Asahi Shinbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (03/17/2015)

Key Issues
  • Support for Prime Minister Abe
  • Views on political contribution
  • Views on local government
Dates Conducted

March 14-15, 2015

Date Released

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?

Yes 46 (50)
No 33 (31)


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?

Yes 49 (22)
No 47 (21)



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

Yes 61 (20)
No 31 (10)



5) Which party do you currently support?

LDP 38 (40)
DPJ 8 (7)
Japan Restoration Party 2 (2)
Komeito 3 (4)
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)
Other 1 (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?

Improved 1
Worsened 41
Unaffected 50


7) Do you believe all company and group-based political contributions should be banned?

Yes 39
No 41



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.

Yes 32
No 44



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.

Yes 33
No 52



10) Should the legal age to vote for Diet members be changed from 20 to 18 years old?

Yes 48
No 39



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?

Yes 43
No 44



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?

Yes 11
No 81



14) How interested are you in the April nationwide local elections?

Very interested 16
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
Yes, somewhat 40
Very little 46
No, not at all 7


16) How satisfied are you with local governance and politics in your area?

Very satisfied 2
Somewhat satisfied 52
Not so satisfied 35
Not at all 7


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