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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 Sept. 14–15, 2019.)

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

45(48)

No

32(31)

 

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

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

35(37)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

6(7)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

5(3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2(3)

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

2(3)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0(1)

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0(0)

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

1(0)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1(1)

Other political party

1(1)

None of the above (NOTA)

39(35)

No answer (N/A) + Don’t know (D/K)

7(8)

 

Q: The Abe administration raised the consumption tax rate to 10% as of October. Do you approve of the tax hike?

 

Yes

54

No

40

 

Q: How much of a burden does the October consumption tax hike place on your household budget? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Considerable burden

8

Some burden  

37

Not much burden

44

No burden at all

8

 

Q: To what degree are you concerned the consumption tax hike will have a negative impact on the economy? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Very

15

Somewhat

46

Not very

33

Not at all

4

 

Q: With the consumption tax hike, a reduced tax rate system was introduced under which the tax on food and the like will be kept at 8%. Do you approve of the reduced tax system?

 

Yes

58

No

33

 

Q: How do you think the consumption tax should be handled going forward? (Select only one response from the list below.)

 

Should be kept at 10%

47

Should be raised to over 10%

12

Should be reduced to 8%

14

Should be reduced to 5%

11

Should be eliminated

11

 

Q: Has the image of Shinjiro Koizumi improved, deteriorated, or not changed with his appointment to the position of environment minister?

 

Improved

11

Deteriorated

16

Not changed

67

 

Q: This autumn, Japan has been struck by a series of typhoons that have wreaked great damage. Do you approve of the Abe administration’s handling of the damage caused by typhoons?

 

Yes

37

No

39

 

Q: Do you feel close to the current Imperial family?

 

Yes  

62

No

27

 

Q: On the occasion of the enthronement of the new emperor, the government will grant pardons that will restore the lost rights of some individuals found guilty by the court. Are you in favor of or opposed to granting pardons?

 

In favor

25

Opposed

54

 

Q: Due to the damage caused by Typhoon Hagibis, the government has postponed until next month the celebratory parade to mark the enthronement of the new emperor, which was originally scheduled for Oct. 22. Do you approve of this?

 

Yes

83

No

10

 

Q: Executives and others at Kansai Electric Power received a large amount of money and goods from a former high-ranking official of a local government that hosted one of its nuclear plants. Do you think it is necessary to summon these individuals to the Diet and demand an explanation?

 

Yes

76

No

16

 

Q: To address the problem of heat at the Tokyo Olympic Games next summer, the International Olympic Committee has announced a plan to relocate the venues for the marathon and race walking events from Tokyo to Sapporo. Are you in favor of or opposed to this plan?

 

In favor

47

Opposed

36

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted on Oct. 19–20, 2019, on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis targeting voters nationwide with telephone calls placed by pollsters to landline and mobile phone numbers. Valid responses were received from a total of 2,029 persons, including 974 persons (out of 1,924 households found to have one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 1,055 persons (out of the 2,321 persons found to be eligible voters) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 51% for landline numbers and 45% for mobile numbers.

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