Asahi Shimbun Nationwide Emergency Opinion Poll (12/02/13)

Key Issues
  • Passing of the Special Secrecy Law in the House of Representatives
Dates Conducted

November 30th and December 1st, 2012

Date Released

December 2nd, 2013


Polling was conducted on 30th November and 1st December using the “Asahi RDD” method, in which pollsters dialed numbers randomly selected by a computer. The poll targeted all electorates nationwide (not including certain districts of Fukushima). 2018 were house phones, and the number of valid responses was 1001 (50%).


Numbers are in percentages. Some questions and answers have been omitted. Numbers in brackets represent answers from polls conducted on 9th and 10th November

Q1. ◆ Do you support the Abe cabinet?

Support 49 (53)
Do not support 30 (25)


Q2. ◆ Which political party do you currently support?

Liberal Democratic Party 36 (36)
Democratic Party of Japan 5 (5)
Japan Restoration Party 3 (2)
New Komeito 2 (3)
Your Party 2 (2)
Japan Communist Party 3 (2)
People’s Life Party 0 (0)
Social Democratic Party 0 (1)
Green Wind 0 (0)
New Party Daichi 0 (0)
New Renaissance Party 0 (0)
Other 0 (0)
Do not support a particular party 36 (42)
Do not want to answer/ Don’t know 13 (7)


Q3. ◆ The ”Special Secrecy Law” imposes harsher punishment on anybody leaking state secrets or illegally obtaining state secrets, in order to prevent the leaking of state secrets. On the other hand, there is a possibility that this law will enable the state to hide inconvenient truths, and will restrict the right to know of citizens. Do you agree with the Special Secrecy Law?

Yes 25 (30)
No 50 (42)


Q4. ◆ This law was steamrollered by the ruling party in the House of Representatives. Do you think steamrolling of laws is a problem?

Yes 61
No 24


Q5. ◆ The Special Secrecy Law is now being debated in the House of Councillors. What do you think should be done in regards to this law?

It should be passed during the current diet session 14
There needs to be continued debate 51
It needs to be abolished 22


Q6. ◆ In this law, the government decides which information to designate as secret. Do you trust the government to make this decision?

Yes 22
No 63


Q7. ◆ Do you think that a third party organization that checks the government classification of secrets is necessary?

Yes 78
No 12


Q8. ◆ How afraid are you that the types of information covered under the Special Secrecy Law will expand? (Select one)

Very afraid 26 (19)
Somewhat afraid 52 (49)
Not very afraid 15 (22)
Not afraid at all 4 (5)


Q9. ◆ How likely do you think that the passing of this law will result in the concealing of information that the public should know, and would therefore subsequently lead to the infringement of the people’s right to know? (Select one)

Very likely 32
Somewhat likely 50
Not very likely 12
Not likely at all 2


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