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Opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

Questionnaire is slightly abridged. Asterisks indicate that the choices were read aloud to the respondent. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted April 26–28.

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

55(54)

No

32(31)

Other answers (O/A)

3(3)

No answer (N/A)

9(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

41

O/A

2

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

22

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

4

The prime minister is untrustworthy

36

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

14

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

17

Because its predecessors were better

2

O/A

3

N/A

2

 

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

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

42(40)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

4(4)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

0(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

4(3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2(3)

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

3(4)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

 –(–)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

 0(0)

O/A

1(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

41(40)

N/A

3(5)

 

Q: Do you approve of the Abe cabinet’s economic policies?

 

Yes

41

No

43

N/A

16

 

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 the rate being raised to 10% as planned?

 

In favor

44

Opposed

51

N/A

5

 

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)

43

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

8

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1

Komeito (Komeito)

5

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3

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

21

N/A

9

 

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 Upper House election?

 

Yes

48

No

38

N/A

14

 

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

44

No

38

N/A

18

 

Q: With the ascension of the new Emperor to the Chrysanthemum Throne, there remain three male Imperial family members, who can succeed to the throne. Do you think it is necessary to revise the system to ensure stable succession?

 

Yes

67

No

23

N/A

10

 

Q: Most past emperors have been men, but there have also been some female emperors. Are you in favor of or opposed to revising the Imperial Household Law, which provides for imperial succession, to allow female emperors?

 

In favor

79

Opposed

13

N/A

7

 

Q: To date, imperial succession has been limited to emperors in the male line. Are you in favor of or opposed to allowing emperors to come from the female line?

 

In favor

62

Opposed

22

N/A

15

 

Q: Do you think the international community should place more importance on dialogue with North Korea or on pressure, including economic sanctions, to resolve the issue of North Korea’s nuclear weapon tests and missile launches?

 

Dialogue

47

Pressure

40

N/A

13

 

Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aims to hold a summit without preconditions with Workers’ Party of Korea Chairman Kim Jong Un. Are you in favor of or opposed to this idea of the Prime Minister?

 

In favor

52

Opposed

33

N/A

16

 

Q: Applications have started to be accepted for the lottery for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games tickets. Do you want to buy a ticket and go watch an event live?

 

Yes

32

No

64

N/A

4

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on May 17–19 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 1,063 persons, including 534 persons (out of the 934 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 529 persons (out of the 1,195 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 57% for landline numbers and 44% 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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