- Support for Prime Minister Abe
- Views on Security Policy
- Views on nuclear power plants
May 16-17, 2015
May 19, 2015
Researchers called citizens across the country (excluding certain districts in Fukushima) on May 16 and 17. The phone numbers were generated randomly using the “Asahi RDD” method. 4088 of the total computer-generated numbers represented valid home phone numbers. Out of this total, the response rate was 49% with 1988 valid responses.
Notes on poll information: Poll numbers are percentages. Decimals are rounded to the nearest whole number. Some questions and answers have been abbreviated. Numbers in parentheses are results from an earlier April 18-19, 2015 poll.
1) Do you support the Abe cabinet?
2) Why do you support or not support the Abe cabinet? (Participants chose from a selection of answers. The left data column represents the 45% who support the Abe cabinet, and the right data column represents the 32% who do not support the Abe cabinet)
|Abe is the Prime Minister||16 (7)||5 (2)|
|LDP-centered cabinet||22 (10)||21 (7)|
|Policy aspect||44 (20)||63 (20)|
|No particular reason||16 (7)||8 (3)|
3) To those who support the Abe cabinet: Will you continue to support the Abe cabinet?
4) To those who do not support the Abe cabinet: Will you continue to withhold support from the Abe cabinet?
5) Which party do you currently support?
|Japan Restoration Party||3 (3)|
|Party for Future Generations||0 (0)|
|Japan Communist Party||4 (5)|
|People’s Life Party||0(0)|
|Social Democratic Party||0 (1)|
|Genki Party||0 (0)|
|Sunrise Party||0 (0)|
|New Renaissance Party||0 (0)|
|Do not support a particular party||33 (34)|
|No answer/Do not know||10 (10)|
6) Do you agree with the national security bill that has been presented to the current Diet? The bill permits the use of collective self-defense.
7) In the case of an international situation that threatens Japanese peace and security, the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) may support U.S. forces as they diminish the situation. However, the SDF may only provide support within Japan’s immediate geographical vicinity. Do you support the bill that would extend the geographical reach of foreign military support?
8) We will now ask about SDF deployment, in case of international conflicts that do not threaten to Japanese peace and security. At the present time, the Diet is required to pass a new law each time they wish to deploy the SDF in these circumstances. The new bill would allow the government to deploy SDF forces abroad without passing a new law each time. Do you support this bill?
9) Under the new national security bill, collective self-defense and military support operations may only be executed with majority Diet approval. Do you think this approval requirement acts as a check on SDF activities?
10) PM Abe argues that “Japan will never get caught up in a U.S. war.” Do you agree with this?
11) The Abe administration aims to pass the new national security bill in the Diet’s current term. Do you believe that it must be passed within this term?
12) This year the Japanese and U.S. governments revised the Guidelines for Defense Cooperation. The revision strengthened the Japan-U.S. security alliance, and expanded the possibilities for SDF - U.S. military cooperation. Do you support this revision?
13) In the revised Guidelines, America promises to participate in SDF defense of the Senkaku islands. Do you approve of this?
14) What should be done about nuclear energy?
|Cease use immediately||16|
|Cease use in the near future||56|
|Continue to use||23|
15) The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) released plans to decrease nuclear energy use by the year 2030. By that year, nuclear energy would account for 20- 22% of national power. Do you think 20-22% is too high, or too low?
|It is fine||34|
16) Do you support reopening nuclear power plants?