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Opinion poll & results from Mainichi Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

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

 

Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aims to amend the Constitution of Japan during his time in office. Are you in favor of or opposed to revising the Constitution during the Abe administration?

 

 

T

M

F

In favor

31

34

29

Opposed

48

50

46

 

Q: Regarding the Self-Defense Forces (SDF), the Liberal Democratic Party drew up a constitutional amendment proposal [in 2018] to leave paragraphs 1 and 2 of Article 9 untouched while newly creating Article 9-2 that would specify the existence of the SDF and stipulate that the provisions of the preceding article “do not preclude the State from taking necessary self-defense measures.” Some experts say that specifying the status of the SDF could lead to allowing Japan to fully exercise the right to collective self-defense. Are you in favor of or opposed to the LDP revision proposal?

 

 

T

M

F

In favor

27

35

17

Opposed

28

31

24

Unsure

32

22

43

 

Q: What are you views on the “emperor as the symbol of the State” system as defined in the current Constitution of Japan?

 

 

T

M

F

The authorities and powers of the emperor should be increased

4

4

4

The current “emperor as the symbol of the State” system is fine as is

74

75

73

The “emperor as the symbol of the State” system should be abolished

7

9

5

 

(Note) Figures rounded off. “No answer” omitted.

 

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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