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OPINION POLLS

Opinion poll & results from Sankei Shimbun

Main Questions & Answers of the Sankei-FNN Joint Opinion Poll (%)

 

Q: Do you support Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet?

 

Yes

42.7

(43.9)

No

42.8

(42.9)

Other answers (O/A)

14.5

(13.2)

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

34.0

(35.2)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

9.6

(9.6)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

0.9

(0.8)

Komeito (Komeito)

4.6

(4.3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3.4

(4.1)

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

2.8

(2.8)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0.5

(0.1)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

(0.3)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.8

 (0.7)

Other political parties

1.4

(0.9)

None of the above (NOTA)

40.8

(39.3)

O/A

1.2

(1.9)

 

Q: Do you approve of the Abe administration on the following points?

 

Prime Minister Abe’s personal character

Yes

44.4

(51.2)

No

42.5

(40.8)

O/A

13.1

(8.0)

 

Prime Minister Abe’s leadership

Yes

46.7

(49.4)

No

41.6

(42.0)

O/A

11.7

(8.6)

 

Economic policy measures

Yes

27.6

(31.8)

No

57.0

(56.4)

O/A

15.4

(11.8)

 

Social security policy

Yes

27.5

(32.2)

No

53.2

(55.6)

O/A

19.3

(12.2)

 

Foreign and security policies

Yes

41.4

(44.6)

No

43.2

(44.2)

O/A

15.4

(11.2)

 

Q: A new era will commence on May 1, with the abdication of His Majesty the Emperor and the ascension to the throne of His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince.

 

Was the Heisei era good?

The Heisei era was good

60.1

 

The Heisei era cannot be called good

25.4

 

O/A

14.5

 

 

Are you hopeful that the next era will be better than Heisei?

Yes

66.7

 

No

26.1

 

O/A

7.2

 

 

Would you like to see the new era name selected from Japanese classics and literature or from Chinese classics?

Japanese classics and literature

63.5

 

Chinese classics

3.7

 

I have no strong wishes on this matter

31.8

 

O/A

1.0

 

 

Q: Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai has said that he supports a fourth term for Prime Minister Abe as party president. Are you in favor of or opposed to Prime Minister Abe continuing to serve after his third term ends in September 2021?

 

In favor

31.1

 

Opposed

59.3

 

O/A

9.6

 

 

Q: Is there a current Diet member who you think would be appropriate to serve as prime minister and who is capable of outperforming Prime Minister Abe?

 

Yes

21.3

 

No

68.4

 

O/A

10.3

 

 

Q: The government plans to raise the consumption tax rate from the current 8% to 10% in October. Are you in favor of or opposed to this policy?

 

In favor

41.0

 

Opposed

53.5

 

O/A

5.5

 

 

Q: This month the Cabinet Office downgraded Japan’s economic trends to “changed to a downturn.” In this regard, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga stated that the government has not changed its view that the economy is “recovering at a moderate pace.” Do you have a tangible sense of economic recovery? 

 

Yes

9.8

 

No

83.7

 

O/A

6.5

 

 

Q: With the consumption tax hike, the government plans to introduce countermeasures, including a program where consumers are offered reward points when they pay for purchases by credit card or other noncash means and a system where low-income earners and others are given premium gift certificates with which they can purchase items that are higher in price than the nominal value of the voucher. Do you think these measures are excessive, appropriate, or insufficient?

 

Excessive

34.9

 

Appropriate

22.8

 

Insufficient

28.7

 

O/A

13.6

 

 

Q: From April, Japan will accept more foreign workers in agriculture, construction, and other areas suffering a severe labor shortage.

 

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

In favor

58.0

 

Opposed

30.3

 

O/A

11.7

 

 

Do you have a tangible sense of a labor shortage?

Yes

59.9

 

No

32.5

 

O/A

7.6

 

 

Are you in favor of or opposed to foreign workers residing permanently in Japan?

In favor

51.3

 

Opposed

33.3

 

O/A

15.4

 

 

Are you concerned that public safety will deteriorate with the increase in foreign workers?

Yes

69.5

 

No

25.3

 

O/A

5.2

 

 

Q: The following two questions concern physical punishment by parents of their children.

 

Do you think it is possible to draw a clear line between abuse and discipline?

Yes

45.5

 

No

44.9

 

O/A

9.6

 

 

Do you think it would be better to prohibit physical punishment by parents of children by law?

Yes

55.9

 

No

31.3

 

O/A

12.8

 

 

Q: The Osaka governor and mayor resigned their posts in order to run for each other’s positions, with an eye to testing public backing for the “Osaka Metropolis Concept,” under which Osaka City would be discontinued and reorganized into special wards.

 

Do you support the decision to hold a double election in Osaka?

Yes

27.0

 

No

48.3

 

O/A

24.7

 

 

Do you support the “Osaka Metropolis Concept”?

Yes

31.8

 

No

39.9

 

O/A

28.3

 

 

Q: Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is in conflict with the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly, where the LDP holds the majority. With a Tokyo gubernatorial election due to be held next year, Nikai has announced that he supports the reelection of Koike

 

Do you support Tokyo Governor Koike?

Yes

43.5

 

No

36.2

 

O/A

20.3

 

 

Do you think the LDP should field a rival candidate in the Tokyo gubernatorial election?

Yes

46.6

 

No

29.4

 

O/A

24.0

 

 

(Note) Parenthesized figures denote the results of the previous survey conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network on Feb. 16–17, 2019. “O/A” for “other answers” denotes “don’t know,” “undecided,” etc.

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted until the calculated number of responses was obtained by placing telephone calls on a random digit dialing (RDD) basis adjusted to the gender and age composition of each survey area. A total of 1,000 men and women, aged 18 and over, across the nation were surveyed. [The survey was conducted on March 16–17, 2019.]

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