Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (9/10/13)

Key Issues
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe
  • Support for the Abe administration’s measures for the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant
  • Opinions on the Japanese economy, including opinions on TPP
  • Japan-China relations
Dates Conducted

September 7th and 8th, 2013

Date Released

September 10th, 2013


Polling for both 7th and 8th September 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). 3496 were house phones, and the number of valid results was 1925 (55%).


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 August 24th and 25th.

Q1. ◆Do you support the Abe cabinet?

Support 57 (55)
Do not support 24 (27)


Q1. a) ◇Please give a reason for your answer. (Select one option. Numbers on the left represent the 57% of people who answered yes, while the numbers on the right represent the 24% of people who answered no.)

Abe is the Prime Minister 12〈7〉 5〈1〉
It is an LDP led cabinet 20〈11〉 26〈6〉
Policy 49〈28〉 53〈13〉
No particular reason 17〈10〉 11〈3〉


Q2. ◆Which political party do you currently support?

Liberal Democratic Party 38 (38)
Democratic Party of Japan 4 (6)
Japan Restoration Party 2 (2)
New Komeito 4 (3)
Your Party 2 (2)
Japan Communist Party 3 (2)
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 (1)
Do not support a particular party 40 (40)
Do not want to answer/Don’t know 6 (5)


Q3. ◆Do you support restarting nuclear power plants which have currently stopped operating?

Yes 27
No 56


Q4. ◆Do you support the Abe administration’s measures for the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant?

Yes 28
No 50


Q5. ◆How serious do you think is the problem of radioactive contaminated water that comes from the Fukushima Daiichi power plant? (Select one)

Very serious 72
A little serious 23
Not very serious 3
Not serious at all 0


Q6. ◆This month, the Abe administration has decided upon measures for the contaminated water. Do you think the Abe administration’s response was quick, or slow?

Quick 15
Slow 72


Q8. ◆Do you think the state should be more forward about the contaminated water problem?

Yes 89
No 5


Q9. ◆Do you agree with raising the consumption tax to 8% next April, and raising it to 10% by October the year after next?

Agree 39 (43)
Disagree 52 (49)


Q10. ◆Do you think you will cut household spending once the consumption tax has been raised to 8% next April?

Yes 65
No 29


Q11. ◆Do you feel that the economy has recovered since the Abe administration has taken over?

Yes 16
No 80


Q12. ◆How insecure do you feel about the deteriorating conditions of Japan’s finances? (Select one)

Very insecure 37
A little insecure 47
Not very insecure 12
Not insecure at all 3


Q13. ◆Do you support Japan’s participation in the TPP?

Yes 48
No 26


Q14. ◆It has been one year since Japan nationalized the Senkaku islands. Do you support this decision?

Yes 56
No 24


Q15. ◆How problematic do you think is the deterioration of Japan-China relations? (Select one)

Very problematic 32
Slightly problematic 50
Not very problematic 13
Not problematic at all 3


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