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Opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

Asterisks indicate that the choices were read aloud to the respondent. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted Dec. 13–15.

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

52(48)

No

37(40)

Other answers (O/A)

 3(4)

No answer (N/A)

 7(8)

 

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

10

The prime minister has leadership ability

17

The prime minister is trustworthy

10

The cabinet’s lineup is good

2

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

19

Because it’s better than its predecessors

37

O/A

3

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

19

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

5

The prime minister is untrustworthy

51

The cabinet’s lineup is not good

6

Because it’s a Liberal Democratic Party-led government

13

Because its predecessors were better

3

O/A

2

N/A

2

 

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

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

41(37)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

7(6)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1(0)

Komeito (Komeito)

3(3)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(3)

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

2(1)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

 0(0)

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

0(0)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0(1)

O/A

0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

39(44)

N/A

3(3)

 

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

21

Shigeru Ishiba

27

Katsunobu Kato

0

Fumio Kishida

5

Shinjiro Koizumi

19

Taro Kono

7

Yoshihide Suga

3

Seiko Noda

2

Toshimitsu Motegi

1

O/A

0

There is no appropriate LDP politician

8

N/A

6

 

Q: What policies and issues would you like to see the Diet prioritize in its discussions at the ordinary session, which will start on Jan. 20? Select as many as you would like from the following list.

 

Economy and jobs

79

Fiscal reconstruction

61

Social security, including healthcare and pensions

83

Education and childrearing support

71

Foreign policy and security

66

Constitutional amendment

25

Corruption and scandals involving politicians

51

O/A

0

None in particular

0

N/A

1

 

Q: Do you expect there will be active debate on constitutional amendment at the Commission on the Constitution in [each house of] the Diet?

 

Yes

45

No

49

N/A

6

 

Q: The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and the Democratic Party for the People, which both split off from the now-defunct Democratic Party of Japan, are working toward merging. Are you optimistic about the merger of the two parties?

 

Yes

25

No

62

N/A

14

 

Q: In light of the Iran situation, the government has dispatched Maritime Self-Defense Force assets to the Middle East to gather information related to sea lanes. Do you approve of this move?

 

Yes

50

No

35

N/A

15

 

Q: The government plans to welcome Chinese leader Xi Jinping to Japan in April as a state guest, which is Japan’s highest-level welcome. Are you in favor of or opposed to receiving the Chinese leader as a state guest?

 

In favor

48

Opposed

37

N/A

14

 

Q: The government is moving forward with preparations to open integrated resorts (IRs) with casinos in Japan in the mid-2020s. Are you in favor of or opposed to opening IRs in Japan?

 

In favor

30

Opposed

58

N/A

12

 

Q: Former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn skipped bail and went overseas. He has criticized the Japanese judicial system and said he has “escaped injustice and political persecution” [by fleeing]. Are you persuaded by his claims?

 

Yes

8

No

86

N/A

6

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on Jan. 17–19 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 1,068 persons, including 542 persons (out of the 928 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 526 persons (out of the 1,242 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 58% for landline numbers and 42% 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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