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OPINION POLLS

Kyodo News spot opinion poll & results from Tokyo Shimbun

  • May 3, 2019
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures in parentheses are the results of the spot survey conducted from the afternoon of April 1 through April 2.)

 

Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

51.9

(52.8)

No

31.3

(32.4)

Don’t know (D/K) + No answer (N/A)

16.8

(14.8)

 

Q2: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the previous question) What is the primary reason for your approval of the Abe cabinet?

 

The prime minister is trustworthy

8.9

(10.3)

Because it’s a coalition cabinet of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and Komeito

9.4

(8.3)

The prime minister has leadership ability

9.8

(11.3)

Something can be expected of its economic policies

11.0

(10.6)

Something can be expected of its foreign policy

12.5

(13.9)

There’s no other appropriate person [for prime minister]

47.2

(44.3)

Other answers (O/A)

0.6

(0.3)

D/K+N/A

0.6

(1.0)

 

Q3: (Only for those who answered “no” to the first question) What is the primary reason for your disapproval of the Abe cabinet?

 

The prime minister is untrustworthy

30.5

(30.4)

Because it’s a coalition cabinet of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and Komeito

6.5

(8.2)

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

2.4

(5.2)

Nothing can be expected of its economic policies

32.6

(29.0)

Nothing can be expected of its foreign policy

7.8

(6.8)

Don’t think the prime minister is appropriate for the position

16.4

(14.5)

O/A

1.4

(4.3)

D/K+N/A

2.4

(1.6)

 

Q4: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

40.9

(43.0)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

7.8

 (7.9)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

0.9

 (1.6)

Komeito (Komeito)

4.2

(3.5)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2.3

(2.7)

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

4.3

(3.5)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0.1

(0.2)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.3

(1.4)

Other political parties, groups

0.2

(–)

None of the above (NOTA)

37.6

 (33.9)

D/K+N/A

1.4

(2.0)

 

Q5: A new emperor has ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne. Do you feel affection for the newly enthroned Emperor Naruhito?

 

Yes

82.5

 

No

11.3

 

D/K+N/A

6.2

 

 

Q6: What activities would you like to see the new emperor focus on? Select up to two responses.

 

“Acts in matters of state” stipulated in the Constitution of Japan

17.4

 

Memorial services for the war dead

9.7

 

Visits to support victims of natural disasters

34.0

 

Encouragement of socially vulnerable people

33.0

 

Visits to regional areas of Japan

16.4

 

Goodwill among nations

35.1

 

Ritual ceremonies at the Imperial Palace

4.8

 

None in particular

11.6

 

O/A

1.6

 

D/K+N/A

1.0

 

 

Q7: What are your views on the emperor system?

 

The current system where the emperor is the symbol of the state is fine

80.9

 

The emperor should be given more political power

4.3

 

The emperor should be considered a sacred figure rather than a symbol

7.3

 

The emperor system should be abolished

4.8

 

O/A

0.4

 

D/K+N/A

2.3

 

 

Q8: Currently only males can ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne. Are you in favor of or opposed to allowing female emperors?

 

In favor

79.6

 

Opposed

13.3

 

D/K+N/A

7.1

 

 

Q9: What do you think about abdications by future emperors?

 

Abdication should be allowed

93.5

 

Abdication should not be allowed

3.5

 

D/K+N/A

3.0

 

 

Q10: What political party or political group do you intend to vote for in the proportional representation segment of the summer Upper House election?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

38.0

 

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

8.7

 

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1.7

 

Komeito (Komeito)

4.2

 

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

1.7

 

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

3.5

 

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

 

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.7

 

Other political parties, groups

0.1

 

D/K+N/A

41.4

 

 

Note: In questions where multiple responses were permitted, figures tally to over 100%. Figures are rounded off, and “–” denotes that no respondents gave that answer.

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis from the afternoon of May 1 through May 2 targeting voters across the nation. However, the survey excluded landline numbers in some areas of Fukushima Prefecture. The survey covered 743 randomly selected households with eligible voters nationwide [by landline phone], with responses collected from 516 people. A total of 1,238 people were accessed through their mobile phones, of which 518 responded.

 

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