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Opinion poll & results from Nikkei Digital

Questions & answers (%)

 

Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

51(53)

No

42(37)

Not sure + Don’t know

 7(10)

 

  • 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

22(23)

It has good policies

11(14)

It has an international outlook

30(32)

It has leadership ability

21(22)

It offers a sense of stability

41(46)

The prime minister is trustworthy

15(16)

It is clean

3(6)

It administers the government and the political party well

8(9)

Other

6(4)

Not sure + Don’t know

5(3)

 

  • 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

39(40)

It has bad policies

31(32)

It does not have an international outlook

11(17)

It does not have leadership ability

13(17)

It does not offer a sense of stability

15(15)

The prime minister is untrustworthy

41(42)

It is not clean

16(17)

It administers the government and the political party poorly

31(34)

Other

1(2)

Not sure + Don’t know

3(5)

 

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

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

42(43)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

9(9)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

 1(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

 3(4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

 4(4)

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

 1(2)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

 0(0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

 0(1)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0(0)

Other political party

 0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

33(33)

Not sure + Don’t know

6(4)

 

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)

43(41)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

15(12)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

2(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

5(5)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4(4)

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

3(2)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

1(1)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

2(1)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0(0)

Other political party

0(1)

Have not yet decided

17(20)

Not sure + Don’t know

8(13)

 

Q4: Do you think that the opposition parties should field joint candidates in this summer’s Upper House election?

 

Yes

57

No

25

Can’t say either way

4

Not sure + Don’t know

13

 

Q5: Do you think that it would be good if the ruling parties of the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito were to retain a majority in the Upper House as a result of the election?

 

Yes

49

No

39

Can’t say either way

3

Not sure + Don’t know

8

 

Q6: A concurring vote of two-thirds or more of all the members in each House is required to amend the Constitution. Do you think it would be good if those amenable to constitutional amendment were to hold two-thirds or more of the seats in the Upper House as a result of the summer election?

 

Yes

47

No

38

Can’t say either way

3

Not sure + Don’t know

12

 

Q7: 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

40(42)

Financial reconstruction

30(31)

Improvement of social security

47(48)

Enhancement of education

36(30)

Diplomacy and security

32(34)

Constitutional amendment

10(11)

Political and administrative reform

16(17)

Other

0(1)

Not sure + Don’t know

7(6)

 

Q8: In regard to the scandal over the faulty “Monthly Labor Survey” data issued by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW), the government has said that there was “no systematic cover-up.” Are you persuaded by the government’s explanations?

 

Yes

14

No

76

Can’t say either way

2

Not sure + Don’t know

8

 

Q9: Who do you think is most responsible for the faulty “Monthly Labor Survey” data?

 

MHLW bureaucrats

31

Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare Takumi Nemoto

3

Past Ministers of Health, Labor and Welfare

34

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

16

Other

1

Not sure + Don’t know

14

 

Q10: The government says that the economic recovery that started in December 2012 “may be the longest in postwar history.” Do you have a tangible sense of economic recovery?

 

Yes

16

No

78

Can’t say either way

2

Not sure + Don’t know

4

 

Q11: In regard to the lawsuits lodged by former requisitioned workers [against certain Japanese companies], the South Korean Supreme Court has ordered the companies to pay compensation. The Japanese government plans to request arbitration by a third party. Do you approve of the Japanese government’s handling of the issue?

 

Yes

64

No

23

Can’t say either way

2

Not sure + Don’t know

12

 

Polling methodology: The poll was conducted on Feb. 15–17 [by Nikkei Research Inc. via random-digit dialing (RDD) to both landlines and mobile phones. It drew 988 responses from those 18 and older, for a response rate of 45.8%]. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the previous poll conducted on Jan 25–27. 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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