Asahi Shimbun August 2008 Special Opinion Poll (08-14)

Key Issues
  • Support for the Fukuda Cabinet
  • Cabinet reshuffle
Dates Conducted

August 1 and 2, 2008

Date Released

August 3, 2008 (Morning Edition of the Asahi Shimbun)


The poll was conducted by telephone from the evening of August 1 through the evening of August 2 on 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 1,002, with a 58% response rate. The numbers represent percentages. Decimals were rounded up. Portions of some answers have been abbreviated. Unless otherwise noted, figures in parentheses are the results of a previous survey conducted on July 12 and 13, 2008.


Q1. The first question is about current politics. Do you support the Fukuda Cabinet, or not?

Support 24% (24)
Do not support 55% (58)

Q2. Which political party do you currently support?

Liberal Democratic Party 23% (26)
Democratic Party of Japan 22% (24)
Komeito 4% (2)
Japan Communist Party 3% (2)
Social Democratic Party 1% (1)
The People’s New Party 0% (0)
The New Party of Japan 0% (0)
Other 1% (0)
Do not support any party 35% (40)

Q3. Prime Minister Fukuda reshuffled his cabinet on August 1. Did this shakeup change your impression of the prime minister for the better, for the worse, or not at all?

Changed for the better 9%
Changed for the worse 9%
No change at all 74%

Q4. Do you think that in reshuffling the cabinet, Mr. Fukuda demonstrated leadership, or not?

Demonstrated leadership 15%
Did not demonstrate leadership 66%

Q5. In reshuffling the cabinet, Mr. Fukuda said that he was executing “reform, with an eye toward the people’s needs.” Do you expect to see progress on reform, as the prime minister says, with the new cabinet, or not?

Expect to see progress 47%
Do not expect to see progress 44%

Q6. Accompanying the cabinet shakeup were changes in the leadership of the Liberal Democratic Party. As a result, Taro Aso will become the new secretary general. Do you favorably evaluate Mr. Aso’s inauguration as secretary general, or not?

Favorably 51%
Not favorably 29%


Q7. Do you think that the House of Representatives should be dissolved and a general election held as soon as possible, or do you think that there’s no need to rush? (The figures in the parentheses are the results of a survey conducted on June 14 and 15.)

As quickly as possible 45% (41)
No need to rush 42% (45)

Q8. If the general election were being held today, which party would you vote for in your proportional-representation district? Please answer with the party’s name.

Liberal Democratic Party 25% (23)
Democratic Party of Japan 32% (36)
Komeito 4% (4)
Japan Communist Party 3% (3)
Social Democratic Party 1% (2)
The People’s New Party 0% (0)
The New Party of Japan 0% (0)
Other 1% (2)


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