Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (10/07/14)

Key Issues
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe
  • Abduction Issues between Japan and North Korea
  • Views on Abe's “Recreation of Countryside” policy
Dates Conducted

October 4th to October 5th, 2014

Date Released

October 7th, 2014


From October 4th to October 5th, 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, 4076 sets of numbers turned out to be valid home phone numbers. There were 1861 valid responses; therefore the response rate was 46%. (Indicated numbers are in percentages. Decimal places are rounded off. Some questions and answers are omitted. Numbers within the parenthesis are results from September 6th to September 7th.)


Q1. ◆ Do you support the Abe Cabinet?

Yes 46(47)
No 33(30)


Q1. a) ◇Why is a reason for your answer above? (Choose one reason from the options. Left indicates the answer of 46% who support, Right indicates the answer of 33% who does not support)

Supporters Opponents
Because the Prime Minister is Mr. Abe 12(6) 6(2)
Because LDP is dominant in the cabinet 17(8) 18(6)
Because of the policies 46(21) 65(21)
With no specific reason 23(11) 9(3)


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

Will continue to support 42(19)
Will not necessarily continue to support 54(25)


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(19)
There are chances to support the Abe Cabinet 35(11)


Q2. ◆   Which party do you currently support?

Liberal Democratic Party 34(37)
Democratic Party Japan 5(4)
Japan Restoration Party 1(1)
Komeito 3(3)
The Party for Future Generations 0(0)
Your Party 0(0)
Japan Communist Party 2(2)
People’s Life Party 0(0)
Social Democratic Party 1(0)
New Party Daichi 0(0)
Sunrise Party 0(-)
New Renaissance Party 0(0)
Other 0(0)
Do not support a particular party 46(46)
No answer/Do not know 8(7)


Q3. ◆ Is it necessary to have an opposing party to compete with the LDP?

Yes 80
No 9


Q4. ◆ Which opposing party do you expect to compete with the LDP?

Democratic Party Japan 21
Japan Restoration Party 8
Komeito 2
The Party for Future Generations 0
Your Party 1
Japan Communist Party 3
People’s Life Party 0
Social Democratic Party 1
New Party Daichi 0
Sunrise Party 0
New Renaissance Party 0
Other 1
No particular party 42
No answer/Do not know 21


Q5. ◆ Questions regarding the issue of abducted Japanese by North Korea. Are you satisfied with the efforts the Abe Cabinet takes?

Yes 50
No 31


Q6. ◆ The first report from North Korea has been delayed given the estimate the North Korean government states that the survey of the abducted issue takes about 1 year. Are you satisfied with the response from the North Korean government?

Yes 5
No 89


Q7. ◆ Do you think both governments will make a progress to settle the issue of abductees?

Yes 29
No 55


Q8. ◆ Questions regarding the declining population in countryside. Do you regard the population decline as a serious issue?

Yes 84
No 12


Q9. ◆ Prime Minister Abe has set “Recreation of Countryside” as an important policy to rejuvenate the rural areas. Do you think the policy will be successful?

Yes 36
No 47


Q10. ◆ Do you think the “Recreation of Countryside” policy will lead to put a break on the population decline in the rural areas?

Yes 18
No 58


Q11. ◆ Casinos which people can gamble are prohibited in Japan. The idea of creating a new law to build resort facilities with casinos in certain regions is under consideration. Do you support the idea to make casino-included resort facilities?

Yes 30
No 59


Q12. ◆ Do you think newly built resort facilities which have casino will lead to the economic growth in Japan by attracting more tourists?

Yes 48
No 40


Q13. ◆ If resort facilities with casinos were to be built in Japan, would you like to gamble there?

Yes 10
No 87


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