- Support for the Abe Cabinet
- The House of Councillors election
- Constitutional reform
- Leadership of the LDP and DPJ
January 20 and 21, 2007
January 23, 2007 (Morning edition of the Asahi Shimbun)
The poll was conducted by telephone on January 20 and 21, 2007, of voters from across Japan using a three-stage random sampling method (the Asahi RDD). The total number of those polled was 1915, with a 56 % response rate. The numbers in [ ] are the percentages of those polled as compared to the entire population of those who answered. The numbers in ( ) are the results from a poll conducted in December, 2006.
The Abe Cabinet has come under fire recently from opposition leader Ichiro Ozawa over the prime minister’s decision to prioritize constitutional reform. Ozawa believes that the livelihood of the Japanese people should take precedent over constitutional reform, but Abe contends that he is able to confront both issues effectively at the same time. The debate over these issues that will take place in the ordinary session of Diet is predicted to be a pre-campaign of the Liberal Democratic Party and the Democratic Party of Japan for the upcoming House of Councillors election this summer.
Q1. Do you support the Abe cabinet?
|Support||39 % (47)|
|Do not support||37 (32)|
Q2. Why? (Choose one of the following. The left are those 39% who answered “support”, and on the right are the 37% who answered “Do not support”.)
|The prime minister is Abe||19 %||4 |
|The cabinet is primarily LDP||28 ||27 |
|Cabinet’s policies||22 ||58 |
|Just because||27 ||8 |
Q3. Which political party do you support right now?
|Liberal Democratic Party||32% (36)|
|Democratic Party ofJapan||16 (14)|
|Japan Communist Party||2 (3)|
|Social Democratic Party||1 (2)|
|The People’s New Party||0 (0)|
|The New Party ofJapan||0 (0)|
|Do not support any party||40 (36)|
|No answer/ do not know||5 (5)|
Q4. The House of Councillors election is this summer. To what degree do you have interest in this election?
|Don’t really have interest||22|
|Don’t have any interest at all||5|
Q5. Prime Minister Abe has indicated that he will make constitutional reform an issue of the House of Councillors election. Do you think making constitutional reform an issue of the election is appropriate or not?
|Don’t think it is appropriate||48|
Q6. Do you think that the Liberal Democratic Party can win, or cannot win in the House of Councillors election under the leadership of Prime Minister Abe?
Q7. Do you think that the Democratic Party of Japan can win, or cannot win in the House of Councillors election under the leadership of Representative Ozawa?
Q8. Do you think that Abe is a politician who is close to the feelings of the Japanese people, or a politician who is far from the feelings of the people?
|A politician who is close to the feelings of the people||32%|
|A politician who is far from the feelings of the people||50|
Q9. Do you think that the Abe Cabinet is strong, or do you think that it is unreliable? (The numbers in parentheses are data collected from a poll conducted on September 26th and 27th , 2006)
|It is a strong cabinet||12% (23)|
|It is an unreliable cabinet||67 (34)|
Q10. Under the leadership of Abe, do you think, or not think that the Liberal Democratic Party will revert to the “Old Liberal Democratic Party”?
|It will revert||36%|
|Don’t think that it will revert||45|
Q11. The problems associated with the appropriations of political funds by ministers of the Abe Cabinet—Matsuoka, the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries; and Ibuki, the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology—have surfaced. Do you think that the truth has been made clear, or not been made clear on the matter?
|Not been made clear||85|
Q12. The Prime Minister recently met with the leaders of China and South Korea at the East Asian Summit and discussed the North Korea problem and the history problem. Do you support, or do you not support Prime Minster Abe’s postures toward China and North Korea?
|Do not support||24|
Q13. Next, the Democratic Party of Japan will be discussed. As the first opposition party of Japan, do you, or do you not think that the Democratic Party is fulfilling its duty.
Q14. Do you or do you not want the Democratic Party to have the ability to be in charge of political power?
|Want it to be able to be in charge of political power||60%|
|Don’t want it to be able to be in charge of political power||30|
Q15. Next, the economy will be discussed. Currently, do you think the economy will get better, get worse, or not change at all?
|Get better||20% (19)|
|Get worse||15 (19)|
|Not change||62 (57)|
Q16. Do you or do you not feel that your household income has increased?
|Feel it has||5%|
|Feel it has not||89|
Q17. The Abe cabinet has initiated policies supporting the development of new enterprises in order to further progress the Japanese economy. The Democratic Party has strongly appealed to correct the disparity existing in society. Which do you feel is a priority to Japan: economic progress, or disparity correction?