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OPINION POLLS

Kyodo News opinion poll & results from Tokyo Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures in parentheses are the results of the last survey conducted May 1–2.)

 

Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

50.5

(51.9)

No

36.2

(31.3)

Don’t know (D/K) + No answer (N/A)

13.3

(16.8)

 

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

10.5

(8.9)

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

12.2

(9.4)

The prime minister has leadership ability

11.1

(9.8)

Something can be expected of its economic policies

10.5

(11.0)

Something can be expected of its foreign policy

14.2

(12.5)

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

39.1

(47.2)

Other answers (O/A)

0.3

(0.6)

D/K+N/A

2.1

(0.6)

 

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

33.9

(30.5)

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

6.6

(6.5)

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

3.2

(2.4)

Nothing can be expected of its economic policies

25.7

(32.6)

Nothing can be expected of its foreign policy

8.2

(7.8)

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

14.3

(16.4)

O/A

5.2

(1.4)

D/K+N/A

2.9

(2.4)

 

Q4: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

40.4

(40.9)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

9.8

 (7.8)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1.0

 (0.9)

Komeito (Komeito)

3.9

(4.2)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4.1

(2.3)

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

4.1

(4.3)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0.2

(0.1)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.8

(0.3)

Other political parties, groups

0.1

(0.2)

None of the above (NOTA)

33.8

(37.6)

D/K+N/A

1.8

(1.4)

 

Q5: An Upper House election will be held in summer. Do you think pro-constitutional revision forces should maintain a two-thirds majority or have less than a two-thirds the majority in the Upper House after the election?

 

They should maintain a two-thirds majority

43.3

 

They should have less than a two-thirds majority

37.9

 

D/K+N/A

18.8

 

 

Q6: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to revise the Constitution and implement the amended Constitutio in 2020. Do you approve of his policy?

 

Yes

40.1

 

No

43.9

 

D/K+N/A

 16.0

 

 

Q7: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he hopes to hold a summit “without preconditions” with Workers’ Party of Korea Chairman Kim Jong Un to settle the issue of the abductions of Japanese nationals by North Korea. Do you approve of the prime minister’s approach?

 

Yes

61.2

 

No

30.2

 

D/K+N/A

8.6

 

 

Q8: What do you think is the state of the economy today?

 

It is improving

8.5

 

It has not changed

55.2

 

It is worsening

34.5

 

D/K+N/A

1.8

 

 

Q9: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to raise the consumption tax rate from 8% to 10% in October 2019. Are you in favor of or opposed to raising the tax rate as scheduled?

 

In favor

37.6

 

Opposed

57.6

 

D/K+N/A

4.8

 

 

Q10: Who do you think would be appropriate to serve as prime minister after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe?

 

Shinzo Abe

  20.1

 

Shigeru Ishiba

  13.7

 

Yukio Edano

3.6

 

Fumio Kishida

2.7

 

Shinjiro Koizumi

19.9

 

Yoshihide Suga

6.9

 

None of the above

25.5

 

D/K+N/A

7.6

 

 

Q11: What do you think about holding a Lower House election to coincide with an Upper House election to be held this summer?

 

They should be conducted simultaneously

47.8

 

They should not be conducted simultaneously

37.2

 

D/K+N/A

15.0

 

 

Q12: 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)

38.2

(38.0)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

11.2

(8.7)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1.1

(1.7)

Komeito (Komeito)

4.1

(4.2)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3.8

(1.7)

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

4.6

(3.5)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0.4

(–)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.7

(0.7)

Other political parties, groups

0.1

(0.1)

D/K+N/A

35.8

(41.4)

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis from May 18 through May 19 targeting voters across the nation. However, the survey excluded landline numbers in some areas of Fukushima Prefecture. The survey covered 742 randomly selected households with eligible voters nationwide [by landline phone], with responses collected from 517 people. A total of 1,253 people were accessed through their mobile phones, of which 515 responded.

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