Asahi Shimbun November 2010 Emergency Public Opinion Poll (10-32)

Key Issues
  • Support for the Kan cabinet
  • Dissolution of the House of Representatives
  • Senkakus and Northern Territories issues
  • Ozawa political funding scandal
Dates Conducted

November 13 and 14 , 2010

Date Released

November 16, 2010 (Morning edition of the Asahi Shimbun)

Methodology

The poll was conducted by telephone on November 13 and 14 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 3,321, with 1,956 responses and a 59% response rate.  Decimals were rounded up.  Unless otherwise noted, the numbers in ( ) are the results from a poll conducted on October 5 and 6, 2010.

Survey

Q1.  Do you support or not support the Kan cabinet?

Support 27% (45)
Do not support 52% (36)

 

SQ1.  Why? (Please choose one from the following.  On the left are the 27% that answered “Support,” and on the right are the 52% that answered “Do not support.”)

The prime minister is Mr. Kan 20% [5] 1% [1]
The administration is centered around the Democratic Party of Japan 40% [11] 9% [5]
Policies 21% [6] 23% [12]
Ability to get things done 9% [2] 64% [33]

 

Q2.  Which political party do you currently support?

Democratic Party of Japan 25% (33)
Liberal Democratic Party 19% (17)
New Komeito 4% (3)
Japan Communist Party 1% (2)
Social Democratic Party 1% (1)
Your Party 2% (3)
The People’s New Party 0% (0)
The Sunrise Party of Japan 0% (0)
The New Party Nippon 0% (0)
New Renaissance Party 0% (0)
The Happiness Realization Party  0% (0)
Other party  0% (0)
Do not support any party 42% (38)
No answer/Do not know 6% (3)

 

Q3.   How do you evaluate Prime Minister Kan’s performance so far? The numbers in ( ) are the results of a poll conducted on September 4 and 5. (Please choose one)

Greatly evaluate 1% (2)
Somewhat positively evaluate 28% (45)
Somewhat not positively evaluate 51% (42)
Do not evaluate at all 18% (8)

 

Q4.  Going forward, what is your level of expectations for Prime Minister Kan.? (Please choose one)

High expectations 8%
Some expectations 33%
Not many expectations 39%
No expectations 19%

 

Q5.  Do you think it is necessary or not necessary to quickly dissolve the lower house and hold a general election?  The numbers in ( ) are the results of a poll conducted on July 12 and 13.

It is important to do so quickly 31%  (23)
It is not important to do so quickly 60%  (68)

 

Q6.  If the general election were being held today, which party do you think you would vote for in the proportional representation section? The numbers in ( ) are the results of a poll conducted on September 18 and 19.

Democratic Party of Japan 28% (38)
Liberal Democratic Party 27% (20)
New Komeito 4% (4)
Japan Communist Party 2% (2)
Social Democratic Party 1% (1)
Your Party 5% (11)
The People’s New Party 0% (0)
The Sunrise Party of Japan 0% (0)
The New Party Nippon 0% (0)
New Renaissance Party 0% (0)
The Happiness Realization Party 0% (0)
Other party 1% (1)
No answer/Do not know 32% (23)

 

Q7.  Do you think it would be good for a DPJ-centered administration to continue or not?  The numbers in ( ) are the results of a poll conducted on September 14 and 15.

It would be good for a DPJ-centered administration to continue 32% (38)
It would not be good for a DPJ-centered administration to continue 53% (40)

 

Q8.  Do you approve or not approve of the Kan cabinet’s handling of diplomacy?

Approve 11%
Do not approve 77%

 

Q9.  Do you approve or not approve of the Kan cabinet’s handling of the Northern Territories issue?

Approve 10%
Do not approve 73%

 

Q10.  The Government did not make public a video of a Chinese fishing boat colliding with a Japanese patrol boat near the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture.  Do you think this was an appropriate or inappropriate decision?

Appropriate 12%
Not appropriate 79%

 

Q11.  As one part of its effort to reduce administrative waste, the Kan cabinet is holding budget screening sessions.  Do you expect or not expect that the government will be able to reduce waste through these sessions?

I expect that the government will be able to reduce administrative waste through these sessions 52%
I do not expect that the government will be able to reduce administrative waste through these sessions 39%

 

Q12.  The DPJ’s Ichiro Ozawa is currently involved in a political funding scandal and a mandatory indictment has been issued.  Do you think Mr. Ozawa should explain his situation in the Diet or is it sufficient if he explains it in court?

He should explain it in the Diet. 65%
It is sufficient if he explains it in court. 27%

 

Q13.  Has the DPJ’s handling of Mr. Ozawa’s political funding scandal been appropriate or not appropriate?

Appropriate 7%
Not appropriate 82%

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