Asahi Shimbun June 2007 Opinion Poll (07-14)

Key Issues
  • July Upper House Election
  • Support of Abe Cabinet
Dates Conducted

May 19 and 20, 2007; May 25 and 26, 2007; and June 2 and 3, 2007

Date Released

June 5, 2007

Methodology

The poll was conducted by telephone on May 19 and 20, 2007; May 25 and 26, 2007; and June 2 and 3, 2007, of voters from across Japan using a three-stage random sampling method (the Asahi RDD). The total number of those polled was 993 on May 19-20, with a 55% response rate; 1031 on May 25-26, with a 61% response rate; and 1045 on June 2-3, with a 58% response rate.

 

Survey

Q1. Do you support the Abe cabinet?

May 19-20, 2007 May 26-27, 2007 June 2-3, 2007
Support 44 36 30
Do not support 36 42 49

 

Q2. Which political party do you currently support?

May 19-20, 2007 May 26-27, 2007 June 2-3, 2007
Liberal Democratic Party 34 29 28
Democratic Party of Japan 14 18 17
Komeito 3 3 2
Japan Communist Party 3 2 2
Social Democratic Party 2 1 1
The People’s New Party 0 0 0
The New Party of Japan 0 0 0
Others 0 0 0
Do not support any party 38 38 43
No answer/do not know 6 9 7

 

Q3. There will be an election for the House of Councilors in July. How interested are you in this House of Councilors election? (Choose one.)

May 19-20, 2007 May 26-27, 2007 June 2-3, 2007
Very interested 24 25 27
Somewhat interested 51 48 42
Not very interested 21 23 24
Not at all interested 4 4 6

 

Q4. If the election were held today, which party’s candidate would you vote for in your electoral district? Please answer with the party’s name.

May 19-20, 2007 May 26-27, 2007 June 2-3, 2007
Liberal Democratic Party 33 29 27
Democratic Party of Japan 20 26 24
Komeito 3 3 3
Japan Communist Party 4 3 3
Social Democratic Party 2 1 2
The People’s New Party 0 0 0
The New Party of Japan 0 0 0
Others 0 0 0
Independent candidate 2 1 0
No answer/do not know 36 37 41

 

Q5. Next, if the election were held today, which party or party’s candidate would you vote for in your proportional-representation block? Please answer with the party’s name.

May 19-20, 2007 May 26-27, 2007 June 2-3, 2007
Liberal Democratic Party 31 26 24
Democratic Party of Japan 21 25 23
Komeito 3 3 2
Japan Communist Party 3 3 3
Social Democratic Party 3 1 1
The People’s New Party 0 0 0
The New Party of Japan 0 0 0
Others 1 2 1
No answer/do not know 38 40 46

 

Q6. Would you like the Liberal Democratic Party and its ruling-coalition partners to hold a majority of seats in the House of Councilors as a result of the election? Or would you like the Democratic Party of Japan and other opposition parties will hold a majority of seats?

May 19-20, 2007 May 26-27, 2007 June 2-3, 2007
Ruling-coalition parties 36 28 28
DPJ and other opposition parties 43 48 49

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