Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (11/21/2014)

Key Issues
  • Support for Prime Minister's policies
  • Views on rise in consumption tax
Dates Conducted

November 19-20, 2014

Date Released

November 21, 2014

Methodology

From November 19 to 20, researcher called numbers nationwide(excluding certain districts in Fukushima)arbitrary formulated by the computer, also known as the “Asahi RDD” method. Out of numbers formulated by the computer, 2099 sets of numbers turned out to be valid home phone numbers. There were 1116 valid responses; therefore the response rate was 53%. (Indicated numbers are in percentages. Decimal places are rounded off. Some questions and answers are omitted. Numbers within the parenthesis are results from November 8 to 9, 2014.)

Survey

Do you support Abe cabinet?

Yes 39(42)
No 40(36)

 

Which party currently do you support?

LDP 32(33)
DPJ 5(6)
Japan Restoration Party 1(1)
Komeito 3(2)
Next generation’s Party 0(0)
Japan Communist Party 3(2)
People’s Life Party 0(0)
Social Democratic Party 0(1)
New Party Daichi 0(0)
Sunrise Party 0(0)
New Renaissance Party 0(0)
Other 1(0)
Do not support a particular party 40(48)
No answer/Do not know 15(7)

 

If there would be House of Representatives election right now, which party would you chose as proportional representation? Please choose following options:

LDP 37
DPJ 13
Japan Restoration Party 6
Komeito 4
Next generation’s Party 0
Japan Communist Party 6
People’s Life Party 1
Social Democratic Party 1
New Party Daichi 0
Sunrise Party 0
New Renaissance Party 0
Other 2
No answer/Do not know 30

 

In November 21, PM Abe dissolved House of Representatives for snap election in December. Do you agree to dissolve lower house and set an election in this period?

Yes 18
No 62

 

PM Abe stated that he treats the election as a referendum on his decision to delay in consumption tax hike. Do you agree or disagree with his decision?

Agree 33
Disagree 49

 

PM Abe stated that he will not raise the consumption tax to 10 percent in October next year as stated but will postpone it to April, 2017. Do you agree or disagree with his decision?

Agree 33
Disagree 49

 

Do you agree to a rise in consumption tax to 10 percent by April 2017?

Yes 39
No 49

Do you think overall PM Abe’s economic policies have been success or failure?

Success 30
Failure 39

Do you think PM Abe’s economic policies help wage or employment to be increased or not?

I think his policies help 20
I don’t think so 65

 

Two year ago, PM Abe promised that he would reduce the fixed number of House of Representatives, but at this moment it has not been realized. How do you think PM Abe dissolve House of Representatives for snap election under such condition?

Very concerned 39
Concerned 38
Not very concerned 14
Not concerned 3

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