Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (02/28/14)

Key Issues  
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe
  • Prime Minister Abe's foreign policies toward China and South Korea
  • Regional education systems
Dates Conducted

February 15th-18th, 2014

Date Released

February 28th, 2014


On February 15th and 16th, 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, 3493 sets of numbers turned out to be valid home phone numbers. There were 1801 valid responses; therefore the response rate was 52%.

(Numbers indicated are in percentage. 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 ratios to all the participants. Numbers within(  )are results from January 25th and 26th.)


Q1. ◆Do you support the Abe Cabinet?

Yes 47 (50)
No 30 (29)


Q1.  a) ◇ What is your reasoning? (Choose one reason from a provided selection. Answers on the left represent the 47% who support the cabinet, and those on the right represent the 30% who are opposed)

Support Opposed
Because Abe is the PM 12 〈5〉 8〈3〉
It’s LDP-centered cabinet 17〈8〉 24〈7〉
Abe’s Policy Aspects 48〈22〉 53〈16〉
No particular reason 21〈10〉 11〈3〉


Q2. ◆ Which party do you currently support?

Liberal Democratic Party 34 (35)
Democratic Party Japan 6 (5)
Japan Restoration Party 1 (2)
New Komeito 3 (3)
Your Party 1 (0)
Yuinotoh Party 0 (0)
Japan Communist Party 2 (3)
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 1 (0)
Do not support a particular party 46 (43)
No answer/Do not know 6 (8)


Q3. ◆Do you think that we can expect the economic growth with economic policies by P.M. Abe?

Yes 42
No 33


Q4. ◆Are you in favor or against the P.M. Abe’s policies toward China and South Korea?

Yes 33
No 48


Q5. ◆To what degree do you think it matters if Japan-China and Japan-Korea relations deteriorate? (choose one)

Matters a lot 28
Matters to some degree 50
Doesn’t matter so much 15
Doesn’t matter at all 4


Q6. ◆Do you think P.M. Abe should rush to hold a summit conference with China and Korea?

Yes 52
No 34


Q7. ◆Do you think that P.M. Abe’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine had a bad influence on Japan’s foreign policy?

Yes 56
No 36


Q8. ◆Concerning regional educational policies under the administration of Board of Education; do you prefer the system which reflects more political thought from governors and mayors in educational administration? Or do you prefer the system which is not determined by political thought from governors and mayors?

The former system 22
The latter system 59


Q9. ◆Do you think we need a certain restraint in order not for politicians to distort the contents of learning at school?

Yes 75
No 13


Q10. ◆Do you agree with the idea of “Grade Skipping” (students with high grades skipping some academic years) in compulsory education?

Agree 51
Disagree 38


Q11. ◆Do you agree with the idea of students with poor grades remaining the same class for another year in compulsory education?

Agree 34
Disagree 48


Q12. ◆Do you agree with utilizing nuclear power generation?

Agree 34
Disagree 48


Q13. ◆Do you think that Japanese people’s interest in the victims of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station is fading?

Yes 69
No 27


Q14. ◆To what degree are you hesitant to consume the food products from Fukushima Prefecture?

Very much 8
To some degree 32
Not much 33
Not at all 25


Q15. ◆Do you have any children who have yet to enter middle school in your family?

Yes 29
No 71


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