Sunday’s Yomiuri, Asahi, and Mainichi reported on the results of their respective nationwide public opinion surveys on constitutional revision that were conducted from early March through mid-April by mail. Yomiuri wrote that the public was divided over whether the Constitution should be revised, with 49% of the respondents in favor and 48% against. Asked what they are particularly interested in when it comes to constitutional revision, the respondents selected the renunciation of war and the Self-Defense Forces as the top issues at 51%, followed by response to emergency situations and the environment at 38%. Multiple responses were allowed.
A poll by Asahi showed similar results, with 43% saying the Constitution needs to be revised, while 46% said otherwise. Asked their views about the war-renouncing Article 9, 65% said the article should be upheld as is, while 27% responded it should be changed. Noting that 72% said that Diet discussions on constitutional amendment do not need to be rushed, the paper wrote that momentum for constitutional amendment is not growing among the public despite Prime Minister Abe’s stressing the need for expediting debate.
Mainichi wrote that 46% of the respondents expressed opposition to the idea of Prime Minister Abe revising the Constitution before his term comes to an end, while 36% supported it. Some 34% supported the idea of explicitly stating the existence of the SDF in the Constitution, while 24% opposed it.