By Satoru Iwashima, Poll Office
The nationwide public opinion poll conducted on April 13–14 by the Mainichi Shimbun probed views on the Abe administration in light of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s effectively dismissing former Minister for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Yoshitaka Sakurada and former State Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ichiro Tsukada. A total of 61% of respondents said that the Abe administration is showing signs of arrogance and laxness as it has been in office a long time, surpassing the 21% who did not believe that was the case.
Even among LDP supporters, 50% thought that the incidents revealed pride, exceeding the 37% who thought otherwise. Meanwhile, 63% of independents thought the recent incidents reveal arrogance while 16% thought otherwise.
The cabinet support rate was 41%, up 2 percentage points from the previous poll conducted on March 16–17. The nonsupport rate was down 4 points to 37%. The support rate has exceeded the nonsupport rate since November last year.
Asked which political party they would cast their ballot for in the proportional representation segment of the Upper House election this summer if they were to vote now, respondents replied as follows: Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), 27%; Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ), 13%; Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party), 5%; Japanese Communist Party (JCP), 5%; Komeito, 5%. Many voters have not yet decided what political party they will back in the election, as 36% of respondents did not answer the question. Some 8% of pollees said “other political groups.”
The political party support rates were as follows: LDP, 30%; CDPJ, 8%; Komeito; 4%; JCP, 4%; Nippon Ishin, 3%; Democratic Party for the People, 1%; Social Democratic Party, 1%. Some 42% said they are independents.
[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.]