Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (09/08/14)

Key Issues  
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe
  • Views on Prime Minister Abe's reformed cabinet
Dates Conducted

September 6th to September 7th, 2014

Date Released

September 8th, 2014


From September 6th to September 7th, researchers called numbers nationwide (excluding certain districts in Fukushima) arbitrary formulated by the computer, also known as the “Asahi RDD” method. Out of the numbers formulated by the computer, 3665 sets of numbers turned out to be valid home phone numbers. There were 1614 valid responses; therefore the response rate was 44%. (Indicated numbers are in percentages. Decimal places are rounded off. Some questions and answers are omitted. Numbers within the parenthesis are results from August 23rd to August 24th.)



Q1. ◆ Do you support the Abe Cabinet?

Yes 47(42)
No 30(35)


Q1. a) ◇What is your reasoning? (Participants chose their reasoning from a selection of answers. Answers on the left represent the47% who support the cabinet, and those on the left represent the 30% who are opposed.)

The Prime Minister is Mr. Abe 18(8) 9(3)
LDP-centered cabinet 19(9) 20(6)
Policy Aspect 40(19) 62(19)
Just Because 20(9) 6(2)


Q1. b) ◇(To those who support the Abe Cabinet) Will you continue to support the Abe Cabinet?

Will continue to support 40(19)
Will not necessarily continue to support 56(26)


Q1. c) (To those who do not support the Abe Cabinet) Will you continue not to support the Abe Cabinet?

Will continue not to support 57(17)
There are chances to support the Abe Cabinet 37(11)


Q4. ◆Which party do you currently support?

Liberal Democratic Party 37(34)
Democratic Party Japan 4(6)
Japan Restoration Party 1(1)
Komeito 3(2)
The Party for Future Generations 0(0)
Your Party 0(0)
Unity Party 0(0)
Japan Communist Party 2(2)
People’s Life Party 0(0)
Social Democratic Party 0(1)
New Party Daichi 0(0)
New Renaissance Party 0(0)
Other 0(0)
Do not support a particular party 46(45)
No answer/Do not know 7(9)


Q5. ◆Prime Minister Abe reformed his Cabinet on September 3rd. Seeing the new Cabinet lineup, do you favor the new lineup of the Abe Cabinet?

Yes 31
No 35


Q6. ◆Prime Minister Abe appointed 5 female officials out of 18 cabinet members. Do you favor this decision?

Yes 55
No 28


Q7. ◆Mr. Ishiba, a former LDP Secretary-General who has been regarded as a rival of Prime Minister Abe, is now a Cabinet member. Do you favor the decision that Mr. Ishiba accepted the offer of being a Cabinet member?

Yes 46
No 26


Q8. ◆Prime Minister Abe has appointed Mr. Tanigaki, a former president of LDP as a LDP Secretary-General. Do you favor this decision?

Yes 43
No 27


Q9. ◆What policy do you want Abe to put in the most effort? (Choose one of the following)

Economic conditions/Employment 35
Social security 25
Nuclear power plant/energy 13
Education 7
Foreign and security policy 11
Constitutional reform 5


Q10. ◆Do you think the economic policies of PM Abe will lead to the Japanese economic growth?

Yes 39
No 39


Q11. ◆Do you think the economic policies of PM Abe will lead to the increase in employment and wage?

Yes 28
No 53


Q12. ◆Are you for or against raising the consumption tax up to 10% in October of 2015?

For 24
Against 69


Q13. ◆Are you for or against resuming the operations of terminated nuclear power plants?

For 25
Against 57


Q14. ◆Do you think you can expect Abe to improve the relationships between China and Korea?

Yes 27
No 55


Q15. ◆Do you think the policy of increasing female headships will lead to realize a society pleasant for women?

Yes 40(38)
No 42(44)



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