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Opinion poll & results from Nikkei Digital

Questions & answers (%)

 

Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

58(52)

No

33(38)

Not sure + Don’t know

9(10)

 

  • Q1SQ1: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the foregoing question) Why? Select as many responses as you would like from the eight choices below.

 

It is a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

19(24)

It has good policies

10(11)

It has an international outlook

33(29)

It has leadership ability

22(18)

It offers a sense of stability

48(47)

The prime minister is trustworthy

13(15)

It is clean

5(4)

It administers the government and the political party well

12(9)

Other

3(3)

Not sure + Don’t know

5(4)

 

  • Q1SQ2: (Only for those who answered “no” to the foregoing question) Why not? Select as many responses as you would like from the eight choices below.

 

It is a Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet

36(44)

It has bad policies

27(31)

It does not have an international outlook

6(11)

It does not have leadership ability

9(9)

It does not offer a sense of stability

9(9)

The prime minister is untrustworthy

32(36)

It is not clean

12(15)

It administers the government and the party poorly

33(32)

Other

1(1)

Not sure + Don’t know

7(2)

 

Q2: Which political party do you support now? Please name only one.

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

40(37)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

8(11)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

 1(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

5(4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(5)

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

 4(5)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

 0(1)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

2(2)

Party to Protect the People from NHK (NHK kara Kokumin wo Mamoru To)

1(1)

Other political party

 0(1)

None of the above (NOTA)

32(30)

Not sure + Don’t know

2(2)

 

Q3: What policies are you optimistic about under Prime Minister Abe? Select as many as you like from the seven choices below.

 

Economic measures

41(39)

Financial reconstruction

28(26)

Enhancement of social security

46(46)

Improvement of education

28(29)

Diplomacy and security policy

35(29)

Constitutional amendment

14(10)

Political and administrative reform

14(15)

Other

0(1)

Not sure + Don’t know

8(7)

 

Q4: Prime Minister Abe plans to raise the consumption tax to 10% in October. Are you in favor of or opposed to this?

 

In favor

49(43)

Opposed

44(50)

Can’t say either way

6(4)

Not sure + Don’t know

1(3)

 

Q5: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is calling for debate to be promoted with an eye on constitutional amendment. Do you think the political parties should engage in detailed discussions on constitutional amendment at the Diet?

 

Yes, they should

77

No, that is not necessary

16

Can’t say either way

2

Not sure + Don’t know

5

 

Q6: The opposition parties, including the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and the Democratic Party for the People, have agreed to form a single parliamentary group in both the Upper and Lower Houses. What approach do you think would be optimal for the opposition parties to take going forward?

 

The opposition parties should merge their parties together with an eye toward seizing the reins of government

40

The opposition parties should engage in their separate activities and not merge

46

Can’t say either way

6

Not sure + Don’t know

8

 

Q7: Do you support the Japanese government’s strengthening of export controls on semiconductor materials bound for South Korea?

 

Yes

67

No

19

Can’t say either way

3

Not sure + Don’t know

10

 

Q8: What stance do you think the Japanese government should take in relation to South Korea?

 

It is inevitable that Japan will compromise in order to improve relations

21

There is no need to rush to improve relations if that requires making concessions

67

Can’t say either way

5

Not sure + Don’t know

7

 

Q9: Prime Minister Abe agreed to lower tariffs on U.S. beef, pork, and other products in the trade negotiations with U.S. President Donald Trump. Do you support this?

 

Yes

55

No

32

Can’t say either way

5

Not sure + Don’t know

8

 

Q10: Who do you think would be appropriate to serve as prime minister of the next administration?  Select only one from the following list of 10 people.

 

Shinzo Abe

18

Shigeru Ishiba

13

Yukio Edano

3

Yuko Obuchi

1

Katsunobu Kato          

0

Fumio Kishida

1

Shinjiro Koizumi

29

Taro Kono

6

Yoshihide Suga

6

Toshimitsu Motegi

1

Other

0

Don’t know

21

 

Polling methodology: The poll was conducted on Aug. 30–Sept. 1 [by Nikkei Research Inc. via random-digit dialing (RDD) by calling both landlines and mobile phones. It drew 948 responses from those 18 and older, for a 46.2% response rate]. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the previous poll conducted on July 26–28, and “—” indicates that no data is available. Figures are rounded off. In some cases, the total percentage may not add up to 100%. Regarding the cabinet support rate, a follow-up question was posed to respondents who answered “not sure” or “don’t know”: “Which is closer to your view?” Regarding political party support, a follow-up question was posed to pollees who responded “not sure,” “don’t know,” or “none of the above”: “If you had to say, which political party do you feel positively about?” The responses to the follow-up questions were added to the responses to the initial questions.

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