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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

48

(50)

57

38

No

30

(28)

26

35

Not interested

19

(21)

16

23

 

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

12

(11)

11

13

Because I think highly of Abe

20

(18)

20

21

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

18

(17)

22

12

Because there are no other good people or political parties

46

(49)

45

46

 

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

6

(3)

6

7

Because I don’t think highly of Abe

35

(38)

41

29

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

43

(44)

37

47

Because other people and political parties are better

12

(10)

13

11

 

Q: Which political party do you support?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

36

(34)

42

30

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

10

(8)

10

10

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1

(1)

1

1

Komeito (Komeito)

3

(5)

3

4

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3

(2)

3

4

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

4

(5)

4

3

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1

(0)

0

1

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1

(2)

1

1

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

1

(1)

2

1

Other political groups

0

(1)

1

0

None of the above (NOTA)

34

(36)

31

38

 

Q: With the raising of the consumption tax rate from 8% to 10%, the government introduced a point reward system under which consumers using cashless transactions receive up to 5% of the purchase price back in the form of reward points. Are you using cashless payments?

 

 

T

P

M

F

I have used cashless payments since before the system was introduced

35

 

38

31

I have started using cashless payments because of this system

7

 

7

7

I am considering using cashless payments because of this system

13

 

14

12

I do not intend to use cashless payments

35

 

32

38

 

Q: With the recent consumption tax hike, there are cases where the tax rate differs on the same food item depending on where it is consumed. For example, the tax rate is 10% if the food item is consumed at the shop and 8% if it is taken out. When you eat out, do you keep in mind this difference in the tax rate?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

28

 

24

33

No

62

 

68

55

 

Q: The display of “Statue of a Girl of Peace,” a statue symbolizing wartime comfort women, at the “After ‘Freedom of Expression?'” exhibit held as part of the international arts festival Aichi Triennale 2019 attracted a flood of complaints, and the work was temporarily pulled from display after organizers received security threats. The Cultural Affairs Agency decided to withdraw all subsidies to the international arts festival, giving as the reason that there were “technical errors” on Aichi Prefecture’s part. Do you think the agency handled the matter appropriately?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

36

 

42

30

No

39

 

40

38

 

Q: Areas throughout Japan have been battered by typhoons. Do you have water and food stored away and have you confirmed the location of your nearest evacuation center so that you are prepared for natural disasters?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

54

 

51

57

No

36

 

41

30

 

Q: It is said that global warming will impact the world in various ways. Which are you concerned about in particular?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Extreme heat in the summer

17

 

16

19

Abnormal weather, including torrential rains

44

 

47

40

Water and food shortages

9

 

10

6

Rising sea levels

10

 

9

11

Extinction of animals and plants

5

 

3

6

 

Q: The “Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi” enthronement ceremony was held on Oct. 22, to proclaim the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito. How do you feel about Emperor Naruhito?

 

 

T

P

M

F

I feel a sense of awe

3

 

3

3

I feel he is venerable

14

 

15

13

I have a fondness for him

25

 

25

25

I have a favorable impression of him

26

 

23

30

I feel opposed to him

1

 

1

1

I have no particular opinion about him

9

 

11

6

I am not interested in him

6

 

8

5

Other

3

 

4

3

 

Q: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is mulling a plan to move the 2020 Summer Olympics’ marathon and race-walking events from Tokyo to Sapporo to avoid the searing heat in the capital. Do you support this plan?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes

35

 

38

33

No

47

 

48

46

 

Q: Kansai Electric Power Co. executives received gifts worth large sums of money from a former official of Takahama Town in Fukui Prefecture. Kansai EPCO has set up a third-party committee to look into the matter. Has your trust in the nuclear power business been shaken by this scandal?

 

 

T

P

M

F

Yes  

58

 

56

61

No

23

 

30

16

 

Q: Relations between Japan and South Korea have soured over issues such as compensation to former requisitioned workers. Do you think the two neighboring countries should strengthen their ties for the stabilization of Northeast Asia?

 

 

T

P

M

F

They should strengthen their ties

46

 

45

46

There is no need for them to strengthen their ties

36

 

41

31

 

(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 Sept. 14–15, 2019.

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by pollsters over the two-day period of Oct. 26–27, 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 482 persons (out of the 859 households with one or more persons age 18 or over) for landline numbers and 531 persons (out of the 670 persons age 18 or over who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 56% for landline numbers and 79% for mobile numbers.

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