Asahi Shimbun Emergency Public Opinion Poll (07/06/14)

Key Issues
  • Support for Abe’s Allowance of Collective Self-Defense
  • Abduction Issues between Japan and North Korea
Dates Conducted

July 4th and 5th, 2014

Date Released

July 6th, 2014


On July 4th and 5th, researchers called numbers nationwide (excluding certain districts in Fukushima) arbitrarily formulated by a computer, also known as the “Asahi RDD” method. Out of the numbers formulated by the computer, 2227 sets of numbers turned out to be valid home phone numbers. There were 1020 valid responses; therefore, the response rate was 46%.

Numbers indicated are in percentage. The numbers are rounded to the nearest ones. Some of the questions and answers are omitted. Questions with ◆, indicates those that were asked to all the participants. Questions with ◇, indicate follow up questions that were asked to corresponding respondents and the numbers within〈 〉represents its rations to all the participants. Numbers within (  ) are results from June 21st and 22nd.


Q1. ◆ Do you support the Abe Cabinet?

Yes 44 (43)
No 33 (33)


Q1. a) ◇(For the 44% that answered they support Abe)Do you expect to continue to support Abe?

Will continue to support for foreseeable future 42 <18>
Won't necessarily continue to support Abe 45 <20>


Q1. b) ◇(For the 33% that answered they do not support Abe)Do you expect to continue to oppose Abe?

Cannot foresee supporting Abe 45 <15>
Could end up supporting Abe 43 <14>


Q2. ◆ Which party do you currently support?

Liberal Democratic Party 35 (33)
Democratic Party Japan 4 (4)
Japan Restoration Party 1 (1)
New Komeito 3 (2)
Your Party 0 (1)
Yuinotoh Party 0 (0)
Japan Communist Party 2 (3)
People’s Life Party 0 (0)
Social Democratic Party 1 (0)
Green Wind 0 (0)
New Party Daichi 0 (0)
New Renaissance Party 0 (0)
Other Parties 0 (1)
Do not support a particular party 46 (46)
No answer/Do not know 8 (9)


Q3. ◆ The right to collective self-defense is the right to fight with the Japanese close allies, such as the U.S., if those allies are attacked even if Japan itself is not under attack. Until the recent revision, the Japanese Government had interpreted the Constitution of Japan to not allow Japan to carry on the right to collective self-defense, but the Abe Administration has just reinterpreted the Constitution of Japan so that Japan can exercise the right to collective self-defense.  Do you think it was good for Japan to be a country that can carry out the right to collective self-defense?

It was good 30
It was not good 50


Q4. ◆ Prime Minister Abe plans to change the interpretation of the constitution of Japan to allow the use of the right to collective self-defense based on the Cabinet’s decision, without discussions at the Diet and the nation’s approval. Do you think this way of proceeding is appropriate?

Appropriate 18
Inappropriate 63


Q5. ◆ Do you think the Abe Administration’s discussions over collective self-defense are enough?

Enough 14
Not enough 72


Q6. ◆ The Abe Administration has decided that using collective self-defense is limited to necessity.  Do you think the Japanese Government can stick to this rule when using collective self-defense?

Yes 26
No 51


Q7. ◆ Abe Administration has enabled Japan to use the right of collective self-defense. Do you think pacifism which the Constitution of Japan declares will still be maintained?

Yes 37
No 40


Q8. ◆ Japan and North Korea discussed abduction issues where North Korea promised Japan that North Korea will conduct investigation on abduction issues again and in return Japan promised North Korea that Japan will lift a part of sanctions against North Korea.  Do you evaluate the decision by the Japanese Government?

Yes 48
No 29


Q9. ◆ Can you expect the Japanese Government to make advances toward resolving abduction issues or not?

Yes 40
No 39


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