Asahi Shimbun May 2007 Opinion Poll (07-13)

Key Issues
  • July Upper House Election
  • Support of LDP
Dates Conducted

May 12 and 13, 2007

Date Released

May 16, 2007

Methodology

The poll was conducted by telephone on May 12 and 13, 2007, of voters from across Japan using a three-stage random sampling method (the Asahi RDD). The total number of those polled was 1005, with a response rate of 57%. 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 on April 14 and 15, 2007.

 

Survey

Q1. Do you support the Abe cabinet?

Support 43 (40)
Do not support 33 (38)

 

QS1. Why? (Choose one of the following.) (The results in the left column are those 43% who answered “support,” and the numbers in the right column are the 33% who answered “do not support.”)

Abe is the Prime Minister 18%[8] 6%[2]
The cabinet is primarily composed of LDP members 21%[9] 28%[9]
Policies of the cabinet 26%[11] 59%[20]
Just because 32%[14] 6%[2]

 

Q2. Which political party do you currently support?

Liberal Democratic Party 33%(31)
Democratic Party of Japan 14%(14)
Komeito 4%(4)
Japan Communist Party 2%(3)
Social Democratic Party 1%(2)
The People’s New Party 0%(0)
The New Party of Japan 0%(0)
Other 1%(0)
Do not support any party 36%(41)
No answer/do not know 9%(5)

 

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.)

Very interested 23
Somewhat interested 47
Not very interested 25
Not at all interested 5

 

Q4. During the House of Councilors election, votes will be cast in electoral districts and proportional-representational blocks. Have you decided which party’s candidate you will vote for in your electoral district?

Have decided 37
Have not decided 61

 

Q5. Next, have you decided for the proportional-representation block?

Have decided 30
Have not decided 66

 

Q6. 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.

Liberal Democratic Party 31
Democratic Party of Japan 22
Komeito 4
Japan Communist Party 3
Social Democratic Party 1
The People’s New Party 0
The New Party of Japan 0
Others 0
Independent 1
No answer/do not know 38

 

Q7. 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.

Liberal Democratic Party 28
Democratic Party of Japan 21
Komeito 4
Japan Communist Party 3
Social Democratic Party 2
The People’s New Party 0
The New Party of Japan 0
Others 1
No answer/do not know 41

 

Q8. Would you like the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its 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?

LDP and coalition parties 32
DPJ and other opposition parties 44

 

Q9. Do you prefer a continuation of the administration [in power], composed primarily of the Liberal Democratic Party? Or do you prefer a change, to an administration composed primarily of the Democratic Party of Japan?

Administration composed of LDP 36
Administration composed of DPJ 30

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