Asahi Shimbun June 2010 Public Opinion Poll – Second in a Series on the House of Councillors Election (10-23)

Key Issues
  • House of Councillors election
Dates Conducted

June 19 and 20, 2010

Date Released

June 21, 2010 (Morning edition of the Asahi Shimbun).

Methodology

The poll was conducted by telephone on June 19 and 20 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 1,698, with 1,025 responses and a 60% response rate.  Decimals were rounded up.  The numbers in ( ) are the results from a poll conducted on June 12 and 13, 2010.  Questions that appear frequently such as cabinet support rates will be posted at a later date at one time.

Survey

Q1.  When you cast your vote for a party or candidate in the House of Councillors election, to what extent will you take into consideration the manifesto?  Please choose one from the following options:

Will take into serious consideration 17%
Will take into somewhat serious consideration 54%
Will somewhat not take into serious consideration 23%
Will not take into serious consideration 6%

 

Q2.  In the manifesto for the upcoming House of Councillors election, the DPJ has decided not to follow through or have made changes to a portion of the pledges made in the House of Representatives election last year.  Can you agree or not agree to this?

Agree 43%
Not agree 50%

 

Q3.  Are you for or against raising the consumption tax?

For 46% (49)
Against 45% (44)

Q4.  When you cast your vote for the House of Councillors election, will you take into serious consideration each party’s stance on the consumption tax hike?

Will take into serious consideration 62% (63)
Will not take into serious consideration 30% (30)

 

Q5.  In the upcoming House of Councillors election, the LDP has pledged to increase the “consumption tax to 10%.”  Do you approve or not approve of this?

Approve 42%
Do not approve 46%

 

Q6.  In regards to the consumption tax hike Prime Minister Kan has stated that by March of next year the government will formulate a tax reform plan. This will incorporate the tax rate of 10% as pledged by the LDP.   Do you approve or not approve of this?

Approve 39%
Do not approve 50%

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