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Spot opinion poll & results from Asahi Shimbun

  • May 18, 2020
  • , Asahi , p. 3
  • JMH Translation

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures are rounded off. Some questions and answers have been omitted. Parenthesized figures are the results of the survey taken on April 18–19, 2020.)

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

33(41)

No

47(41)

 

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

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

30(33)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

5(5)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

3(5)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3(2)

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

3(3)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0(1)

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)

0(1)

Other political party

1(0)

None of the above (NOTA)

46(43)

No answer (N/A) + Don’t know (D/K)

8(6)

 

Q: Do you think that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is demonstrating good leadership in preventing the spread of the new coronavirus?

 

Yes

30(33)

No

57(57)

 

Q: The government lifted the state of emergency for 39 prefectures on May 14.Do you approve of this?

 

Yes

51

No

32

 

Q: This question concerns the draft revision to the Public Prosecutor’s Office Act, which would make it possible to lengthen the tenure of public prosecutors. The bill contains a provision that would allow senior prosecutors, who reach retirement age, to continue in office at the discretion of the government. Are you in favor of or opposed to this bill?

 

In favor

15

Opposed

64

 

Q: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the following comment at the Diet about the revision bill: “Political intervention in the appointment of public prosecutors is inconceivable.” Is this statement by the Prime Minister trustworthy?

 

Yes

16

No

68

 

Q: The government plans to have this bill enacted at the current Diet session. Do you think the enactment of the bill should be rushed?

 

Yes

5

No

80

 

Q: Celebrities and many others are posting tweets and other messages about this bill to revise the Public Prosecutor’s Office Act. How interested are you in such messages? (Select only one.)

 

Very interested

14

Somewhat interested

39

Not very interested

31

Not interested at all

14

 

Polling methodology: The spot survey was conducted on May 16–17, 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 1,185 persons, including 604 persons (out of 978 households found to have one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 581 persons (out of the 1,032 persons found to be eligible voters) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 62% for landline numbers and 56% for mobile numbers. 

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