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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. 26–28.

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

53(49)

No

36(41)

Other answers (O/A)

4(4)

No answer (N/A)

7(6)

 

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

17

The prime minister has leadership ability

16

The prime minister is trustworthy

9

The cabinet’s lineup is good

1

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

15

Because it’s better than its predecessors

38

O/A

0

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

22

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

4

The prime minister is untrustworthy

36

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

13

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

18

Because its predecessors were better

2

O/A

0

N/A

4

 

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

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

41(37)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

7(5)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

0(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

 4(3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2(2)

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

1(1)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

–(0)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

 –(–)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

 0(0)

O/A

 0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

42(46)

N/A

3(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

44

Opposed

37

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

38

Opposed

47

N/A

15

 

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

44

Opposed

51

N/A

5

 

Q: The government is considering implementing for a limited time when it raises the consumption tax rate to 10% a policy whereby consumers would be offered reward points worth 5% of their purchase when they pay by credit card or other noncash means at small and medium-sized shops. Are you in favor of or opposed to this plan to offer reward points?

 

In favor

29

Opposed

62

N/A

9

 

Q: The government is considering issuing “premium gift certificates” to low-income households and households raising children aged two or younger when it raises the consumption tax rate to 10%. Holders of a premium gift certificate can purchase items that are higher in price than the nominal value of the certificate. Are you in favor of or opposed to this?

 

In favor

48

Opposed

44

N/A

8

 

Q: To date, only foreigners with specialized skills, such as doctors and researchers, have been accepted as foreign workers in Japan. The government has submitted 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

48

Opposed

42

N/A

10

 

Q: The government aims to have a bill to expand the range of foreign workers accepted in Japan passed during the current Diet session and to launch the new system from April next year. Select the item below that is closest to your view on this bill.*

 

The bill should be passed during the current Diet session

9

The bill should be discussed without setting a deadline for it to be passed during the current Diet session

73

The bill should be scrapped

14

N/A

4

 

Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a summit meeting and agreed to accelerate negotiations for a peace treaty based on the Japanese-Soviet Joint Declaration, which states that Habomai and Shikotan, two of the four islands that comprise the Northern Territories, will be handed over after a peace treaty is concluded. Do you approve of this?

 

Yes

64

No

25

N/A

10

 

Q: What approach do you think the government should take in relation to the negotiations with Russia toward the reversion of the Northern Territories? Select only one item from the below.*

 

Have Russia return all four islands at one time

25

Have Russia return two islands first and continue consultations regarding the remaining two islands

58

Close the issue after the two islands are returned

11

N/A

5

 

Q: Do you think the Northern Territories issue will head toward resolution going forward?

 

Yes

27

No

62

N/A

11

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on Nov. 23–25 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 1,052 persons, including 535 persons (out of the 920 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 517 persons (out of the 1,172 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 58% for landline numbers and 44% 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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