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NIKKEI SHIMBUN AUGUST 2007 TELEPHONE INTERVIEW POLLS (P07-20)

Nikkei Shimbun August 2007 Telephone Interview Polls

Dates Conducted
August 27-28, 2007

Released
August 29, 2007

Copyright
Nikkei Shimbun

Methodology
Nationwide poll.
See below for age and gender breakdown.

Key Issues

·          Support for the Abe Cabinet

·          House of Councilors election in summer 2007

·          Abe Administration’s next steps in response to the election result

·          Special Anti-terrorism Law

 Link to Original Source

http://www.nikkei-r.co.jp/nikkeipoll/qandres/y200708a.html

Disclaimer

The Mansfield Foundation is responsible for the translation of this Nikkei Telephone poll, subject to the Mansfield Foundation Terms of Use

 

All numbers are percentages.

Q1. Do you support or not support the reshuffled Abe cabinet? (N=687)

Support 41
Do not support 40
No answer/do not know 19

 

Q1SQ1. For those who answered “support”: What are the reasons for your support? Please choose as many as apply from the following answers. (N=282)

Because it is an LDP cabinet 34
Good policies 9
Good sense of international affairs 4
Leadership 7
Stability 20
Can trust members' personality 35
Politically clean 6
Others 7
No answer/do not know 8

 

Q1SQ2. For those who answered “do not support,” what are the reasons for not supporting? Please choose as many as apply from the following answers. (N=276)

Because it is an LDP cabinet 23
Bad policies 30
Bad sense of international affairs 7
Lack of leadership 54
Instability 29
Cannot trust members' personality 15
Politically not clean 8
Others 5
No answer/do not know 2

 

Q2. Which political party do you currently support? Please choose only one. (N=687)

Liberal Democratic Party 30
Democratic Party ofJapan 29
Komeito 4
JapanCommunist Party 2
Social Democratic Party 2
The People's New Party 0
The New Party ofJapan 0
Other political party 0
Do not support any party 28
No answer/do not know 4

 

Q2SQ. For those who answered “do not support any party” or “no answer/do not know,” if you are to name one, which political party do you favor? (N=225)

Liberal Democratic Party 13
Democratic Party ofJapan 21
Komeito 1
JapanCommunist Party 4
Social Democratic Party 3
The People's New Party 1
The New Party ofJapan 1
Other political party 0
Do not favor any party 42
No answer/do not know 14

 

[Support + Preferable Parties (N=687)]

Liberal Democratic Party 35
Democratic Party ofJapan 36
Komeito 4
JapanCommunist Party 3
Social Democratic Party 2
The People's New Party 1
The New Party ofJapan 0
Other political party 1
Do not support or favor any party 14
No answer/do not know 4

 

Q3. Do you support or not support the new members of the Abe cabinet and the Liberal Democratic Party leadership? (N=687)

Support 40
Do not support 34
Cannot say either 9
No answer/do not know 16

 

Q3SQ1. For those who answered “support,” what is the biggest reason for your support? Please choose one from the following four answers. (N=276)

Recommendations from factions were rejected 14
Merit-based selection was emphasized 53
Younger individuals were promoted 19
Women were promoted 4
Others 4
No answer/do not know 5

 

Q3SQ2. For those who answered “do not support,” what is the biggest reason for your lack of support? Please choose one from the following four answers. (N=235)

Recommendations from factions are reviving 34
Merit-based approach is neglected 22
Younger individuals are not promoted 25
Women are not promoted 6
Others 4
No answer/do not know 8

 

Q4. Prime Minister Abe continues his administration even after the setback in the House of Councilors election. What is your opinion on this? (N=687)

Support 40
Oppose 49
No answer/do not know 12

 

Q5. The government and ruling party intend to extend the Special Anti-terrorism Law beyond its cutoff date, November 1, in order to support anti-terrorism measures in Afghanistan . The Maritime Self-Defense Force unit was dispatched to the Indian Ocean based on the law. All opposition parties including the Democratic Party of Japan are opposing this action. In your opinion, what should be done? (N=687)

Should be extended 30
Should not be extended 53
Others 0
No answer/do not know 17

 

Q6. What kind of administration is desirable in the future? Please choose one from the following four answers. (N=687)

Liberal Democratic Party's single-party administration 7
Coalition administration centered on the LDP andKomeito 15
Non-LDP coalition administration centered on the Democratic Party of Japan 22
Coalition administration in which part of LDP and DPJ participates 40
Others 4
No answer/do not know 13

 

Q7. Who do you think is most suitable to become the prime minister in the future? Please choose one from the following ten people. (N=687)

ShinzoAbe 9
TaroAso 14
JunichiroKoizumi 18
SadakazuTanigaki 2
YasuoFukuda 6
Ichiro Ozawa 11
KatsuyaOkada 4
NaotoKan 5
YukioHatoyama 3
SeijiMaehara 3
Others 3
No answer/do not know 20

 

Q8. When do you think the dissolution of the House of Representatives and the general elections should be carried out? (N=687)

The House of Representatives should be dissolved immediately 10
The House of Representatives should be dissolved within this year 24
The House of Representatives should be dissolved after the budget approval in the spring next year 21
It is not necessary to dissolve it in a hurry 31
Others 0
No answer/do not know 13

 

F1. Gender (Determined by the polltaker) (N=687)

Male 44
Female 56
Unknown 0

 

F2. How old are you? (N=687)

In my 20s 5
In my 30s 15
In my 40s 13
In my 50s 22
In my 60s 25
70 years old or older 18
Refused to answer 1

Average age: 55.2

 

F3. What is your occupation? Please choose one from the following list. (N=687)

Agriculture, forestry and fisheries 6
Employee (company or government employee, teacher, etc.) 39
Self-owned business, self-employed (including a homemaker) 12
Full-time housewife(without job only) 21
Student 1
Unemployed 19
Refused to answer 1

 

 

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