- The performances of LDP and JDP in the Upper House Election
- Abe’s strategy after the election
July 30 and 31, 2007
August 2, 2007
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.
Q1. Do you support the Abe cabinet?
|Do not support||60%(56)|
Q2. Which political party do you currently support?
|Liberal Democratic Party||21%(23)|
|Democratic Party of Japan||34%(22)|
|Japan Communist Party||3%(3)|
|Social Democratic Party||2%(1)|
|The People’s New Party||1%(0)|
|The New Party of Japan||0%(0)|
|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?
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|
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?
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?
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|
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.)