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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 Aug. 7–9, 2020.

 

Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?

 

Yes

52(37)

No

38(54)

Other answers (O/A)

5(4)

No answer (N/A)

5(5)

 

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

 

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

41(33)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

4(5)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1(1)

Komeito (Komeito)

3(2)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

1(3)

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

2(3)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1(0)

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

–(0)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0(0)

O/A

0(1)

None of the above (NOTA)

40(46)

N/A

6(5)

 

Q: How do you regard the overall performance of the Abe cabinet’s seven years and eight months in office? (Select only one.)*

 

Very highly

19

Somewhat highly

55

Not very highly

16

Not highly at all

8

N/A

1

 

  • Q: (Only to those who said “very highly” or “somewhat highly” to the above question) Why? Select as many as you would like from the following five.*

 

The economy and employment situation improved

63

He raised the consumption tax rate

35

Abe enhanced Japan’s clout in foreign affairs

75

He had the security legislation passed

51

Japan’s political situation was stable

63

O/A

0

N/A

2

 

  • Q: (Only to those who said “not very highly” or “not highly at all” to the above question) Why? Select as many as you would like from the following five.*

 

Economic disparity grew

69

Abe raised the consumption tax rate

58

He was unable to produce results in foreign affairs

56

He had the security legislation passed

53

Arrogance developed in the long-running administration

81

O/A

1

N/A

2

 

Q: The LDP will hold its presidential election on Sept. 14. The following three persons have announced their candidacy. Which of them do you think would be most appropriate to serve as the next prime minister?*

 

Yoshihide Suga

46

Fumio Kishida

9

Shigeru Ishiba

33

None of them is appropriate

6

N/A

7

 

Q: The LDP has decided to hold an abbreviated presidential election where Diet members and delegates from each of the LDP’s 47 prefectural chapters vote in the election and rank-and-file members nationwide do not. Do you think this election method is appropriate?

 

Yes

34

No

59

N/A

7

 

Q: What kind of qualities and abilities do you think the next prime minister needs in particular? Select as many as you would like from the following eight.*

 

Leadership

90

Experience in politics

74

Clean image

80

Integrity and modesty

80

Ability to explain matters to the people

92

Crisis management skills

92

Skill in foreign affairs

89

Skill in managing the economy

88

O/A

Nothing in particular

0

N/A

0

 

Q: Do you think the next prime minister should continue Prime Minister Abe’s economic policies?

 

Yes

51

No

39

N/A

10

 

Q: Do you think the next prime minister should continue Prime Minister Abe’s foreign affairs and security policies?

 

Yes

66

No

25

N/A

9

 

Q: Which do you think should be prioritized in handling the novel coronavirus, economic activities or prevention of the spread of the virus?

 

Prevention of the spread of the novel coronavirus

56

Economic activities

26

Unsure

11

N/A

6

 

Q: The terms of the current Lower House members end in October next year. When do you think the Lower House should be dissolved and a general election held?

 

Within this year

16

In the first half of next year

20

There is no need to dissolve the Lower House and call a general election before the current members’ terms end

55

N/A

9

 

Q: Are you optimistic about the new party to be formed through the merger of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, Democratic Party for the People, and others?

 

Yes

36

No

58

N/A

6

 

Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on Sept. 4–6, 2020, 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 1,078 persons, including 535 persons (out of the 888 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 543 persons (out of the 1,204 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 60% for landline numbers and 45% 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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