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OPINION POLLS

Opinion poll & results from Asahi Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures are rounded off. Some questions and answers have been omitted. Parenthesized figures are the results of the survey taken on Jan. 25–26, 2020.)

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

39(38)

No

40(41)

 

Q: Which political party do you support now? Please give the name of the party.

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

34(34)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

6(7)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

2(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

3(4)

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 of Hope (Kibo no To)

0(0)

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

0(0)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1(1)

Other political party

0(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

39(37)

No answer (N/A) + Don’t know (D/K)

10(12)

 

Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s term as LDP president is until September next year. Who do you think would be appropriate to serve as the next president of the LDP?

 

Shigeru Ishiba

25

Fumio Kishida

6

Toshimitsu Motegi

1

Taro Kono

8

Yoshihide Suga

5

Katsunobu Kato

1

Shinjiro Koizumi

14

No one on this list

32

 

Q: Under LDP rules, the party president’s term is limited to three consecutive terms. Are you in favor of or opposed to changing the rule and Prime Minister Abe continuing for a fourth term?

 

In favor

25

Opposed

60

 

Q: Do you approve of the way the administration has handled the new coronavirus to date?

 

Yes

34

No

50

 

Q: How concerned are you that the new coronavirus will spread in Japan?

 

Very concerned 

42

Somewhat concerned

43

Not very concerned

11

Not concerned at all

2

 

Q: How concerned are you that the spread of the new coronavirus will impact the Japanese economy?

 

Very concerned 

43

Somewhat concerned

44

Not very concerned

10

Not concerned at all

2

 

Q: A large cruise ship is moored at Yokohama Port and the new coronavirus is spreading among those on board. Do you think that the government’s handling of the ship’s passengers and crew members is appropriate?

 

Yes 

39

No

45

 

Q: Are you persuaded by the explanations Prime Minister Abe has given in the Diet regarding the series of issues related to the “cherry blossom viewing party”?

 

Yes

12

No

71

 

Q: The government has said that it disposed of the lists of invitees to the “cherry blossom viewing party.” Do you think a fresh investigation should be made to determine whether there are lists, including restoring data?

 

Yes

56

No

35

 

Q: Do you think the merits of setting up integrated resorts with casinos in Japan outweigh the demerits or do you think the demerits outweigh the merits?

 

The merits outweigh the demerits

30

The demerits outweigh the merits

56

 

Q: The government plans to ask companies to make it possible for those who so desire to work through age 70. Are you in favor of or opposed to this policy?

 

In favor

64

Opposed

25

 

Q: Are you in favor of or opposed to the restart of the nuclear power plants whose operations are currently suspended?

 

In favor

29

Opposed

56

 

Q: Prime Minister Abe has said that through the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games people will see the areas stricken by the Great East Japan Earthquake and get a sense that the regions are reconstructing vigorously. Do you think the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will communicate the actual situation in the stricken areas?

 

Yes

38

No

52

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted on Feb. 15–16, 2020, on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis targeting voters nationwide with telephone calls placed by pollsters to landline and mobile phone numbers. Valid responses were received from a total of 2,156 persons, including 1,118 persons (out of 2,172 households found to have one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 1,038 persons (out of the 2,311 persons found to be eligible voters) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 51% for landline numbers and 45% for mobile numbers.

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