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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 survey conducted Oct. 18–20.

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

49(55)

No

36(34)

Other answers (O/A)

2(4)

No answer (N/A)

13(7)

 

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

12

The prime minister has leadership ability

13

The prime minister is trustworthy

8

The cabinet’s lineup is good

2

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

16

Because it’s better than its predecessors

45

O/A

1

N/A

3

 

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

18

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

5

The prime minister is untrustworthy

45

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

8

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

15

Because its predecessors were better

3

O/A

2

N/A

3

 

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

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

37(42)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

7(5)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

4(3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4(3)

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

1(2)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

 0(0)

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

1(–)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

2(1)

O/A

0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

38(38)

N/A

4(5)

 

Q: On Nov. 20, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will become the longest-serving prime minister. Overall how do you view his performance since the second Abe cabinet’s launch in 2012? From the four responses below, pick the one closest to your viewpoint.*

 

Very highly

12

Somewhat highly

53

Not very highly

21

Not highly at all

12

N/A

2

 

Q: Do you think the positive aspects for Japan of having the same person serve for a long time as prime minister are greater than the negative aspects, or that the negatives are greater than the positives, or that they are about the same?

 

Positives are greater than the negatives

30

Negatives are greater than the positives

23

Negatives and positives are about the same

42

N/A

5

 

Q: Do you have a tangible sense that the Japanese economy is improving with the Abe cabinet’s economic policies known as Abenomics?

 

Yes

22

No

71

N/A

7

 

Q: Which of the following Abe cabinet policies do you think highly of? Select as many as you wish.*

 

Economic policies

19

Fiscal reconstruction

9

Social security for the elderly

16

Childrearing support and introduction of free education

44

Diplomacy and security

32

Work style reform

23

Constitutional amendment

14

O/A & Nothing in particular

16

N/A

4

 

Q: In the one and a half months since the cabinet reshuffle in September, two ministers have resigned. Do you think that Prime Minister Abe, who appointed them, bears a major responsibility?

 

Yes

52

No

42

N/A

6

 

Q: The government has postponed the introduction of private-sector English tests in the new standardized university entrance exams to be launched from fiscal 2020. Do you think postponing the introduction of the tests was appropriate?

 

It was appropriate to postpone the introduction of the tests

55

The tests should be introduced as scheduled

26

N/A

19

 

Q: The government has decided to cancel the cherry blossom-viewing party hosted by Prime Minister Shinzo next fiscal year amid criticism that many of his supporters have been invited to the event in past years. Do you think the government’s handling of the issue was appropriate?

 

Yes

51

No

35

N/A

14

 

Q: Which LDP politician do you think would be appropriate to serve as the next prime minister? Select only one from the following nine.*

 

Shinzo Abe

15

Shigeru Ishiba

21

Katsunobu Kato

0

Fumio Kishida

4

Shinjiro Koizumi

18

Taro Kono

9

Yoshihide Suga

6

Seiko Noda

2

Toshimitsu Motegi

1

O/A

There is no appropriate LDP politician

13

N/A

10

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on Nov. 15–17 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 1,051 persons, including 520 persons (out of the 950 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 531 persons (out of the 1,082 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 55% for landline numbers and 49% 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%, and “–” denotes that no respondents gave that answer.

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