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Opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

  • April 29, 2019
  • , Yomiuri , p. 14
  • JMH Translation

Questions & answers (%)

Asterisks indicate that the choices were read aloud to the respondent. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the [spot] survey conducted April 1–2.

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

54(53)

No

31(32)

Other answers (O/A)

3(3)

No answer (N/A)

11(11)

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the foregoing question) Select only one from among the following six reasons for your approval of the Abe cabinet.*

 

Something can be expected of its policy measures

14

The prime minister has leadership ability

13

The prime minister is trustworthy

7

The cabinet’s lineup is good

2

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

16

Because it’s better than its predecessors

44

O/A

1

N/A

4

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the foregoing question) Select only one from among the following six reasons for your disapproval of the Abe cabinet.*

 

Nothing can be expected of its policy measures

18

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

6

The prime minister is untrustworthy

43

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

10

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

17

Because its predecessors were better

4

O/A

0

N/A

2

 

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

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

40(38)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

4(3)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

 3(4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(3)

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

4(2)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

 –(0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

 0(0)

O/A

 0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

40(42)

N/A

5(5)

 

Q: The consumption tax rate is scheduled to be raised from 8% to 10% in October this year. Are you in favor of or opposed to raising the consumption tax to 10% as scheduled?

 

In favor

45

Opposed

48

N/A

7

 

Q: If the tax hike were to be postponed, do you think Prime Minister Abe needs to dissolve the Lower House and seek the will of the people?

 

Yes

45

No

45

N/A

10

 

Q: Which political party’s candidates or which political party do you think you will vote for in the proportional representation segment of the Upper House election this summer? Select only one from among the following.*

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

41

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

11

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

2

Komeito (Komeito)

4

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4

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

7

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

1

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

O/A

0

Undecided

19

N/A

11

 

Q: Do you think it would be good if the ruling parties of the LDP and Komeito continued to hold a majority of the seats in the Upper House as a result of the election?

 

Yes

48

No

39

N/A

13

 

Q: Do you think it would be good if the opposition parties, including the CDPJ, fielded joint candidates as much as possible in the local constituency segment of the Upper House election?

 

It would be good if they fielded joint candidates

48

There is no need for them to field joint candidates

32

N/A

20

 

Q: In the Lower House by-elections in Osaka Constituency No. 12 and Okinawa Constituency No. 3 held this month, the LDP-backed candidate lost in both cases. How much of an impact do you think this will have on the summer Upper House election? Please select one from the following four.*

 

Major impact

10

Some impact

55

Not much impact

23

No impact at all

6

N/A

6

 

Q: Do you think it would be okay to hold a Lower House election on the same day as this summer’s Upper House election?

 

Yes

43

No

42

N/A

15

 

Q: Do you think that Japan will head in a positive or negative direction overall in the Reiwa era, which will start on May 1?

 

Positive direction

58

Negative direction

17

N/A

25

 

Q: With the ascension of the new emperor to the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1, Golden Week will last for 10 days from April 27 through May 6 this year only. Do you think this is good?

 

Yes

36

No

50

N/A

14

 

Q: There have repeatedly been auto accidents caused by elderly drivers. Do you think additional restrictions should be placed on driving by elderly drivers?

 

Yes

82

No

11

N/A

7

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on April 26–28 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 1,053 persons, including 536 persons (out of the 923 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 517 persons (out of the 1,216 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 58% for landline numbers and 43% 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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