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OPINION POLLS

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 May 18–19, 2019.)

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

45(45)

No

33(32)

 

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

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

37(34)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

5(5)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

3(4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(2)

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

2(3)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0(0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0(0)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0(–)

Other political party

1(2)

None of the above (NOTA)

38(37)

No answer (N/A) + Don’t know (D/K)

10(12)

 

Q: The House of Councillors 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)

40(37)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

13(12)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

3(3)

Komeito (Komeito)

6(6)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

5(5)

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

6(7)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1(1)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1(–)

Other political party

2(3)

N/A + D/K

23(26)

 

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

 

Very closely

18(17)

Somewhat closely

42(44)

Not very closely

31(29)

Not closely at all

8(10)

 

Q: Are you optimistic about Shinzo Abe?

 

Yes

47(46)

No

45(45)

 

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

 

In favor

43(39)

Opposed

51(54)

 

Q: A Financial Services Agency council compiled a report stating that a couple will need savings of 20 million yen in addition to their pension benefits in order to cover their expenses after retirement. Has the release of this report increased your anxiety over your pension?

 

My anxiety has increased

49

My anxiety has not increased very much

45

 

Q: Minister of State for Financial Services Taro Aso has refused to accept this report, saying that it caused concern and misunderstanding among the people regarding their living expenses in old age. Do you approve of the Abe administration’s handling of this issue?

 

Yes

14

No

68

 

Q: Do you think the Abe administration has adequately undertaken the reform of the pension system?

 

Yes

14

No

72

 

Q: Will you place importance on the pension issue in deciding what political party and candidates to vote for in the upcoming Upper House election?

 

Yes

51

No

41

 

Q: Do you approve of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic policies?

 

Yes

38

No

43

 

Q: Do you approve of Prime Minister Abe’s foreign policy?

 

Yes

52

No

34

 

 Q: Are you in favor of or opposed to constitutional amendment under the Abe administration?

 

In favor

30

Opposed

50

 

Q: Do you feel like you are well off or badly off financially generally speaking?

 

Well off

31

Badly off

53

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted on June 22–23, 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 1,908 persons, including 946 persons (out of 2,087 households found to have one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 962 persons (out of the 2,045 persons found to be eligible voters) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 45% for landline numbers and 47% for mobile numbers.

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