- Support for Prime Minister Abe
- Views on political contribution
- Views on local government
March 14-15, 2015
March 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. 3978 of the total computer-generated numbers represented valid home numbers. Out of this total the response rate was 48%, with 1921 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 February 14-15, 2015 poll.
1) Do you support the Abe cabinet?
2) Why do you support or not support the Abe cabinet? (Participants chose from a selection of possible answers. The left data column represents the 46% who support the Abe cabinet, and the right data column represents the 33% who do not support the Abe cabinet)
|Abe is the Prime Minister||14 (6)||9 (3)|
|LDP-centered cabinet||23 (11)||24 (8)|
|Policy aspect||44 (20)||54 (18)|
|No particular reason||17 (8)||9 (3)|
3) To those who support the Abe cabinet: Will you continue to support the Abe cabinet?
4) To those who do not support the Abe cabinet: Will you continue to withhold support from the Abe cabinet?
5) Which party do you currently support?
|Japan Restoration Party||2 (2)|
|Next generation’s Party||0 (0)|
|Japan Communist Party||3 (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)|
|Do not support a particular party||37 (35)|
|No answer/Do not know||8 (7)|
6) Now we will ask about political contributions from companies that receive national subsidiary aid. Has the Abe cabinet’s image improved as a result of its response to this issue? Has it worsened? Or, has its image been unaffected by this issue?
7) Do you believe all company and group-based political contributions should be banned?
8) Do you agree with the national security proposal which may be put before the current Diet? The proposal allows for the use of collective self-defense.
9) Do you agree with the expansion of Self Defense Force activities? The expansion includes increased overseas deployment, and increased support for foreign military activities.
10) Should the legal age to vote for Diet members be changed from 20 to 18 years old?
11a) To the 48% who answered yes to question 10: Why?
|18 year olds have sufficient sense of judgment||18 (9)|
|Young voices should be reflected in politics||60 (29)|
|Many countries endow voting rights at 18 years old||18 (9)|
11b) To the 39% who answered no to question 10: Why not?
|18 year olds do not have sufficient sense of judgment||70 (27)|
|Few young people go out to vote||13 (5)|
|“Voting rights at 20” is already a well-established rule||13 (5)|
12) By civil law, adulthood begins at 20 years of age. People under 20 years of age require parental consent in order to marry, and to enter into a contract. Do you believe the adult age should be lowered to 18?
13) According to the Juvenile Law, people under the age of 20 are regarded as juvenile and treated differently from adults in the criminal justice system. Do you think this age should be lowered?
14) How interested are you in the April nationwide local elections?
|A little interested||46|
|Not so interested||32|
|Not at all||5|
15) Do you believe that residents’ voices are reflected in the running of your local government?
|Yes, well reflected||2|
|No, not at all||7|
16) How satisfied are you with local governance and politics in your area?
|Not so satisfied||35|
|Not at all||7|