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Kyodo News spot opinion poll & results from Tokyo Shimbun

  • September 10, 2020
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 7
  • JMH Translation
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Questions & answers (%)

(Figures in parentheses are the results of the spot survey conducted Aug. 29–30, 2020.)

 

Q1: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

50.6

(45.8)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

10.7

(10.2)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1.1

(1.9)

Komeito (Komeito)

3.5

(4.4)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3.1

(2.5)

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

4.5

(5.4)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.1

(0.9)

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

0.6

(0.1)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1.3

(1.5)

Other political parties, groups

0.3

(0.1)

None of the above (NOTA)

20.9

(24.8)

Don’t know (D/K) + No answer (N/A)

3.3

(2.4)

 

Q2: On Sept. 8, the LDP announced its presidential election, and three people announced their candidacies. It is expected that the newly elected LDP president will become the next prime minister. Who do you think would be appropriate to serve as the next prime minister? (Listed in order of submission of candidacy documents)

 

Shigeru Ishiba

30.9

 

Yoshihide Suga

50.2

 

Fumio Kishida

8.0

 

D/K+N/A

10.9

 

 

Q3: What characteristics do you most hope for in the next prime minister?

 

Political ideals and policies

22.9

 

Leadership

25.3

 

Honesty and modesty

21.2

 

Experience and past record

11.2

 

Political ethics and upright character

14.7

 

Other answers (O/A)

0.7

 

D/K+N/A

4.0

 

 

Q4: What do you think should be the priority issues for the next prime minister? Select up to two.

 

Measures to address the novel coronavirus

43.9

 

Economy and jobs

34.9

 

Fiscal reconstruction

18.5

 

Pensions, healthcare, and nursing care

30.0

 

Measures to support child rearing and to address the decline in the birthrate

17.4

 

Post-disaster reconstruction and disaster mitigation measures

7.4

 

Foreign affairs and security

19.8

 

Regional revitalization

13.6

 

Constitutional amendment

4.8

 

Other answers (O/A)

0.5

 

D/K+N/A

1.0

 

 

Q5: The LDP presidential election will be held using an approach typically applied in an emergency, and a vote by rank-and-file LDP party members and LDP fraternity members nationwide will be skipped as a result. Do you think it is appropriate to forgo a vote by rank-and-file LDP party members and fraternity members?

 

Yes

44.2

 

No

48.1

 

D/K+N/A

7.7

 

 

Q6: Do you think that the next prime minister should continue the proactive stance taken by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe regarding constitutional amendment?

 

The next prime minister should continue Abe’s proactive stance

36.0

 

It is not necessary for the next prime minister to continue Abe’s stance

57.9

 

D/K+N/A

6.1

 

 

Q7: Do you think that the next prime minister should continue “Abenomics,” the Abe administration’s economic policies, which are centered on large-scale monetary easing?

 

The next prime minister should continue Abenomics

33.3

 

The next prime minister should review Abenomics

58.9

 

D/K+N/A

7.8

 

 

Q8: The terms of Lower House members expire in October next year. When do you think the Lower House should be dissolved and a general election held?

 

As soon as possible

13.2

 

Within this year

10.1

 

In the first half of next year

14.3

 

When the current members’ terms expire or at a time close to that

58.4

 

D/K+N/A

4.0

 

 

Q9: What political party do you intend to vote for in the proportional representation segment of the next Lower House election?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

48.1

 

New party formed through the merger of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) and the Democratic Party for the People (DPFP)

15.7

 

Komeito (Komeito)

4.6

 

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

3.8

 

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

5.8

 

New party that DPFP leader Yuichiro Tamaki and others aim to form

0.5

 

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.4

 

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

0.2

 

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1.9

 

Other political parties, groups

0.2

 

D/K+N/A

18.8

 

 

Note: In questions where multiple responses are permitted, figures tally to more than 100%.

 

Polling methodology: The spot survey was conducted by telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis over the two-day period of Sept. 8–9, 2020, targeting voters across the nation. However, the survey excluded landline numbers in some areas of Fukushima Prefecture. The survey covered 707 randomly selected households with eligible voters nationwide [by landline phone], with responses collected from 525 people. A total of 1,370 people were accessed through their mobile phones, of which 530 responded.

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