Asahi Shimbun August 2007 Opinion Poll (07-17)

Key Issues
  • The performances of LDP and JDP in the Upper House Election
  • Abe’s strategy after the election
Dates Conducted

July 30 and 31, 2007

Date Released

August 2, 2007

Methodology

The poll was conducted by telephone from the evening of July 30 until the night of July 31, 2007, of voters from across Japan, whose telephone numbers were selected by a computer at random. Subjects were selected using a three-stage random sampling method (the Asahi RDD). The total number of those polled was 1094, with a 61% response rate. The numbers in (  ) are the results from a poll conducted July 21 and 22, 2007.

 

Survey

Q1. Do you support the Abe cabinet?

Support 26%(30)
Do not support 60%(56)

 

Q2. Which political party do you currently support?

Liberal Democratic Party 21%(23)
Democratic Party of Japan 34%(22)
Komeito 5%(4)
Japan Communist Party 3%(3)
Social Democratic Party 2%(1)
The People’s New Party 1%(0)
The New Party of Japan 0%(0)
Other 0%(1)
Do not support any party 30%(37)
No answer/do not know 4%(9)

 

Q3. In the House of Councilors election, the Democratic Party of Japan won 60 seats, its highest number ever, to become the largest party in the upper house for the first time. On the other hand, the Liberal Democratic Party lost heavily, falling to 37 seats. Do you think that this is a good result, or not?

Good 68
Not good 18

 

Q4. Do you think that the cause of the Liberal Democratic Party’s heavy losses lies with Prime Minister Abe, or not?

Prime Minister Abe 34
Not 59

 

Q5. What do you think is the biggest reason that the Liberal Democratic Party lost seats in this election? (Choose one.)

The pension issue 44
The income disparity issue 12
Scandals involving cabinet ministers 38

 

Q6. Next, what do you think is the biggest reason that the Democratic Party of Japan gained seats in this election? (Choose one.)

DPJ President Ozawa is appealing 4
Its policies are promising 9
Problems with the Liberal Democratic Party 81

 

Q7. Regarding the outcome of the recent House of Councilors election, Prime Minister Abe stated, “our basic stance is understood by most of the people,” expressing the view that it was not a rejection of what the Abe cabinet aims to accomplish.  Is this point of view persuasive to you, or not?

Persuasive 26
Not persuasive 62

 

Q8. Prime Minister Abe has inherited the reformist policies of the Koizumi administration, placing importance on economic growth and competition. Do you support or oppose these reform measures?

Support 36
Oppose 43

 

Q9. After the House of Councilors election, Prime Minister Abe declared his intention to remain in office. Do you want Mr. Abe to continue as prime minister, or do you think that he should step down?

Continue as prime minister 40
Should step down 47

 

Q10. As a result of the House of Councilors election, the Democratic Party of Japan has become the largest party in the House of Councilors. What are your expectations of the Democratic Party of Japan? (Choose one.)

Make the ruling party change its policies 37
Bring about a change in administration 25
No expectations 33

 

Q11. Do you think that the House of Representatives should be dissolved and a general election held as quickly as possible, or do you think that there is no need to hurry?

Should be held quickly 39
No need to hurry 54

 

Q12. Which form of media did you consult most for this House of Councilors election? (Choose one.)

Newspapers 35
Television 58
Internet 4

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