The majority of the public disagree with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s proposal to slash time allocated to opposition parties for questions in the Diet, an Asahi Shimbun survey showed on Nov. 14.

Fifty-five percent of respondents were against the idea, far exceeding the 29 percent who supported it.

The same survey found that 59 percent of people placed high value on the Nov. 6 Japan-U.S. summit in Tokyo, but almost as many, 56 percent, said their anxieties outweighed their expectations concerning the two countries’ joint plan to intensify pressure on North Korea. Thirty-five percent said their expectations were greater.

Even among those who valued the summit highly, 45 percent said their anxieties were greater, while 48 percent said the opposite.

On whether U.S. President Donald Trump can be trusted as the leader of Japan’s ally, 48 percent said not very much, and 13 percent said not at all. Thirty-four percent said they can trust him to some degree, while just 3 percent answered that they can trust him very much.

As for the LDP’s proposal to reduce opposition parties’ times for questions, 48 percent of LDP backers supported it, with 37 percent against.

Among respondents who do not support any particular party, only 18 percent supported the proposal and 59 percent opposed it.

The survey also asked whether the government should approve the plan to establish a veterinary medicine faculty by Kake Educational Institution, whose head is a friend of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The potential nepotism sparked a long-running scandal earlier this year.

The largest proportion of respondents, 48 percent, said it should not be approved, exceeding the 33 percent in favor. Among supporters of the Abe Cabinet, 54 percent gave the government their blessing, but 55 percent of respondents unaffiliated to a particular party did not.

The survey also asked, “Which is closer to what you want Abe to have: leadership that leads people around him positively, or the capability of coordination that proceeds cautiously while listening to other people’s opinions?”

A vast majority, 68 percent, chose capability of coordination, and only 25 percent selected leadership. The former choice was more popular than the latter among supporters of all political parties. Among LDP supporters, 56 percent chose the capability of coordination, and 40 percent chose leadership.

The Abe Cabinet’s support rate stood at 44 percent, up from 42 percent in the previous survey conducted on Oct. 23 and 24. The nonsupport rate was unchanged at 39 percent.

The nationwide opinion poll contacted more than 4,000 eligible voters through fixed landlines or mobile phones on Nov. 11 and 12. Of these, more than 2,000 gave valid responses.

The Asahi Shimbun contacted eligible voters whose phone numbers were chosen at random by computer.

Valid responses were received from 1,034 of the 2,127 voters with fixed landlines, excluding those in parts of nuclear disaster-hit Fukushima Prefecture, and 970 of 1,942 voters contacted on mobile phones.