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OPINION POLLS

Kyodo News spot opinion poll & results from Tokyo Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures in parentheses are the results of the survey conducted Oct. 5–6.)

 

Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

54.1

(53.0)

No

34.5

(34.2)

Don’t know (D/K) + No answer (N/A)

11.4

(12.8)

 

Q2: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the previous question) What is the primary reason for your approval of the Abe cabinet?

 

The prime minister is trustworthy

9.0

(10.4)

Because it’s a coalition cabinet of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and Komeito

9.1

(9.7)

The prime minister has leadership ability

9.1

(11.1)

Something can be expected of its economic policies

8.4

(8.2)

Something can be expected of its foreign policy

13.3

(15.2)

There’s no other appropriate person [for prime minister]

49.6

(44.3)

Other answers (O/A)

0.8

(0.7)

D/K+N/A

0.7

(0.4)

 

Q3: (Only for those who answered “no” to the first question) What is the primary reason for your disapproval of the Abe cabinet?

 

The prime minister is untrustworthy

27.8

(28.4)

Because it’s a coalition cabinet of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and Komeito

8.8

(4.7)

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

3.9

(5.3)

Nothing can be expected of its economic policies

30.8

(35.6)

Nothing can be expected of its foreign policy

10.9

(6.8)

Don’t think the prime minister is appropriate for the position

11.4

(14.3)

O/A

5.1

(3.4)

D/K+N/A

1.3

(1.5)

 

Q4: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

44.6

(42.1)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

8.5

 (8.0)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1.3

 (1.6)

Komeito (Komeito)

4.2

(3.8)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3.6

(3.0)

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

3.6

(4.7)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1.1

(0.7)

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

0.8

(1.2)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

2.1

(2.1)

Other political parties, groups

0.1

(–)

None of the above (NOTA)

28.9

 (31.9)

D/K+N/A

1.2

(0.9)

 

Q5: Isshu Sugawara has stepped down from his post as minister of economy, trade and industry amid suspicions that his secretary offered condolence money to a voter thereby violating the Public Offices Election Act. What do you think about his resignation?

 

It was proper for him to resign as minister

75.0

 

There was no need for him to resign as minister

17.8

 

D/K+N/A

7.2

 

 

Q6: Do you think that Sugawara should resign not just as a minister but also as a Lower House member?

 

He should resign

48.3

 

There is no need for him to resign

43.5

 

D/K+N/A

8.2

 

 

Q7: The consumption tax rate was raised to 10% on Oct. 1. Are you worried about the future of the Japanese economy after the consumption tax hike?

 

Yes

33.3

(26.9)

Somewhat

35.4

(44.0)

Not very much

23.2

(23.1)

No

7.4

(5.6)

D/K+N/A

0.7

(0.4)

 

Q8: With the raising of the tax rate to 10%, a system of reduced tax rates was launched, under which food and other items continue to be taxed at 8%. There are cases where the tax rate on the same item differs. In the case of food, for example, the tax rate differs depending on whether the food is taken out or is eaten at the shop. What do you think of the reduced tax rate system?

 

It is complicated

81.3

(82.4)

It is not complicated

17.3

(16.2)

D/K+N/A

1.4

(1.4)

 

Q9: This question concerns the emperor system. Currently, accession to the Chrysanthemum Throne is limited to men. Are you in favor of or opposed to the idea of Japan having a female emperor?

 

In favor

81.9

 

Opposed

13.5

 

D/K+N/A

4.6

 

 

Q10: The Chrysanthemum Throne has been passed down the male line. Are you in favor of or opposed to the idea of allowing heirs with emperors on their mother’s side to ascend the throne?

 

In favor

70.0

 

Opposed

21.9

 

D/K+N/A

8.1

 

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis on Oct. 26–27 targeting voters across the nation. However, the survey excluded landline numbers in some areas stricken by torrential rains and in some areas of Fukushima Prefecture. The survey covered 732 randomly selected households with eligible voters nationwide [by landline phone], with responses collected from 505 people. A total of 1,282 people were accessed through their mobile phones, of which 504 responded.

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