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Opinion poll & results from Nikkei Digital

 

Questions & answers (%)

 

Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

53(47)

No

37(44)

Not sure + Don’t know

 10(9)

 

  • Q1SQ1: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the foregoing question) Why? [Select as many responses as you would like from the eight options below.]

 

It is a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

23(21)

It has good policies

14(10)

It has an international outlook

32(34)

It has leadership ability

22(25)

It offers a sense of stability

46(44)

The prime minister is trustworthy

16(16)

It is clean

6(6)

It administers the government and the political party well

9(11)

Other

4(2)

Not sure + Don’t know

3(6)

 

  • Q1SQ2: (Only for those who answered “no” to the foregoing question) Why not? [Select as many responses as you would like from the eight options below.]

 

It is a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

40(41)

It has bad policies

32(33)

It does not have an international outlook

17(10)

It does not have leadership ability

17(10)

It does not offer a sense of stability

15(13)

The prime minister is untrustworthy

42(41)

It is not clean

17(17)

It administers the government and the political party poorly

34(35)

Other

2(1)

Not sure + Don’t know

5(7)

 

Q2: Which political party do you support now? Please name only one.

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

43(38)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

9(9)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

 4(4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4(4)

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

2(2)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

 0(0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

 1(1)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0(0)

Other political party

 0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

33(37)

Not sure + Don’t know

4(3)

 

Q3: Which political party do you want to vote for in the Upper House election this summer or which political party has candidates you would like to vote for? Please name only one.

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

41

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

12

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1

Komeito (Komeito)

5

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4

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

2

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

1

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0

Other political party

1

Have not yet decided

20

Not sure + Don’t know

13

 

Q4: Some say that the Lower House will be dissolved to coincide with this summer’s Upper House election and a double election held. Are you in favor of or opposed to a double election?

 

In favor

46

Opposed

29

Can’t say either way

14

Not sure + Don’t know

11

 

Q5: What kind of policies do you hope Prime Minister Abe will focus on? Select as many as you would like from the following seven.

 

Economic recovery

42(40)

Financial reconstruction

31(28)

Improvement of social security

48(46)

Enhancement of education

30(30)

Diplomacy and security

34(26)

Constitutional amendment

11(10)

Political and administrative reform

17(16)

Other

1(1)

Not sure + Don’t know

6(8)

 

Q6: Prime Minister Abe has agreed to move forward with peace treaty negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Do you think progress will be made on the Northern Territories issue during Prime Minister Abe’s tenure?

 

Yes

18(19)

No

76(74)

Can’t say either way

2(1)

Not sure + Don’t know

5(6)

 

Q7: How do you think the issue of the Northern Territories should be settled?

 

All four islands should be returned together

27

The two islands of Habomai and Shikotan should be returned first

41

Only the two islands of Habomai and Shikotan should be returned

11

Japan should not seek to have the islands returned

10

Other

0

Not sure + Don’t know

11

 

Q8: What are your views on concluding a peace treaty with Russia before the Northern Territories issue is settled?

 

A peace treaty should not be concluded before the territorial issue is settled

46

It is okay to conclude a peace treaty before the territorial issue is settled

42

Can’t say either way

3

Not sure + Don’t know

9

 

Q9: It has been revealed that the Ministry of Health Labor and Welfare has been using faulty statistical methods in its “Monthly Labor Survey.” Do you trust statistics released by the government?

 

Yes

14

No

79

Can’t say either way

3

Not sure + Don’t know

4

 

Q10: The Japanese government has lodged a protest with South Korea over an incident where a Maritime Self-Defense Force plane was illuminated by a fire-control radar of a South Korean warship. How do you think the Japanese government should handle the issue?

 

It should take a stronger approach

62

It should take a wait-and-see approach

24

It should be more receptive to South Korea’s claims

7

Other

1

Not sure + Don’t know

6

 

Q11: Prime Minister Abe has decided to announce the new era name on April 1, one month prior to new Emperor’s ascension to the throne when the name will start to be used. Do you approve of this?

 

Yes

69

No

21

Can’t say either way

5

Not sure + Don’t know

5

 

Polling methodology: The poll was conducted on Jan 25–27 [by Nikkei Research Inc. via random-digit dialing (RDD) to both landlines and mobile phones. It drew 990 responses from those 18 and older, for a response rate of 44.4%]. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the previous poll conducted on Dec. 14–16. Figures are rounded off. In some cases, the total percentage may not add up to 100%. Regarding the cabinet support rate, a follow-up question was posed to respondents who answered “not sure” or “don’t know”: “Which is closer to your view?” Regarding political party support, a follow-up question was posed to pollees who responded “not sure,” “don’t know,” or “none of the above”: “If you had to say, which political party do you feel positively about?” The responses to the follow-up questions were added to the responses to the initial questions.

 

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