- Raising the consumption tax
- Redistribution of tax revenues from big cities to rural areas
- Food labeling
November 3 and 4, 2007
November 6, 2007
The poll was conducted by telephone on November 3 and 4, 2007, of 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 2088, with a 59% response rate. The numbers in [ ] are the percentages of those polled as compared to the entire population of those who answered.
Q1. The following question concerns the issue of taxes. Discussion of tax reform has centered, to a large extent, on an increase of the consumption tax. Do you think that raising the consumption tax is necessary, or not? (Numbers in the parentheses are the results from a poll conducted on July 7 and 8.)
Q2. Some say that raising the consumption tax is necessary in order to establish a source of revenue for social security. Do you find this idea convincing, or not?
Q3. There is a growing gap between tax revenue collected by local governments in big cities on the one hand, and rural areas on the other. Do you support the idea of establishing a new mechanism to redistribute a portion of big-city tax revenues to rural areas, or not?
Q4. The next question concerns food labeling. When you purchase food products, do you pay careful attention to quality-control labels showing place of origin, ingredients and expiration date, or do you not think about it?
|Pay careful attention||80%|
|Do not think about it||19%|
SQ1. For the 80% of people who answered “pay careful attention,” did you pay attention before, or did you start paying attention as a result of the improper-labeling issue that has occurred recently?
|Paid attention before||85%|
|As a result of the labeling issue||14%|
Q5. To what degree do you trust the labels on food products showing place of origin, ingredients and expiration date? (Please select one.)
|To a large degree||8%|
|To a certain extent||66%|
|Not at all||4%|
Q6. In the future, will you purchase food products from a company that has labeled its products improperly, with deceptive ingredient labels and fraudulent expiration dates? (Please select one.)
|Will purchase without hesitation||5%|
|Would purchase, depending on what steps the company takes||50%|
|Will try to avoid purchasing||32%|
|Will never purchase again||12%|