print PRINT

POLITICS

Kyodo News opinion poll & results from Tokyo Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures in parentheses are the results of the last survey conducted Nov. 3–4.)

 

Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

42.4

(47.3)

No

44.1

(39.5)

Don’t know (D/K) + No answer (N/A)

13.5

(13.2)

 

Q2: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the previous question) What is the primary reason for your approval of the Abe cabinet?

 

The prime minister is trustworthy

13.5

(7.8)

Because it’s a coalition cabinet of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and Komeito

9.6

(10.1)

The prime minister has leadership ability

9.8

(10.3)

Something can be expected of its economic policies

9.4

(16.3)

Something can be expected of its foreign policy

14.1

(13.4)

There’s no other appropriate person [for prime minister]

42.8

(41.4)

Other answers (O/A)

0.5

(0.1)

D/K+N/A

0.3

(0.6)

 

Q3: (Only for those who answered “no” to the first question) What is the primary reason for your disapproval of the Abe cabinet?

 

The prime minister is untrustworthy

39.4

(40.3)

Because it’s a coalition cabinet of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and Komeito

6.8

(6.7)

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

5.1

(3.1)

Nothing can be expected of its economic policies

22.5

(24.2)

Nothing can be expected of its foreign policy

8.4

(5.8)

Don’t think the prime minister is appropriate for the position

14.4

(15.6)

O/A

3.0

(3.5)

D/K+N/A

0.4

(0.8)

 

Q4: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

38.6

(45.2)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

11.5

 (9.1)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1.4

(1.3)

Komeito (Komeito)

3.8

(5.3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3.4

(3.6)

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

1.4

(1.9)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0.8

(0.8)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0.2

(0.3)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.5

(0.8)

Other political parties, groups

0.1

(–)

None of the above (NOTA)

36.1

(30.2)

D/K+N/A

2.2

(1.5)

 

Q5: The government and ruling parties had a bill to revise the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act passed during the extraordinary Diet session, which closed on Dec. 10. The revised law increases the number of foreign workers accepted in Japan. The opposition parties insisted that the matter had not been deliberated enough, but the ruling parties rushed to pass the bill so that the bill will come into force in April. Do you approve of the fact that they had this bill passed at the recent Diet session?

 

Yes

24.8

 

No

65.8

 

D/K+N/A

9.4

 

 

Q6: Are you in favor of or opposed to accepting more foreign workers in Japan?

 

In favor

56.6

 

Opposed

35.3

 

D/K+N/A

8.1

 

 

Q7: In November, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and agreed to accelerate negotiations to conclude a peace treaty based on the Japanese-Soviet Joint Declaration of 1956. This treaty clearly states that Habomai and Shikotan, two of the Northern Territories, will be handed over [to Japan] after a peace treaty has been concluded. How do you think the Northern Territories should be settled?

 

All four islands should be returned at one time

28.6

 

Two islands should be returned first and consultations continued regarding the remaining two

53.2

 

It is okay if only two islands are returned

7.3

 

Japan should not seek the return of the four islands

4.2

 

O/A

0.7

 

D/K+N/A

6.0

 

 

Q8: Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki is opposed to the relocation of the U.S. military’s Futenma Air Station to the Henoko district of Nago, but the government has started earth pouring operations to reclaim land with the idea of moving forward with the project. Do you support the government’s stance of promoting relocation?

 

Yes

35.3

 

No

56.5

 

D/K+N/A

8.2

 

 

Q9: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to raise the consumption tax from the current 8% to 10% in October next year. Are you in favor of or opposed to this plan?

 

In favor

46.3

(46.4)

Opposed

49.8

(50.8)

D/K+N/A

3.9

(2.8)

 

Q10: When it raises the consumption tax to 10%, the government will implement for a limited time a countermeasure whereby consumers will be offered reward points worth up to 5% of their purchase when they pay by credit card or other cashless methods at small and medium-sized businesses. Are you in favor of or opposed to this government countermeasure?

 

In favor

31.9

 

Opposed

62.1

 

D/K+N/A

6.0

 

 

Q11: The government plan to upgrade some of the Maritime Self-Defense Force escort ships so that they can carry fighter planes. The government says the aim is to enhance Japan’s air defense capabilities in the Pacific. On the other hand, there are concerns that this is contrary to the traditional stance that the possession of “attack aircraft carriers” is not permitted under the Constitution. Are you in favor of or opposed to upgrading these escort ships?

 

In favor

43.3

 

Opposed

45.2

 

D/K+N/A

11.5

 

 

Q12: Prime Minister Abe plans to try to revise the Constitution of Japan, including Article 9, and to bring the revised Supreme Law into effect in 2020. Are you in favor of or opposed to the Prime Minister’s plan?

 

In favor

37.6

 

Opposed

52.8

 

D/K+N/A

9.6

 

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis from Dec. 15–16 targeting voters across the nation. However, the survey excluded landline numbers in some areas of Fukushima Prefecture. The survey covered 746 randomly selected households with eligible voters nationwide [by landline numbers], with responses collected from 523 people. A total of 1,133 people were accessed through their mobile phones, of which 512 responded.

  • Ambassador
  • Ukraine
  • OPINION POLLS
  • COVID-19
  • Trending Japan