Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (12/01/2014)

Key Issues
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe's policies
  • Important policy issues for the next election
Dates Conducted

November 29-30, 2014

Date Released

December 1, 2014


From November 29 to 30, 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. 2297 sets of numbers turned out to be valid home phone numbers. There were 1180 valid responses; therefore the response rate was 51%. (Indicated numbers are in percentages. Decimal places are rounded off. Some questions and answers are omitted. Numbers within the parentheses are results from November 22 to 23, 2014)


Do you support Abe cabinet?

Yes 40(39)
No 39(40)


Which party do you currently support?

LDP 27(32)
DPJ 7(6)
Japan Restoration Party 3(1)
Komeito 4(3)
Next generation’s Party 0(0)
Japan Communist Party 4(2)
People’s Life Party 0(0)
Social Democratic Party 0(0)
New Party Daichi 0(0)
Sunrise Party 0(0)
New Renaissance Party 1(0)
Other 1(0)
Do not support a particular party 40(41)
No answer/Do not know 14(15)


If there was to be House of Representatives elections now, which party would you chose as proportional representation? Please choose from the following options.

LDP 34(37)
DPJ 13(11)
Japan Restoration Party 8(6)
Komeito 7(5)
Next generation’s Party 1(1)
Japan Communist Party 8(5)
People’s Life Party 1(2)
Social Democratic Party 2(1)
New Renaissance Party 1(0)
Other 2 (2)
No answer/Do not know 23 (30)


In the next election which outcome do you think the best?

Ruling party gets more seats 18
Opposition party gets more seats 36
Same number as before 31


Which policy aspect would you consider as the most important factor in the next election?

Economy & Employment 47
Postpone Consumption tax rise 29
Child education & women’s work 30
Revitalization of local city 19
Restart of nuclear plant 15
Implementation of collective self-defense 12
Reducing the number of diet members 33


Do you support PM Abe’s economic policies for the past two years?

Yes 37
No 30


Do you support PM Abe’s decision to postpone the date of raising consumption tax rate?

Yes 43
No 40


Do you support PM Abe’s decision to change the interpretation of Constitution to implement collective self-defense?

Yes 32
No 50


Do you support to restart nuclear power plant?

Yes 28
No 56


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