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TABLE-Japan firms want Suga to become next PM, tackle fiscal reform

TOKYO, Sept 11 (Reuters) - A majority of Japanese firms want top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga to become the next prime minister as many see no need to change the status quo on stimulus policy at least until the coronavirus crisis ends, a Reuters poll found. Below are questions and answers in the poll conducted for Reuters by Nikkei Research from Aug. 31 through Sept. 9. Answers are denoted in percentage points. The poll and reply totals are in absolute terms. 1. Who do you think should become the next prime minister? (Pick one) Shinzo Abe Shinjiro Yoshihide Shigeru Taro Kono Fumio Yukio Others Polled Replied Koizumi Suga Ishiba Kishida Edano All 0% 2% 56% 20% 15% 2% 0% 5% 485 226 Manufacturers 0% 0% 58% 18% 18% 2% 0% 4% 248 125 Non-manufacturers 0% 4% 53% 22% 13% 1% 0% 7% 237 101 2. What policy do you expect the post-Abe administration to tackle? (Pick one) Enhance Promote Boost role of Measures Fiscal Normalising Boost Others Polled Replied job market digital women in to keep reform monetary economic liquidity transformation economy and birthrate policy ties with politics from other falling nations All 4% 12% 0% 9% 33% 7% 20% 16% 485 246 Manufacturers 5% 8% 1% 8% 33% 6% 25% 15% 248 133 Non-manufacturers 3% 16% 0% 12% 33% 7% 13% 17% 237 113 3. How do you weigh up the merits and demerits of more than seven years of 'Abenomics' for your business? Merits Demerits Polled Replied outweighed outweighed demerits merits All 85% 15% 485 240 Manufacturers 83% 17% 248 132 Non-manufacturers 88% 12% 237 108 4. When do you think the coronavirus impact on supply and demand in your business will end? (Pick one) Already Ceasing at Peaking To cease To cease No end in Polled Replied ended, with present now in a few in a few sight no impact weeks months All 4% 9% 3% 2% 29% 53% 485 248 Manufacturers 4% 7% 3% 1% 35% 49% 248 135 Non-manufacturers 4% 11% 4% 3% 22% 58% 237 113 (Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Christopher Cushing)