Asahi Shimbun June 2010 Emergency Public Opinion Poll on Prime Minister Kan (10-19)

Key Issues
  • Kan as new prime minister
  • House of Councillors election
Dates Conducted

June 4 and 5, 2010

Date Released

June 6, 2010 (Morning edition of the Asahi Shimbun)

Methodology

The poll was conducted by telephone from the evening of June 4 until the evening of June 5 with 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 1,759, with 1,074 responses and a 61% response rate.  Decimals were rounded up.  The numbers in ( ) are the results from a poll conducted on June 2 and 3, 2010.

Survey

Q1.  Mr. [Naoto] Kan of the Democratic Party of Japan has been selected as the new prime minster.  Do you hold expectations or not of Prime Minister Kan ?

Hold expectations 59%
Do not hold expectations 33%

 

Q2.  Which political party do you currently support?

Democratic Party ofJapan 32% (27)
Liberal Democratic Party 14% (16)
NewKomeito 3% (3)
JapanCommunist Party 2% (2)
Social Democratic Party 1%(1)
Your Party 2% (3)
The People’s New Party 0%(0)
SunriseParty ofJapan 0% (0)
The New Party ofJapan 0%(0)
New Renaissance Party 0% (0)
The Happiness Realization Party 0% (0)
Other party 0%(0)
Do not support any party 36% (40)
No answer/Do not know 10%(8)

 

Q3.  This summer, a general election will be held for the House of Councillors.  If the general election were being held today, which party in the proportional-representation district and/or which party’s candidate would you vote for?  Please respond with the name of the party.

Democratic Party ofJapan 33% (28)
Liberal Democratic Party 17% (20)
NewKomeito 3% (5)
JapanCommunist Party 3% (3)
Social Democratic Party 2% (2)
Your Party 5% (6)
The People’s New Party 0%(0)
SunriseParty ofJapan 0% (0)
The New Party ofJapan 0%(0)
New Renaissance Party 1% (0)
The Happiness Realization Party 0%
Other party 0% (1)
No answer/Do not know 36% (35)

 

Q4.  Do you hope an administration centered around the DPJ will continue or not?

Hope administration centered around DPJ will continue 38%
Hope administration will not continue to be centered around DPJ 38%

 

Q5.  Do you think the DPJ will change now that Mr. Kan is prime minister?

DPJ will change 42%
DPJ will not change 49%

 

Q6.  Mr. Kan has said he will “reform the economy, public finances, and social security.”  Do you think Mr. Kan can advance these reforms?

Can advance reforms 43%
Cannot advance reforms 41%

 

Q7.  Mr. Kan has indicated that he will stress fiscal reconstruction.  Do you approve or not approve of this stance?

Approve 75%
Do not approve 11%

 

Q8.  In his statement in which he mentioned he hopes Mr. Ozawa “stays quiet for a while,” Mr. Kan has indicated that he plans to distance himself from Mr. Ozawa, who is to resign as DPJ Secretary-General in his statement in which he mentioned he hopes Mr. Ozawa “stays quiet for a while.”  Do you approve or not approve of this stance?

Approve 82%
Do not approve 10%

 

Q9.  Do you wish Japanese politics to make a big change or not?

Wish for a big change 78%
Do not wish for a big change 15%

 

Q10.  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 is no need to rush?

As soon as possible 33%
No need to rush 57%

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