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OPINION POLLS

Opinion poll & results from Mainichi Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(T = total; P = previous; M = male; F = female)

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

41

(39)

41

40

No

37

(41)

39

34

Not interested

21

(19)

18

23

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the above question) Why?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Because the prime minister is from the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan

11

(11)

12

9

Because I think highly of Abe

15

(22)

17

12

Because something can be expected of the prime minister’s policies

19

(14)

21

18

Because there are no other good people or political parties

52

(51)

48

57

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the above question) Why?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Because the prime minister is from the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan

4

(3)

3

6

Because I don’t think highly of Abe

40

(42)

46

32

Because nothing can be expected of the prime minister’s policies

42

(42)

39

47

Because other people and political parties are better

10

(10)

8

11

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

30

(32)

33

26

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

8

(9)

9

7

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1

(0)

1

1

Komeito (Komeito)

4

(5)

3

6

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4

(4)

5

3

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

3

(2)

4

3

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0

(1)

1

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

(0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

(1)

0

1

Other political groups

2

(0)

2

1

None of the above (NOTA)

42

(39)

38

46

 

Q: “Reiwa” has been selected as the name of the new era. Do you like the name?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

65

 

63

69

No

10

 

11

9

Not interested

17

 

20

14

 

Q: To date, the custom has been to select the era name from a Chinese classic. “Reiwa,” however, was selected from Japan’s Manyoshu. Do you approve of the fact that the era name was selected from a Japanese classic for the first time?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

63

 

60

66

No

5

 

7

3

Don’t know

24

 

27

21

 

Q: Will you mainly use the era name (for example, “Reiwa 1”) or will you mainly use the Gregorian calendar (for example, 2019) to express the year?  

 

 

T

P

M

F

Era name  

18

 

19

17

Gregorian calendar

27

 

30

25

Half of the time each

45

 

43

49

 

Q: Proposals for the era name were presented to experts, and a decision on the era name was made by the cabinet about two hours later. Some say that the opinions of the people should have been incorporated into the selection by, for example, presenting the proposals for the era name in advance to the people. What are your views on how an era name should be decided?

 

 

T

P

M

F

The opinion of the people should be incorporated in the selection

26

 

27

24

The current method is fine

63

 

63

62

 

Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in effect dismissed Minister for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Yoshitaka Sakurada for saying a “Diet member is more important than reconstruction from the Tohoku disaster.” Former State Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ichiro Tsukada has just resigned after making an inappropriate comment that he did an unrequested favor [to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso]. Do you think the long-term administration is showing signs of arrogance and laxness?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes  

61

 

60

61

No

21

 

25

16

 

Q: An Upper House election will be held this summer. If you were to vote now, which political party would you cast your ballot for in the proportional representation segment of the election?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

27

(33)

31

23

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

13

(13)

15

10

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1

(1)

1

0

Komeito (Komeito)

5

(5)

4

5

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

5

(6)

5

4

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

5

(3)

5

6

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0

(1)

0

0

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0

(0)

0

0

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

(1)

0

1

Other political groups

8

(8)

7

8

 

(Note) Figures rounded off. “0” indicates that the figure was below 0.5%, and “–” denotes that no respondents gave that answer. “No answer” omitted. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the previous survey conducted March 16–17, 2019.

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by pollsters over the two-day period of April 13–14, targeting landline and mobile telephone numbers across the nation on a computer-aided random digit sampling (RDS) basis. The survey excluded landline numbers in municipalities designated as “difficult-to-return” zones due to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. Valid responses were received from 501 persons (out of the 845 households with one or more persons age 18 or over) for landline numbers and 555 persons (out of the 672 persons age 18 or over who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 59% for landline numbers and 83% for mobile numbers.

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