Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (03/18/14)

Key Issues
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe
  • Prime Minister Abe's economic policies
  • Support for nuclear power plants
Dates Conducted

March 15th and March 16th, 2014

Date Released

March 18th, 2014

Methodology

On March 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, 3402 sets of numbers turned out to be valid home numbers. There were 1721 valid responses; therefore the response rate was 51%.

(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 ◇, follow up questions that were asked to corresponding respondents and the numbers within <> represents its ratio to all the participants. Numbers within ( ) are results from February 15th and 16th, 2014.)

Survey

Q1. ◆Do you support the Abe Cabinet?

Yes 50 (47)
No 29 (30)

 

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 11 <5> 9 <3>
LDP-centered cabinet 18 <9> 19 <5>
Policy Aspects 49 <24> 59 <17>
No particular reason 20 <10> 10 <3>

 

Q2. ◆ Which party do you currently support?

Liberal Democratic Party 37 (34)
Democratic Party Japan 5 (6)
Japan Restoration Party 1 (1)
New Komeito 3 (3)
Your Party 1 (1)
Yuinotoh Party 0 (0)
Japan Communist Party 3 (2)
People’s Life Party 0 (0)
Social Democratic Party 0 (0)
Green Wind 0 (0)
New Party Daichi 0 (0)
New Renaissance Party 0 (0)
Other 0 (1)
Do not support a particular party 42 (46)
No answer/Do not know 8 (6)

 

Q3. ◆ Do you expect economic policies by Prime Minister Abe would help Japanese economy to grow or not?

Possible to expect 45 (42)
Do not expect to grow 37 (38)

 

Q4. ◆ Do you expect economic policies by Prime Minister Abe would increase wages and employment or not?

Possible to expect 40
Do not to expect to increase 43

 

Q5. ◆ Do you feel your own life standard got better or worse off due to economic policies by Prime Minister Abe or didn’t change at all?

Improved 5
Worsened 16
Did not change at all 78

 

Q6. ◆ To what extent do you predict the consumption tax hike to 8% in April would increase burden on your family budget?

Heavily increase burden 18
Partly increase burden 61
Not increase so much 18
Not affect at all 2

 

Q7. ◆ Are you in favor or against the consumption tax hike to 10% in the next October?

In favor 23
Against 68

 

Q8. ◆ Do you support the way that Prime Minister Abe is currently working on the social security?

Support 30
Do not support 46

 

Q9. ◆ Do you think this consumption tax hike would lead to the stability in the social security or not?

Lead to the stability in the social security 36
Do not think the tax hike would lead to the stability 51

 

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

Favor 28
Against 59

 

Q11. ◆ Are you in favor or against gradually decreasing the total number of the Nuclear Power plants and abandon them all in the future?

Favor 77
Against 14

 

Q12. ◆ Do you support the way that Prime Minister Abe is currently working on Nuclear Power plants policy?

Support 25
Don not support 53

 

Q13. ◆ To what extent do you feel anxiety for happening crucial nuclear incidents other than the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant (Choose one from the followings)

Strongly feel such anxiety 36
Partly feel such anxiety 50
Do not feel anxiety so much 11
Do not heel anxiety at all 1

 

Q14. ◆ It has not yet decided as to where to dispose nuclear wastes that are generated from spent nuclear fuels. To what extent do you think this is problematic?

Very problematic 76
Partly problematic 19
Not problematic so much 3
Not problematic at all 1

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