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Opinion poll & results from Asahi Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures are rounded off. Some questions and answers have been omitted. Parenthesized figures are the results of the survey taken on April 13–14, 2019.)

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

45(44)

No

32(32)

 

Q: Which political party do you support now? Please give the name of the party.

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

34(35)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

5(7)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

4(3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2(3)

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

3(2)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0(0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0(1)

Other political party

2(1)

None of the above (NOTA)

37(38)

No answer (N/A) + Don’t know (D/K)

12(9)

 

Q: The House of Councilors will hold an election this summer. If you were to vote now, which political party or which political party’s candidate would you vote for in the proportional representation segment?

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

37(39)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

12(13)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

3(2)

Komeito (Komeito)

6(5)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

5(6)

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

7(7)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

1(0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1(1)

Other political party

2(2)

N/A + D/K

26(24)

 

Q: How closely are you following this summer’s Upper House election?

 

Very closely

17

Somewhat closely

44

Not very closely

29

Not closely at all

10

 

Q: Do you think it would be good if the ruling parties increased the number of seats they hold in the Upper House or if the opposition parties increased their seats or if the current balance did not change much with this summer’s Upper House election?

 

Ruling parties increase their number of seats

15

Opposition parties increase their number of seats

34

The current balance does not change much

38

 

Q: Do you want to see a major change in Japanese politics with the upcoming Upper House election?

 

Yes

47

No

43

 

Q: Are you optimistic about Shinzo Abe?

 

Yes

46

No

45

 

Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s term as LDP president is until September 2021. Who do you think would be appropriate to serve as the next LDP president?

 

Shigeru Ishiba

17

Fumio Kishida

4

Seiko Noda

4

Taro Kono

4

Yoshihide Suga

6

Shinjiro Koizumi

29

None of the people listed

26

 

Q: Regarding the return of the Northern Territories, Lower House member Hotaka Maruyama said to residents of the Northern Territories that “nothing will be accomplished unless we go to war,” and some in the Diet are calling for his resignation as a parliamentarian over this remark. Do you think Maruyama should resign?

 

Yes

69

No

19

 

Q: Are you in favor of or opposed to raising the consumption tax to 10% this October as scheduled?

 

In favor

39(35)

Opposed

54(55)

 

Q: How concerned are you that the consumption tax hike will have a negative impact on the economy?

 

Very concerned

28

Somewhat concerned

47

Not very concerned

18

Not at all concerned

4

 

Q: Do you have a tangible sense that the economy is deteriorating?

 

Yes

49

No

40

 

Q: Do you want to see the Tokyo Olympic or Paralympic Games?

 

I would like to watch events at the venue

12

I would like to watch events at the venue if possible

21

I would like to watch events on TV or the Internet

57

I do not want to watch the events

9

 

Q: If you were to see an event at the Tokyo Olympics at the venue, what event would you most like to see?

 

Track & field (including marathon)

12

Swimming

9

Gymnastics

8

Baseball or softball

8

Soccer

7

Judo

4

Tennis

3

Volleyball

3

Basketball

3

Table tennis

2

Badminton

1

Golf

1

Other event

4

There are no events that I would like to see

14

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted on May 18–19, 2019, on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis of voters nationwide with telephone calls placed by pollsters to landline and mobile phone numbers. Valid responses were received from a total of 1,906 persons, including 910 persons (out of 1,945 households found to have one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 996 persons (out of the 2,226 persons found to be eligible voters) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 47% for landline numbers and 45% for mobile numbers.

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