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Kyodo News first trend survey from Tokyo Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

 

Q1: How interested are you in the upcoming Upper House election?

 

Very interested

13.6

Somewhat interested

46.1

Not very interested

30.5

Not interested at all

9.5

Don’t know (D/K) + No answer (N/A)

0.3

 

Q2: Voters will cast two ballots in Upper House elections — one to choose single-seat constituency representatives and one under proportional representation. Will you vote for ruling party candidates or opposition party candidates in the single-seat constituency segment of the Upper House election?

 

Ruling party candidates

31.3

Opposition party candidates

20.3

There are no candidates that I want to vote for

7.9

Am still undecided

39.0

D/K + N/A

1.5

 

Q3: For which political party or political group or for candidates of which political party or political group will you vote in the proportional representation portion of the Upper House election?

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

28.8

Komeito (Komeito)

5.6

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

9.0

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1.6

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3.4

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

3.2

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1.2

Other political parties or political groups

0.2

There is no political party that I want to vote for

6.9

Am still undecided

39.2

D/K + N/A

0.9

 

Q4: The Financial System Council of the Financial Services Agency compiled a report estimating that an average retired couple will not be able to cover their expenses with only public pension benefits if they live to be 95 years old but will need savings of 20 million yen. Do you think financial concerns in old age will be a point of contention in the Upper House election?

 

Yes

50.1

No

43.0

D/K + N/A

6.9

 

Q5: Do you think the Abe administration’s economic policy package known as “Abenomics” should be continued as it is or do you think it should be reviewed?

 

It should be continued as is

26.7

It should be reviewed

64.1

D/K + N/A

9.2

 

Q6: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to raise the consumption tax rate from the current 8% to 10% in October. Are you in favor of or opposed to this policy?

 

In favor

44.7

Opposed

51.1

D/K + N/A

4.2

 

 Q7: Are you in favor of or opposed to constitutional amendment under Prime Minister Abe?

 

In favor

35.0

Opposed

50.1

D/K + N/A

14.9

 

Q8: Do you approve of the Prime Minister Abe’s foreign policy?

 

Yes

52.3

No

38.4

D/K + N/A

9.3

 

Q9: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

47.6

No

44.1

D/K + N/A

8.3

 

Q10: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

37.9

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

9.9

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

2.7

Komeito (Komeito)

5.1

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2.9

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

3.7

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1.5

Other political parties or political groups

0.1

None of the above (NOTA)

32.7

D/K + N/A

3.5

 

Trend survey on the Upper House election: The survey aims to probe changes in voter awareness regarding the Upper House election at certain intervals during the campaign, including the level of voter interest in the election and trends in public support for political parties. This nationwide public opinion survey is conducted by telephone a total of three times using the same basic questions. The same questions are used, but the respondents are different with each survey.

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis. The first trend survey was conducted on June 26–27 targeting voters across the nation. However, the survey excluded landline numbers in some areas of Fukushima Prefecture. The survey covered 889 randomly selected households with eligible voters nationwide [by landline phone], with responses collected from 611 people. A total of 1,472 people were accessed through their mobile phones, of which 618 responded.

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