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Kyodo News opinion poll & results from Tokyo Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures in parentheses are the results of the survey conducted Dec. 14–15.)

 

Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

49.3

(42.7)

No

36.7

(43.0)

Don’t know (D/K) + No answer (N/A)

14.0

(14.3)

 

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

6.7

(8.2)

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

9.8

(10.4)

The prime minister has leadership ability

9.5

(10.0)

Something can be expected of its economic policies

9.2

(9.4)

Something can be expected of its foreign policy

13.7

(12.3)

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

49.8

(48.1)

Other answers (O/A)

1.3

(0.7)

D/K+N/A

(0.9)

 

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

38.2

(36.1)

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

5.7

 (5.2)

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

4.3

(5.3)

Nothing can be expected of its economic policies

22.2

(23.6)

Nothing can be expected of its foreign policy

8.9

(5.3)

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

15.1

(18.9)

O/A

4.5

(4.2)

D/K+N/A

1.1

(1.4)

 

Q4: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

43.2

(36.0)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

6.9

 (10.8)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1.6

 (1.5)

Komeito (Komeito)

2.9

(4.7)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4.1

(3.0)

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

4.4

(3.3)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1.1

(0.8)

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

0.7

(1.5)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

2.4

(4.5)

Other political parties, groups

0.0

(0.3)

None of the above (NOTA)

31.5

 (31.8)

D/K+N/A

1.2

 (1.8)

 

Q5: A Lower House member has been arrested on suspicion of taking bribes related to Japan’s plan to introduce integrated resorts (IR) featuring casinos. The government intends to accept business plans from IR candidate sites starting from January next year. Do you think this initiative to set up IRs should move forward as it stands or do you think it should be reviewed?

 

The initiative should move forward as it stands

21.2

 

The initiative should be reviewed

70.6

 

D/K+N/A

8.2

 

 

Q6: Amid the tensions between the United States and Iran, the Japanese government plans to dispatch Maritime Self-Defense Force assets to the Middle East. Are you in favor of or opposed to the dispatch?

 

In favor

34.4

(33.7)

Opposed

58.4

(51.5)

D/K+N/A

7.2

(14.8)

 

Q7: Various dubious issues have been identified regarding the “cherry blossom viewing party,” which is held every spring using public funds. Do you think Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has provided a sufficient explanation?

 

Yes

8.1

(11.5)

No

86.4

(83.5)

D/K+N/A

5.5

(5.0)

 

Q8: Are you anxious about the future of the Japanese economy?

 

I am anxious

37.6

(41.0)

I am somewhat anxious

48.6

(46.9)

I am not very anxious

10.7

(8.6)

I am not anxious

2.1

(1.9)

D/K+N/A

1.0

(1.6)

 

Q9: The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and the Democratic Party for the People are engaging in consultations with an eye to merging. Are you hopeful about the merger of the two parties?

 

Yes

22.8

 

No

69.3

 

D/K+N/A

7.9

 

 

Q10: Less than two years remain in the terms of Lower House members. When do you think it would be desirable for the Lower House to be dissolved and a general election held?

 

As soon as possible

9.3

 

Before the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games

3.3

 

After the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games

46.1

 

Next year or sometime after that

36.1

 

D/K+N/A

5.2

 

 

Q11: Are you in favor of or opposed to constitutional amendment under Prime Minister Abe?

 

In favor

35.9

(31.7)

Opposed

52.2

(54.4)

D/K+N/A

11.9

(13.9)

 

Q12: Who do you think would be appropriate to serve as the next prime minister? (Listed in Japanese alphabetical order)

 

Shinzo Abe

13.1

 

Shigeru Ishiba

18.2

 

Yukio Edano

4.6

 

Fumio Kishida

3.5

 

Shinjiro Koizumi

11.8

 

Taro Kono

6.9

 

Yoshihide Suga

4.5

 

Seiko Noda

1.1

 

No one in this list

27.7

 

D/K+N/A

8.6

 

 

Note: In cases where multiple responses are permitted, figures total more than 100.

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis on Jan. 11–12, 2020, targeting voters across the nation. However, the survey excluded landline numbers in some areas of Fukushima Prefecture. The survey covered 737 randomly selected households with eligible voters nationwide [by landline phone], with responses collected from 521 people. A total of 1,225 people were accessed through their mobile phones, of which 514 responded.

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