September 26 and 27, 2006
The poll was conducted by telephone on September 26 and 27, 2006, of voters from across Japan who were selected by the three-stage random selection method (the “Asahi RDD” method). The number of people who answered all the questions in full is 996; the ratio of answers is 57%.
(Numbers shown are %, and are rounded out at the decimal. Sentences and answers are in part abridged.)
Q1. Let us ask you about the newly inaugurated Abe Cabinet. Do you support the Abe Cabinet, or do you not?
|Do not support||18|
Q1 (a). What is the reason for your answer? (Figures in parentheses are the percentage of total responses.)
|Out of 63% who support||Out of 18% who do not support|
|Mr. Abe is the prime minister||24 (15)||6 (1)|
|The cabinet is LDP-led||17 (11)||31 (6)|
|Policy reasons||28 (28)||47 (9)|
|For no particular reason||27 (17)||15 (3)|
Q2. Which political parties do you support now? (Figures in parenthesis are results from the poll conducted on September 20 and 21.)
|Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)||39 (38)|
|Democratic Party ofJapan(DPJ)||14 (14)|
|JapanCommunist Party (JCP)||2 (2)|
|Social Democratic Party ofJapan(SDPJ)||1 (1)|
|The People's New Party||(0)|
|The New PartyJapan||(0)|
|The Free (Liberal) Coalition||(0)|
|Do not support any party||35 (35)|
|No answer/do not know||6 (7)|
Q3. Do you think the line-up of the Abe Cabinet is refreshing, or do you not think so?
|Do not think so||38|
Q4. Do you think this cabinet is a strong cabinet, or do you think it is not so dependable?
|Not so dependable cabinet||34|
Q5. What is the issue that you want the Abe Cabinet to most focus on? Choose one from the following:
|Rebuilding the financial system||15|
Q6. Prime Minister Abe intends to pass the Education Reform Bill by the end of the current Diet session. How do you think the revision of the Education Basic Law should be handled? Choose one from the following:
|Should try to pass in the current Diet session||21|
|Should continue the debate without worrying about passing it before the end of the current Diet session||66|
|Revision is not necessary||6|
Q7. Do you want Prime Minister Abe to proactively tackle the improvement of Japan’s relationships with China and South Korea, or do you not think so?
|Want him to tackle it||83|
|Do not think so||10|
Q8. Mr. Abe has not expressed his view on the issues regarding the war in which Japan fought with China, United States and other countries, including whether it was a war of aggression and where the war responsibility lies. Do you view such attitude by Mr. Abe favorably, or do you not?
|Do not favorably view||52|
Q9. Do you think the Japanese economy will improve under the new cabinet, or do you not think so?
|Economy will improve||29|
|Do not think so||48|
Q10. There will be an election for the House of Councillors (Upper House) next summer. Between the LDP and the DPJ, do you want to win in the upcoming Upper House election, the LDP, or the DPJ?