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Opinion poll & results from Mainichi Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

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

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

43

(41)

44

42

No

31

(37)

33

30

Not interested

23

(21)

21

24

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the above question) Why?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Because the prime minister is from the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan

11

(11)

11

11

Because I think highly of Abe

17

(15)

20

15

Because something can be expected of the prime minister’s policies

13

(19)

18

7

Because there are no other good people or political parties

54

(52)

47

62

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the above question) Why?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Because the prime minister is from the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan

4

(4)

4

3

Because I don’t think highly of Abe

37

(40)

41

32

Because nothing can be expected of the prime minister’s policies

46

(42)

41

53

Because other people and political parties are better

9

(10)

8

10

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

31

 

35

26

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

8

 

9

8

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1

 

1

1

Komeito (Komeito)

5

 

4

6

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3

 

3

2

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

4

 

5

2

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

 

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0

 

1

0

Other political groups

1

 

1

1

None of the above (NOTA)

39

 

35

44

 

Q: What feelings do you have toward the new Emperor, who ascended to the Chrysanthemum Throne this month?

 

 

T

P

M

F

I have a sense of awe

3

 

4

1

I feel reverence toward him

9

 

10

7

I feel an affinity with him

27

 

27

27

I have a favorable impression of him

34

 

29

39

I feel antipathy toward him

1

 

0

1

I have no particular feelings in relation to him

10

 

13

8

I have no interest in him

5

 

7

3

Other

3

 

3

3

 

Q: What feelings do you have toward the Emperor Emeritus, who abdicated the Chrysanthemum Throne last month?

 

 

T

P

M

F

I have a sense of awe

4

 

5

3

I feel reverence toward him

21

 

18

25

I feel an affinity with him

24

 

28

20

I have a favorable impression of him

28

 

25

31

I feel antipathy toward him

1

 

1

1

I have no particular feelings in relation to him

5

 

8

3

I have no interest in him

3

 

5

2

Other

4

 

3

5

 

Q: Then-Emperor Akihito’s retirement marked the first Imperial abdication in 202 years. As the Imperial House Law does not stipulate abdication by an emperor, the government enacted a special one-time law allowing for Emperor Akihito to abdicate. What kind of system do you think would be optimal going forward?

 

 

T

P

M

F

The system should be changed to allow abdication by future emperors

41

 

46

36

Abdication should not be allowed

1

 

2

1

Abdication should be decided on a case-by-case basis

43

 

39

48

 

 Q: Are you optimistic about the economy in the Reiwa Era, which has just started?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

37

 

36

37

No

40

 

43

38

 

Q: Applications have started to be received for the ticket lottery for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Do you want to buy tickets to watch the Tokyo Olympic or Paralympic Games live?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

26

 

28

24

No

58

 

59

58

 

Q: In the 2019 Diplomatic Bluebook, which is a compilation of Japan’s diplomatic activities over the past year, a statement regarding the Northern Territories which had been written to date, namely, “the four Northern Islands belong to Japan,” was omitted. The government has said that “Japan’s legal position has not changed.” Are you convinced by this explanation?  

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes  

17

 

19

14

No

58

 

61

55

 

Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has to date set denuclearization and progress on the abductions issue as requirements for meeting with Workers’ Party of Korea Chairman Kim Jong Un. This month, however, the Prime Minister altered his stance, saying that he is ready to meet the North Korean leader without conditions. Do you approve of this change in policy?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes  

36

 

43

28

No

41

 

39

43

 

Q: There has been a series of auto accidents caused by elderly drivers. If the framework for driver’s licenses for elderly drivers were to be revised to reduce such accidents, what change do you think should be made?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Shorten the period for license renewal

9

 

9

9

Introduce a system for mandatory retirement for licenses

19

 

15

25

Enhance driver aptitude testing at time of license renewal

50

 

56

42

There is no need to revise the framework

3

 

4

2

 

Q: An Upper House election will be held this summer. If you were to vote now, which political party would you cast your ballot for in the proportional representation segment of the election?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

34

 

37

31

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

11

 

14

8

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1

 

0

1

Komeito (Komeito)

5

 

4

6

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3

 

4

3

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

5

 

7

4

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0

 

0

0

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0

 

0

0

Other political groups

8

 

7

9

 

(Note) Figures rounded off. “0” indicates that the figure was below 0.5%, and “–” denotes that no respondents gave that answer. “No answer” omitted. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the previous survey conducted April 13–14, 2019.

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by pollsters over the two-day period of May 18–19, 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 421 persons (out of the 711 households with one or more persons age 18 or over) for landline numbers and 587 persons (out of the 680 persons age 18 or over who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 59% for landline numbers and 86% for mobile numbers.

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