Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (10/7/13)

Key Issues
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe
  • Abe’s economic policy
  • Tokyo bid for the Olympics
Dates Conducted

October 5th and 6th, 2013

Date Released

October 7th, 2013


Polling for both 5th and 6th October were conducted using the “Asahi RDD” method, in which pollsters dialed numbers randomly selected by a computer. The poll targeted all electorates nationwide (not including certain districts of Fukushima). 3400 were house phones, and the number of valid results was 1897 (56%).


Numbers indicate percentages. Decimal points are rounded. Some questions and answers have been omitted. ◆ indicates questions asked to all participants. ◇ indicate follow-up questions. Numbers in 〈〉indicate the percentage of all respondents. Numbers in () indicate poll results from September 7th and 8th.

Q1. ◆ Do you support the Abe cabinet?

Support 56 (57)
Do not support 24 (24)


Q1. a) ◇ Please give a reason for your answer (Select one option. Numbers on the left represent the 56% of people who answered yes, whilst the numbers on the right represent the 24% of people who answered no.)

Abe is the Prime Minister 13〈7〉 7〈2〉
It is an LDP led cabinet 17〈9〉 21〈5〉
Policy 53〈30〉 59〈14〉
No particular reason 15〈8〉 10〈2〉


Q2. ◆ Which political party do you currently support?

Liberal Democratic Party 40 (38)
Democratic Party of Japan 5 (4)
Japan Restoration Party 1 (2)
New Komeito 3 (4)
Your Party 1 (2)
Japan Communist Party 2 (3)
People’s Life Party 0 (0)
Social Democratic Party 1 (1)
Green Wind 0 (0)
New Party Daichi 0 (0)
New Renaissance Party 0(0)
Other 0 (0)
Do not support a particular party 42 (40)
Do not want to answer/Don’t know 5 (6)


Q3. ◆Prime Minister Abe has announced that the consumption tax will be raised to 8% from next April. Do you support this decision?

Yes 51
No 38


Q4. ◆Do you support raising the consumption tax to 10% next October?

Yes 24
No 63


Q5. ◆The Abe administration has announced a 5 trillion yen economic policy centered on tax breaks for public works and corporations. Do you support this economic policy?

Yes 41
No 40


Q6. ◆The Abe administration is planning to abolish the corporate restoration tax, the revenue of which was being used for restoration efforts in light of the Great East Japan Earthquake one year earlier than planned. Do you support this plan?

Yes 27
No 56


Q7. ◆The Abe administration is aiming to increase employment and wages by decreasing corporate tax. Do you think that a decrease in corporate taxes will lead to an increase in employment and wages?

Yes 21
No 63


Q8. ◆Do you think that increasing the consumption tax will lead to the stability for social security?

Yes 39
No 47


Q9. ◆Tokyo has been chosen as the host city for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Do you think this is a good thing?

Yes 77
No 16


Q10. ◆Do you think that holding the Tokyo Olympics will lead to greater restoration efforts for the Great East Japan Earthquake, or do you think it will lead to the postponement of restoration efforts?

It will lead to greater restoration efforts 37
It will postpone the restoration efforts 46


Q11. ◆Prime Minister Abe, during his speech in Tokyo’s bid for the Olympics, has stated that the situation in Fukushima is “under control”. Do you agree with this statement?

Yes 11
No 76


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