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Opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

Questionnaire is slightly abridged.

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

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the previous survey conducted Oct. 2–3.

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

49(50)

No

41(39)

Other answers (O/A)

4(2)

No answer (N/A)

6(10)

 

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

15

The prime minister has leadership ability

12

The prime minister is trustworthy

10

The cabinet’s lineup is good

1

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

19

Because it’s better than its predecessors

39

O/A

0

N/A

2

 

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

22

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

5

The prime minister is untrustworthy

45

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

9

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

14

Because its predecessors were better

2

O/A

N/A

4

 

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

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

37(43)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

5(5)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1(0)

Komeito (Komeito)

 3(3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2(2)

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

1(1)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0(0)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

 –(–)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

 0(0)

O/A

 0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

46(42)

N/A

2(2)

 

Q: Regarding explicitly stating the existence of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) in the Constitution, the LDP is considering a proposal to add a provision stipulating the grounds for the SDF to Article 9 while retaining paragraph 2 of that article, which states that Japan will never again maintain war potential. Are you in favor of or opposed to this proposal?

 

In favor

42

Opposed

40

N/A

18

 

Q: Prime Minister Abe plans to submit the LDP’s proposal of constitutional amendments to the current Diet session. Are you in favor of or opposed to Abe’s plan?

 

In favor

40

Opposed

47

N/A

13

 

Q: The consumption tax is scheduled to be raised from 8% to 10% in October next year. Are you in favor of or opposed to raising the tax to 10% as scheduled?

 

In favor

43

Opposed

51

N/A

6

 

Q: When the consumption tax is raised to 10%, the government plans to implement economic countermeasures to prevent a decline in consumption after the tax hike. Are you optimistic about these economic countermeasures?

 

Yes

33

No

60

N/A

7

 

Q: Are you concerned that raising the consumption tax to 10% will have a negative impact on the economy? Select one from the following four.*

 

Very concerned

26

Somewhat concerned

53

Not very concerned

16

Not concerned at all

3

N/A

1

 

Q: To date, only foreigners with specialized skills, such as doctors and researchers, have been accepted as foreign workers in Japan. The government plans to submit to the current Diet session a bill to expand the range of foreign workers to include those engaged in unskilled labor. Are you in favor of or opposed to expanding the types of foreign workers accepted?

 

In favor

51

Opposed

39

N/A

10

 

Q: Are you in favor of or opposed to accepting “immigrants,” foreigners who immigrate to Japan with the premise of living here permanently, in the future?

 

In favor

43

Opposed

44

N/A

13

 

Q: So that older persons can continue to work if they so desire, the government plans to raise the age until which companies guarantee continued employment from the current 65 to 70. Are you in favor of or opposed to this plan?

 

In favor

70

Opposed

24

N/A

7

 

Q: Prime Minister Abe paid a state visit to China, the first time in seven years for a Japanese prime minister, and had a summit meeting with President Xi Jinping. Do you approve of Prime Minister Abe’s China policy?

 

Yes

61

No

24

N/A

15

 

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

39

The matter should be considered with caution

56

N/A

5

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on Oct. 26–28 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 1,083 persons, including 538 persons (out of the 885 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 545 persons (out of the 1,163 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 61% 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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