Asahi Shinbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (02/17/2015)

Key Issues
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe
  • Views on Fukushima
  • Views on Prime Minister’s talk on historical issues
Dates Conducted

February 14-15, 2015

Date Released

February 17, 2015


Researchers phoned citizens across the country (excluding certain districts in Fukushima) on February 14 and 15. The phone numbers were generated randomly using the “Asahi RDD” method. 3932 of the total computer-generated numbers represented valid home numbers. Out of this total the response rate was 47%, with 1840 valid responses.

Notes on poll information: Poll numbers are percentages. Decimals are rounded to the nearest whole number.Some questions and answers have been abbreviated. Numbers in parentheses are results from an earlier January 17- 18, 2015 poll.


1) Do you support the Abe cabinet?

Yes 50 (42)
No 31 (37)



2) Why do you support or not support the Abe cabinet? (Participants chose from a selection of answers. The left data column represents the 42% who support the Abe cabinet, and the right data column represents the 37% who do not support the Abe cabinet)

Abe is the Prime Minister 11 (5) 11 (3)
LDP-centered cabinet 24 (12)  23 (7)
Policy aspect 43 (21) 54 (16)
No particular reason 18 (9) 10 (3)


3) To those who support the Abe cabinet: Will you continue to support the Abe cabinet?

Yes 45 (23)
No 52 (26)

4) To those who do not support the Abe cabinet: Will you continue to withhold support from the Abe cabinet?

Yes 60 (18)
May support the cabinet in the future 34 (10)


5) Which party do you currently support?

LDP 40 (33)
DPJ 7 (9)
Japan Restoration Party 2 (3)
Komeito 4 (4)
Next generation’s Party 0 (0)
Japan Communist Party 4 (4)
People’s Life Party 0(0)
Social Democratic Party 1 (1)
Genki Party 0 (0)
Sunrise Party 0 (0)
New Renaissance Party 0 (0)
Other 1 (0)
Do not support a particular party 35 (38)
No answer/Do not know 7 (7)




6) Do you support the government’s handling of the IS hostage crisis?

Yes 50
No 29


7) How much do you worry that terrorists will target Japanese citizens again?

Very much 32
A little 54
Not much 11
Not at all 2


8) PM Abe continues to send refugee support and food aid to the Middle East, even in the wake of the hostage crisis. Do you support this decision?

Yes 72
No 14



9) Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

Yes 37
No 44



10) Do you think citizens are beginning to pay less attention to victims of the Fukushima nuclear disaster?

Yes 73
No 23



11) Do you generally refrain from buying food made in Fukushima?

Yes 23
No 72


12) Shibuya, Tokyo will issue certificates to same-sex couples, and request that Shibuya residents and companies treat these same-sex couples equally to opposite sex married couples. Do you support this?

Yes 52
No 27



13) Do you think same-sex marriage should be legal?

Yes 41
No 37



14) This year marks the 70th anniversary of World War II. The government issued statements on the 50th and 60th anniversaries respectively, which acknowledged Japan’s responsibility for inflicting widespread suffering in Asia during the war. The statements included language such as “serious reflection” and “heartfelt apology” with reference to the colonization and invasion of Asia.

Do you support these statements?

Yes 62
No 20



15) The government will issue another statement this year. Do you think this year’s statement should also contain the words “colonization and invasion,” “serious reflection,” and “heartfelt apology”?

Yes 52
No 31



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