Poll: Younger generations and majority of LDP supporters say ‘yes’ to Abe’s state funeral

A joint Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network opinion poll on July 23-24 found that about 70 percent of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) supporters believe that the government’s decision to hold a state funeral for the Former late Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is “good”.

In contrast, negative responses were notable among other party supporters, with 80% of Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) supporters saying the decision was “not good”.

In terms of age, the survey indicates that the younger the generation, the more widespread approval of holding state funerals.

Overall, 50.1% of respondents said the government’s decision to hold a state funeral was ‘good’, followed closely by 46.9% who said it was ‘not good’ “.

Ordinary people offer flowers and incense outside Shinzo Abe’s funeral on July 12, 2022.

By political affiliation, 73.3% of LDP supporters said the decision was “good”, far exceeding the 25.1% who said it was “not good”.

Conversely, among supporters of the Democratic Constitutional Party of Japan, which expressed opposition to holding a state funeral, 81.7% said the decision was “not good”, while only 15.2 % said it was “good”.

A similar trend has been seen among supporters of the Innovation Party of Japan, which calls for Diet deliberation on the issue. Those who answered “not well” (65.3%) exceeded those who answered “well” (31.5%).

More supporters of Komeito, which forms a coalition government with the PLD, felt the decision was “not good” (56.2%) as opposed to “good” (43.9%).

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses the United Nations General Assembly (October 2018)

Higher approval among the younger generation

The Abe Cabinet has been noted for high approval ratings among the younger generation. The joint survey seemed to confirm this by showing that the younger the respondents, the more likely they were to support a state funeral for Abe.

In the 18-29 age group, 67.3% of respondents chose “good”, while 31.4% chose “not good”.

Similarly, more respondents in their 30s and 40s answered ‘good’ as opposed to ‘not good’, but the reverse was true for respondents in their 50s and older.

Among respondents aged 70 and over, 57.0% chose “not good” while only 39.1% chose “good”.

By gender, more men chose “good” (54.0%) than “not good” (43.4%), while more women chose “not good” (50.0%) than ” good” (46.4%).

How the survey was conducted

The survey was conducted by telephone using random dialing (RDD), a sampling method to randomly generate telephone numbers based on gender and age group in the areas of respective surveys until a target number of responses is reached. The ratio of landlines to cellphones in the survey was 4 to 6.

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Where an answer regarding support for the current Kishida cabinet was unclear, the question was rephrased expanding the options to include “somewhat approve” or “somewhat disapprove”.

The survey covered a sample of 1,138 men and women aged 18 or over across the country.

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(Read the report in Japanese on this link.)

Author: The Sankei Shimbun