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55% say Henoko relocation plan “needs to be revised,” Asahi poll

  • October 16, 2018
  • , Asahi , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

The nationwide (telephone-based) public opinion poll conducted by the Asahi Shimbun on Oct. 13–14 probed views on the relocation of Futenma Air Station in Okinawa Prefecture to the Henoko district of Nago. Denny Tamaki, who is opposed to the relocation to Henoko, was elected in the Okinawa gubernatorial election last month. Some 55% said that the Abe administration “needs to review” its relocation policy in light of the results of the election, while 30% said that this is “not necessary.”


Some 49% of male pollees said that the plan “needs to be revised,” while 61% of female pollees said the same. By political party supported, some 38% of Liberal Democratic Party supporters said a “review is necessary” whereas 50% said it is not. Some 63% of independents said a review is “necessary.”


Regarding the LDP constitutional amendment proposal which includes the explicit statement of the existence of the Self-Defense Forces, more pollees were “opposed” to it being submitted to the extraordinary Diet session than were in favor, 42% to 36%. A high 61% of LDP supporters said they are “in favor,” but among Komeito supporters, those “opposed” exceeded those “in favor.”


Asked to select from a list of six policies the one they want to see the Abe administration focus on, some 30% of pollees selected “social security reform,” 17% said “economy and employment” while another 17% said “regional revitalization.” Some 15% said “fiscal reconstruction” and 10% said “diplomacy and security.” “Constitutional amendment” was the lowest rank option at 5%.


[Polling methodology: The survey was conducted on Oct. 13–14 on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis of voters nationwide with telephone calls placed by pollsters to landline and mobile phone numbers (for landlines, some districts in Fukushima Prefecture were excluded). Valid responses were received from a total of 1,937 persons, including 965 persons (out of 2,040 households found to have one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 972 persons (out of the 2,021 persons found to be eligible voters) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 47% for landline numbers and 48% for mobile numbers.]


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