so far by Prime Minister Abe and the government in regard to the scandals surrounding school operators Moritomo Gakuen and Kake Educational Institution?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

13

(13)

15

12

No

71

(72)

73

69

 

Q: The government plans to relocate U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, which is located in Ginowan, Okinawa, to the Henoko district of Nago in the same prefecture. Are you in favor of or opposed to this plan?

 

 

T

P

M

F

In favor  

30

(33)

38

21

Opposed

45

(42)

43

46

 

Q: The government is considering increasing the number of foreign workers accepted in construction, nursing care, and other fields where there is a labor shortage. Are you in favor of or opposed to this government plan?

 

 

T

P

M

F

In favor

47

 

54

39

Opposed

32

 

30

34

 

Q: Under the government’s plan, the period of residence would be capped at a maximum of five years, and permanent residency would not be allowed. What do you think of this plan?  

 

 

T

P

M

F

Permanent residency should be allowed

40

 

46

35

There is no need to allow permanent residency

38

 

39

38

 

(Note) Figures rounded off. “0” indicates that the figure was below 0.5%, and “–” denotes that no respondents gave that answer. “No answer” omitted. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the previous survey conducted Sept. 1–2, 2018.

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by pollsters over the two-day period of Oct. 6–7, targeting landline and mobile telephone numbers across the nation on a computer-aided random digit sampling (RDS) basis. The survey excluded landline numbers in municipalities designated as “difficult-to-return” zones due to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. Valid responses were received from 503 persons (out of the 823 households with one or more persons age 18 or over) for landline numbers and 502 persons (out of the 617 persons age 18 or over who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 61% for landline numbers and 81% for mobile numbers.

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