Asahi Shimbun June 2010 Public Opinion Poll – Third in a Series on the House of Councillors Election (10-24)

Key Issues
  • House of Councillors election
  • Increase in consumption tax
Dates Conducted

June 26 and 27, 2010

Date Released

June 28, 2010 (Morning edition of the Asahi Shimbun).


The poll was conducted by telephone on June 26 and 27 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 1,699, with 1,023 responses and a 60% response rate.  Decimals were rounded up.  The numbers in ( ) are the results from a poll conducted on June 19 and 20, 2010.  Questions that appear frequently such as cabinet support rates will be posted at a later date at one time.


Q1.   Are you for or against raising the consumption tax?

For 46% (46)
Against 45% (45)


Q2.  Is the increase in consumption tax issue the biggest election issue for you or are there other additional issues that you consider bigger?

Biggest election issue 19%
There are other additional issues that are bigger 71%


Q3.  Do you approve or not approve of Prime Minister Kan’s explanation and actions regarding the hike in consumption tax?

Approve 30%
Do not approve 50%


Q4.  Under the Kan cabinet, how much progress do you think will be made in efforts to reduce financial waste?

Will greatly progress 2%
Willsomewhat progress 44%
Will somewhat not progress 46%
Will not progress 5%


Q5.  As a whole, when comparing the DPJ and LDP side-by-side, which party do you think is more committed to reform?

DPJ 65%
LDP 15%


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