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Opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

Questionnaire is slightly abridged. Asterisks indicate that the choices were read aloud to the respondent. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the [spot] survey conducted Aug. 23–25.

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

53(58)

No

35(30)

Other answers (O/A)

4(4)

No answer (N/A)

7(8)

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the foregoing question) Select only one from among the following six reasons for your approval of the Abe cabinet.*

 

Something can be expected of its policy measures

15

The prime minister has leadership ability

16

The prime minister is trustworthy

7

The cabinet’s lineup is good

5

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

14

Because it’s better than its predecessors

36

O/A

2

N/A

4

 

Q: (Only for those who answered “no” to the foregoing question) Select only one from among the following six reasons for your disapproval of the Abe cabinet.*

 

Nothing can be expected of its policy measures

25

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

4

The prime minister is untrustworthy

34

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

6

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

21

Because its predecessors were better

2

O/A

2

N/A

4

 

Q: Which political party do you support now? Select only one.

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

38(41)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

5(7)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

5(4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4(2)

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

2(3)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

 0(0)

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

1(1)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1(0)

O/A

0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

39(37)

N/A

4(5)

 

Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe replaced or moved 17 of his 19 cabinet ministers in the recent reshuffle. Do you approve of the recent cabinet reshuffle overall?

 

Yes

46

No

34

N/A

20

 

Q: Do you approve of the retention of Taro Aso as deputy prime minister and finance minister?

 

Yes

33

No

55

N/A

12

 

Q: Do you approve of the retention of Yoshihide Suga as chief cabinet secretary?

 

Yes

66

No

20

N/A

14

 

Q: Do you approve of the appointment of Shinjiro Koizumi to the position of environment minister?

 

Yes

69

No

20

N/A

12

 

Q: Do you approve of the appointment of Seiko Hashimoto to the position of minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics?

 

Yes

69

No

18

N/A

13

 

Q: Out of the LDP politicians, who do you think would be appropriate to serve as the next prime minister? Select only one from the following nine.*

 

Shinzo Abe

17

 

Shigeru Ishiba

18

 

Katsunobu Kato

0

 

Fumio Kishida

4

 

Shinjiro Koizumi

21

 

Taro Kono

8

 

Yoshihide Suga

8

 

Seiko Noda

3

 

Toshimitsu Motegi

2

 

O/A

 

There is no appropriate LDP politician

8

 

N/A

11

 

 

Q: Do you think you will endeavor to lower your household expenses from their current level after October when the consumption tax rate is raised to 10%?

 

Yes

45

No

47

N/A

9

 

Q: At the same time as the consumption tax rate is raised to 10%, a reduced tax rate will be introduced that will keep the tax on foodstuffs at 8%. Do you approve of the introduction of the reduced tax rate?

 

Yes

45

No

47

N/A

9

 

Q: Do you hope there will be active debate toward constitutional amendment in the Commission on the Constitution in [each house of] the Diet?

 

Yes

60

No

33

N/A

7

 

Q: Japan and South Korea continue to be at a standoff regarding the former requisitioned workers during World War II. Which of the following two is closer to your thinking about the future of Japan-South Korea relations?*

 

Japan should also consider making compromises with South Korea so that ties improve

29

It is inevitable that ties will not improve as long as South Korea makes unacceptable claims

65

N/A

7

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on Sept. 13–15 on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis and targeted voters aged 18 or over with calls placed to landline and mobile phone numbers. Valid responses were received from a total of 1,074 persons, including 543 persons (out of the 899 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 531 persons (out of the 1,247 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 60% for landline numbers and 43% for mobile numbers. Figures are rounded off. In some graphs and charts, the total percentage may not add up to 100%. “0” indicates that the figure was below 0.5%. 

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