Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (01/28/14)

Key Issues
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe
  • U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma
  • Reopening nuclear power plants
Dates Conducted

January 25th and January 26th, 2014

Date Released

January 28th, 2014


On January 25th and 26th, researchers called numbers nationwide (excluding certain districts in Fukushima) arbitrary formulated by a computer, also known as the “Asahi RDD” method. Out of the numbers formulated by the computer, 3439 sets of numbers turned out to be valid home phone numbers. There were 1914 valid responses; therefore the response rate was 52%.
(Numbers indicated are in percentages. The numbers are rounded to the nearest ones. Some of the questions and answers are omitted. Questions with ◆, indicate those that were asked to all the participants. Questions with ◇, indicate follow up questions that were asked to corresponding respondents and the numbers within 〈 〉represent its ratio to all the participants. Numbers within (  ) are results from December 7th 2013.)


Q1. ◆Do you support the Abe Cabinet?

Yes 50 (46)
No 29 (34)


Q1.  a) ◇ What is your reasoning? (Participants were asked to choose one reason from a provided selection. Answers on the left represent the 50% who support the cabinet, and those on the right represent the 29% who are opposed.

Support Opposed
Abe is the PM 14 〈7〉 8〈2〉
LDP-centered cabinet 17〈9〉 19〈6〉
Policy Aspects 47〈23〉 60〈17〉
No particular reason 18〈9〉 9〈3〉


Q2. ◆ Which party do you currently support?

Liberal Democratic Party 35 (35)
Democratic Party Japan 5 (6)
Japan Restoration Party 2 (1)
New Komeito 3 (3)
Your Party 0 (2)
Yuinotoh Party 0 (-)
Japan Communist Party 3 (3)
People’s Life Party 0 (0)
Social Democratic Party 1 (1)
Green Wind 0 (0)
New Party Daichi 0 (0)
New Renaissance Party 0 (0)
Other 0 (1)
Do not support a particular party 43 (39)
No answer/Do not know 8 (9)


Q3. ◆Are you in favor or against moving the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago in Okinawa?

In Favor 36
Against 34


Q3.  a) (For those who are against the move) What do you think of the appropriate course of action for the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma?

Relocation to another location in Okinawa 3〈1〉
Relocation to another location outside of Okinawa 23〈8〉
Relocation to another country 51〈17〉
No relocation necessary 19〈6〉


Q4. ◆On January 19th, a mayor opposed to the relocation of the Air Station to Henoko was elected in the Nago mayoral election. Despite election results, the Abe administration is proceeding with the relocation. Are you in favor or against the approach taken by the administration?

In favor 33
Against 46


Q5. ◆74% of the U.S. forces bases and facilities are located in Okinawa. It is argued that the number of US forces’ bases do not decrease in Okinawa due to the discrimination against Okinawa by the Mainland. Do you agree?

Yes 26
No 59


Q6. ◆Last December Prime Minister Abe visited and paid respect to the Yasukuni Shrine. Do you think he was right in doing so, or not?

Right 41
Wrong 46


Q7. ◆China, South Korea, United States, and Russia heavily criticized Prime Minister Abe for visiting the Yasukuni Shrine. Do you think it is important to take these criticisms seriously or not?

Take criticisms seriously 51
No need to take criticism so seriously 40


Q8. ◆Are you in favor or against the country making a secular facility to commemorate those who have died in wars?

In Favor 50
Against 29


Q9. ◆What are your thoughts on nuclear power and its potential usage?

Exterminate as soon as possible 15
Exterminate in the near future 62
Employ nuclear power 19


Q10. ◆Are you in favor or against reopening the Nuclear Power plants that are currently shut down?

In favor 31
Against 56


Q11. ◆Do you think it is reasonable to focus on the issue of Nuclear Power during the next Tokyo Mayoral elections?

Reasonable 38
Unreasonable 49


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