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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

50

(40)

52

47

No

28

(37)

28

28

Not interested

21

(21)

19

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)

10

12

Because I think highly of Abe

18

(20)

17

20

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

17

(13)

22

10

Because there are no other good people or political parties

49

(52)

48

51

 

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

3

(7)

4

1

Because I don’t think highly of Abe

38

(35)

41

35

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

44

(47)

41

46

Because other people and political parties are better

10

(7)

10

9

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

34

 

35

32

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

8

 

9

6

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1

 

1

1

Komeito (Komeito)

5

 

4

6

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2

 

2

3

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

5

 

7

4

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0

 

0

1

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

2

 

2

1

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

1

 

1

Other political groups

1

 

1

1

None of the above (NOTA)

36

 

34

38

 

Q: In the reshuffling of the cabinet and the renewal of the LDP executive lineup, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe retained Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, and LDP Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai. Do you approve of these personnel appointments?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

42

 

43

39

No

45

 

47

42

 

Q: In the cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Abe appointed Lower House member Shinjiro Koizumi to the position of environment minister. Do you approve of this personnel assignment?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

64

 

63

66

No

23

 

28

17

 

Q: In the recent cabinet reshuffle, the number of female cabinet members increased by one to two. What do you think about this?

 

 

T

P

M

F

There should be more women in the Cabinet

71

 

74

67

The number of female Cabinet ministers does not have to be increased

14

 

14

14

 

Q: The government plans to increase the consumption tax from 8% to 10% in October. Are you in favor of or opposed to this?

 

 

T

P

M

F

In favor

41

 

46

35

Opposed

50

 

48

51

 

Q: Do you think raising the consumption tax to 10% will have a negative impact on the Japanese economy?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

63

 

65

60

No

26

 

29

23

 

Q: Have you already made a major purchase or do you intend to prior to the consumption tax hike?

 

 

T

P

M

F

I have already made a major purchase or intend to

16

 

17

16

I have not made a major purchase and do not intend to

75

 

77

73

 

Q: The government has announced the results of its inquiry into the amount of pension benefits provided in the future. The government has stated that pension benefits in an average case will continue to stand at half the income of the current working population in the future. Are you satisfied with the government’s explanation?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes  

12

 

16

8

No

74

 

75

72

 

Q: In regard to relations with South Korea, the Japanese government has removed South Korea from its “white list” of countries that receive preferential treatment on requirements for the import of sensitive Japanese-made goods. Do you support the Japanese government’s action?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes  

64

 

71

56

No

21

 

21

21

 

Q: The ties between Japan and South Korea are deteriorating due to such issues as compensation for former requisitioned workers and others. Do you think the Japanese government should continue with dialogue-based diplomatic efforts in an effort to settle the issues?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes  

57

 

56

60

No

29

 

35

22

 

(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 June 15–16, 2019.

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by pollsters over the two-day period of Sept. 14–15, 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 487 persons (out of the 861 households with one or more persons age 18 or over) for landline numbers and 495 persons (out of the 586 persons age 18 or over who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 57% for landline numbers and 84% for mobile numbers.

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