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OPINION POLLS

Spot opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

  • April 3, 2019
  • , Yomiuri , p. 10
  • JMH Translation

Questions & answers (%)

Figures in parentheses denote the results of the previous survey conducted March 22–24.

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

53(50)

No

32(35)

Other answers (O/A)

3(6)

No answer (N/A)

11(9)

 

Q: Which political party do you support now? Select only one.

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

38(38)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

3(4)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1(0)

Komeito (Komeito)

 4(4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(2)

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

2(1)

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0(0)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

 0(–)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

 0(1)

O/A

 0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

42(44)

N/A

5(6)

 

Q: “Reiwa” has been selected as the new era name to be used from May 1. Do you think the new era name has a good feel to it or do you think it will be hard to get used to?

 

Very good feel

33

Rather good feel

29

Hard to get used to

31

N/A

7

 

Q: The new era name of “Reiwa” includes the meaning of “culture coming into being and flourishing when people bring their hearts and minds together in a beautiful manner.” Do you think that this meaning is appropriate as the ideal for the Japanese people?

 

Yes

82

No

10

N/A

8

 

Q: Do you think the new era name of “Reiwa” is easy to write?

 

Yes

78

No

18

N/A

4

 

Q: Do you think the new era name of “Reiwa” is easy to read?

 

Yes

76

No

20

N/A

4

 

Q: To date, all era names whose source can be confirmed have come from Chinese classics. For the first time ever, the newly selected era name of “Reiwa” comes from a Japanese classic called the Manyoshu. Do you approve of the fact that the new era name comes from a Japanese classic?

 

Yes

88

No

5

N/A

7

 

Q: The era name will change to the new name from May. From that time, do you plan to use the Japanese era name as much as possible, to use the Gregorian calendar as much as possible, or to use both of them about the same amount in your daily life?

 

Japanese era name

22

Gregorian calendar

24

Both of them about the same amount

50

N/A

3

 

Q: The official documents handled by national and municipal government offices mainly use era names to write dates. Do you think era names, the Gregorian calendar, or both should be used in official documents?

 

Japanese era name should be used

33

Gregorian calendar should be used

26

Both should be used

36

N/A

5

 

Q: Do you think the era system should be continued or discontinued going forward?

 

Continued

82

Discontinued

11

N/A

7

 

Q: Do you think the character of Japanese society will change with the start of the new era on May 1 or do you think it will not change?

 

It will change

31

It will not change

64

N/A

5

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide spot survey was conducted from [the evening of] April 1 through April 2 on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis and targeted voters aged 18 or over with calls placed to landline and mobile phone numbers. Valid responses were received from a total of 1,073 persons, including 502 persons (out of the 936 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 571 persons (out of the 1,376 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 54% for landline numbers and 41% for mobile numbers.

 

Figures are rounded off. In some graphs and charts, the total percentage may not add up to 100%. “0” indicates that the figure was below 0.5%, and “–” denotes that no respondents gave that answer.

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