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Opinion poll & results from Asahi Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures are rounded off. Some questions and answers have been omitted. All questions were asked of all respondents except for those questions indented and marked with a bullet, which are sub-questions. The figures given for sub-questions are percentages of the respondents in the given category. Bracketed figures denote percentages of all respondents. Parenthesized figures are the results of the survey taken on Dec. 15–16, 2018.)

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

43(40)

No

38(41)

 

  • Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the foregoing question) Why? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

The prime minister is Mr. Abe

11[5]

It’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

18[8]

Policies

15[7]

It seems better than the others

54[23]

 

  • Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the foregoing question) Why not? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

The prime minister is Mr. Abe

17[6]

It’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

21[8]

Policies

49[19]

The others seem better

9[3]

 

Q: Which political party do you support now? Please give the name of the party.

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

38(35)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

7(8)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

3(3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(3)

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

1(1)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0(0)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0(0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0(0)

Other political party

0(1)

None of the above (NOTA)

38(41)

No answer (N/A) + Don’t know (D/K)

9(7)

 

Q: An Upper House election will be held this summer. If you were to vote in the election now, which political party or which political party’s candidate would your cast your ballot for in the proportional representation segment? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

41

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (or Rikken Minshuto)

15

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

2

Komeito (Komeito)

5

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

5

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

4

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

2

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

1

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

Other political party

2

N/A + D/K

22

 

Q: Do you think it would be best if the ruling parties and those amenable to constitutional amendment were to hold two-thirds or more of the seats in the Upper House as a result of the Upper House election?

 

Yes

39

No

39

 

Q: Do you think it would be best if the CDPJ, DPFP, and those of a similar mind joined hands and fought together in next summer’s Upper House election to counter the LDP?

 

It would be best if they joined hands and fought together

50

That is not necessary

36

 

Q: What policy would you like to see be the greatest focus of debate in relation to the Upper House election? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Economy and jobs

15

Consumption tax hike

9

Social security, including healthcare and pensions

34

Support for childrearing

15

Diplomacy and security

13

Constitutional amendment

10

 

Q: Do you have tangible sense that the economy has improved under the Abe administration? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Very much

2

Somewhat

24

Not very much

48

Not much at all

24

 

Q: A total of over 20 million people were underpaid their employment insurance and other benefits because the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare used a faulty statistical method in its monthly labor statistics. Do you think it is a major problem that a faulty methodology was used in labor statistics?

 

Yes

82

No

13

 

Q: How do you think confidence in the statistical data released by the government has changed due to the scandal surrounding the faulty methodology used in labor statistics and the government’s response to the scandal?

 

Increased

3

Decreased

48

No change

44

 

Q: Are you optimistic that progress will be made toward the resolution of the Northern Territories issue under Prime Minister Abe?

 

Yes

57

No

37

 

Q: Russia is asking Japan to recognize Russia’s sovereignty over the four islands that make up the Northern Territories, saying it is an outcome of the Second World War. Can you accept this claim by the Russian side?

 

Yes

8

No

80

 

Q: Regarding the Northern Territories issue, some say that Russia should hand over the islands of Shikotan and Habomai to Japan and that Japan and Russia should aim to jointly conduct economic activities on Kunashiri and Etorofu. Are you in favor of or opposed to this approach?

 

In favor

38

Opposed

40

 

Q: As part of the construction work for the relocation of the U.S. military’s Futenma Air Station to the Henoko district of Nago, the government continues to engage in earth-pouring operations to reclaim land along the coast amid opposition from Okinawa Prefecture. Are you in favor of or opposed to the continuation of the earth-pouring operations?

 

In favor

28

Opposed

58

 

Q: Do you approve of the Abe administration’s stance toward South Korea in light of Japan-South Korea ties recently, which have seen the requisitioned labor issue and the illumination of a fire-control radar on a Japan Self-Defense Forces plane?

 

Yes

38

No

48

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted on Jan. 19–20, 2019, 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 1,889 persons, including 922 persons (out of 1,930 households found to have one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 967 persons (out of the 2,019 persons found to be eligible voters) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 48% for landline numbers and 48% for mobile numbers.

 

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