Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (07/13/2015)

Key Issues
  • Support for the Abe Cabinet
  • Abenomics
  • Security policy
  • Elderly Care Services
Dates Conducted

July 11-12, 2015

Date Released

July 13, 2015

Methodology

Researchers called eligible voters across the country (excluding certain districts in Fukushima) on July 11 and 12. The phone numbers were generated randomly using the “Asahi RDD” method. 3866 of the total computer-generated numbers represented valid home phone numbers. Out of this total, the response rate was 48% with 1875 valid responses.

Notes on poll information: Poll numbers are percentages. Decimals are rounded to the nearest whole number. Some questions and answers have been abbreviated. Numbers in parentheses are results from an earlier June 20-21, 2015 poll.

Survey

1) Do you support the Abe cabinet?

Yes 39 (39)
No 42 (37)

2) Why do you support or not support the Abe cabinet? (Participants chose from a selection of answers. The left data column represents the 39% who support the Abe cabinet, and the right data column represents the 42% who do not support the Abe cabinet)

Because Abe is the Prime Minister 15 (6) 7 (3)
Because the Cabinet is dominated by the LDP 24 (9) 21 (9)
Because of specific policies 39 (15) 64 (27)
No particular reason 18 (7) 6 (2)

3) To the 39% who support the Abe cabinet: Will you continue to support the Abe cabinet?

Yes 44 (17)
No 49 (19)

4) To the 42% who do not support the Abe cabinet: Will you continue to withhold support from the Abe cabinet?

Yes 59 (25)
No 34 (14)

5) Which party do you currently support?

LDP 32 (36)
DPJ 8 (7)
Japan Restoration Party 3 (2)
Komeito 4 (3)
Japan Communist Party 4 (3)
Party for Future Generations 1 (0)
Social Democratic Party 0 (1)
People’s Life Party 0 (0)
Genki Party 1 (0)
New Renaissance Party 0 (0)
Other 0 (0)
Do not support a particular party 38 (41)
No answer/Do not know 10 (7)    

6) Do you think that PM Abe’s economic policies will grow the national economy?

Yes 32
No 44

7) Do you feel that the economy has recovered since the Abe cabinet took office?

Yes 19
No 74

8) We will now ask about the security bills which have been presented to the current Diet. Do you agree with the bills, which allow for the use of collective self-defense, and expand SDF activities abroad?

Yes 26 (29)
No 56 (53)

9) Do you believe that these bills—should they become law—would contribute positively to peace, and to Japan’s safety?

Yes 31
No 42

10) Do you believe that these security bills violate the Japanese Constitution?

Yes 48
No 24

11) Do you think that PM Abe has been courteous when addressing the public about the security bills?

Yes 15 (12)
No 67 (69)

12) The Abe administration aims to pass the new security bill in the Diet’s current term. Do you believe that it is necessary to pass the bills within the current term?

Yes 19 (17)
No 66 (65)

13) PM Abe apologized to the Diet for remarks that were leaked from an LDP study group. A member of the study group had commented that the LDP might “punish media [that opposed the security legislation] by taking out their ad revenues.” Did this incident improve, worsen, or have no effect on your impression of the LDP?

Improved my impression 2
Worsened my impression 34
No effect 57

14) In 10 years, there is projected to be a shortage of nursing homes and care providers in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area. The Japan Policy Council has proposed that as a result, elderly in urban areas should be urged to move into rural areas which have better care services. Do you agree with this proposal?

Yes 26
No 44

15) If there were a lack of nursing homes and care providers in your area, would you consider moving to another area?

Yes 23
No 69

16) A new national sports stadium will be built in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. The custom design is projected to cost ¥252,000,000,000. Are you satisfied with this cost projection?

Yes 18
No 71

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