Asahi Shimbun Urgent Public Opinion Poll (7/24/2013)

Key Issues
  • Support for the Abe Cabinet
  • Domestic policies
Dates Conducted

July 22 and 23, 2013

Date Released

July 24, 2013


From the afternoon of July 22nd to the night of the 23rd, 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, 2127 sets of numbers turned out to be valid home phone numbers. There were 1114 valid responses; therefore the response rate was 52%.

Indicated numbers are in percentages. Decimal places are rounded off. Some questions and answers are omitted. Numbers within the parenthesis are results from July 13th and 14th.


Q1. ◆ Do you support the Abe Cabinet?

Yes 54 (53)
No 26 (25)


Q2. ◆ Which party do you currently support?

Liberal Democratic Party 39 (35)
Democratic Party Japan 7 (4)
Japan Restoration Party 3 (2)
New Komeito 4 (6)
Your Party 4 (2)
Japan Communist Party 4 (3)
People’s Life Party 0 (0)
Social Democratic Party 0 (1)
Green Wind 0 (0)
New Party Daichi 0 (0)
New Renaissance Party 0 (0)
Other 0 (1)
Do not support a particular party 31 (38)
No answer/Do not know 8 (8)


Q3. ◆ Did you vote in the most recent election for the House of Councilors? If so, in the proportional-representation constituency section, which party or which party’s candidate did you vote for?

Liberal Democratic Party 31
Democratic Party of Japan 10
Japan Restoration Party 6
New Komeito 7
Your Party 6
Japan Communist Party 8
People’s Life Party 0
Social Democratic Party 1
Green Wind 1
New Party Daichi 0
Other 1
Did not vote 21
Do not want to answer/Do not know 8


Q4. ◆ After the election of the House of Councilors the ruling party, the LDP and the New Komeito, become the majority in both the House of Councilors and the House of Representatives. As a result the “twist” or the nejire has been untwined in Japanese politics. Are you satisfied with the result?

Yes 53
No 24


Q5. ◆ Are you more hopeful or anxious about the policies that the LDP will promote?

Hopeful 41
Anxious 39


Q6. ◆ Do you think the LDP won the election for the House of Councilors due to their values, or do you think they won because the opposing parties were unappealing?

LDP’s Values 17
Unappealing Opposition 66


Q7. ◆ Is it necessary to have an opposing party to compete with the LDP?

Yes 83
No 8


Q8. ◆ What policy do you want Abe to put in the most effort? (Choose one of the following)

Economy and Employment 35
Social Security 25
Nuclear Power/Energy 11
Education 9
Diplomacy and Security 9
Constitutional Amendment 4


Q9. ◆ Do you think the economic policies of PM Abe will lead to the increase in employment and wage?

Yes 35 (33)
No 41 (48)


Q10. ◆ LDP is insistent on resuming the operations of the nuclear power plants. Are you for or against LDP’s stance on nuclear power plants?

For 33
Against 52


Q11. ◆ Are you for or against raising the consumption tax up to 8% by April of next year and up to 10% in October of 2015?

For 30
Against 58


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