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OPINION POLLS

Kyodo News spot opinion poll & results from Tokyo Shimbun

  • April 3, 2019
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 6
  • JMH Translation
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Questions & answers (%)

(Figures in parentheses are the results of the last survey conducted March 9–10.)

 

Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

52.8

(43.3)

No

32.4

(40.9)

Don’t know (D/K) + No answer (N/A)

14.8

(15.8)

 

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

10.3

(7.4)

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

8.3

(11.1)

The prime minister has leadership ability

11.3

(8.4)

Something can be expected of its economic policies

10.6

(9.7)

Something can be expected of its foreign policy

13.9

(13.2)

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

44.3

(50.0)

Other answers (O/A)

0.3

(–)

D/K+N/A

1.0

(0.2)

 

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

30.4

(36.5)

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

8.2

(6.6)

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

5.2

(4.4)

Nothing can be expected of its economic policies

29.0

(27.4)

Nothing can be expected of its foreign policy

6.8

(8.8)

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

14.5

(13.4)

O/A

4.3

(2.6)

D/K+N/A

1.6

(0.3)

 

Q4: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

43.0

(38.3)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

7.9

 (10.5)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1.6

 (0.8)

Komeito (Komeito)

3.5

(4.3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2.7

(3.7)

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

3.5

(2.7)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0.3

(0.3)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0.2

(0.7)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1.4

(0.7)

Other political parties, groups

(0.2)

None of the above (NOTA)

33.9

 (35.2)

D/K+N/A

2.0

(2.6)

 

Q5: Japan’s new era name is “Reiwa.” Do you think the new era name has a good feel to it?

 

Yes

73.7

 

No

15.7

 

D/K+N/A

10.6

 

 

Q6: (Only for those who answered “yes” to Q5) Why do you think the era name has a good feel to it? Select up to two responses.

 

It feels familiar

21.2

 

It is appropriate for the new era

35.6

 

It reminds of Japanese tradition

28.2

 

It sounds good to the ear

35.5

 

The Chinese characters used to write it are good

21.8

 

It seems like it will also be easy for foreigners

5.7

 

O/A

2.7

 

D/K+N/A

2.3

 

 

Q7: (Only for those who answered “no” to Q5) Why do you think the era name does not have a good feel to it? Select up to two responses.

 

It does not feel familiar

33.7

 

It sounds outdated

10.5

 

It does not have gravity

4.4

 

It does not sound good to the ear

38.0

 

The Chinese characters used to write it are not good

42.1

 

The era system is not necessary

15.2

 

O/A

6.1

 

D/K+N/A

1.0

 

 

Q8: Which do you plan to mainly use in your daily life and work, the new era name of “Reiwa” or the Gregorian calendar?

 

New era name

18.8

 

Gregorian calendar

34.0

 

Both

45.1

 

D/K+N/A

2.1

 

 

Q9: To date, the practice has been to select the era name from a Chinese classic. The source of the new era name of “Reiwa” is Japan’s Manyoshu. Do you approve of the fact that a Japanese classic was used as the source?

 

Yes

84.6

 

No

7.5

 

D/K+N/A

7.9

 

 

Q10: According to the Liberal Democratic Party Constitution, the term limit for the party president is three consecutive terms. Are you in favor of or opposed to revising the LDP Constitution to make it possible for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to serve a fourth term?

 

In favor

32.9

 

Opposed

54.3

 

D/K+N/A

12.8

 

 

Note: In questions where multiple responses were permitted, figures tally to over 100%.

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis from the afternoon of April 1 through April 2 targeting voters across the nation. However, the survey excluded landline numbers in some areas of Fukushima Prefecture. The survey covered 745 randomly selected households with eligible voters nationwide [by landline phone], with responses collected from 521 people. A total of 1,232 people were accessed through their mobile phones, of which 519 responded.

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