Asahi Shimbun Regular Opinion Poll September 4, 2011

Key Issues
  • Expectations towards the new Noda cabinet
Dates Conducted

September 2 and 3, 2011

Date Released

September 4, 2011 (Morning edition of the Asahi Shimbun)

Methodology

The poll was conducted by telephone from September 2 to September 3 with voters from across Japan (certain regions of Fukushima prefecture excluded) selected by the Asahi RDD method. The turnout was 59%, having received 1051 answers from the original 1773 questioned.

Figures are in percentages, with decimals being rounded up. Unless otherwise specified, figures in () are the results of a poll conducted on August 25 and 26, 2011. Figures in [] represent the percentage from the whole.

Survey

Q1. Do you support the Noda cabinet?

Support 53
Do not support 18

 

S1. Why? Select one from the following (Figures on the left are the 53% who answered “Support” while figures on the right are the 18% who answered “Do not support” to Q1.)

The prime minister is Noda 26 [13] 2 [0]
It is a DPJ centered cabinet 14 [7] 42 [7]
Policies 24 [13] 16 [3]
The ability to get things done 28 [15] 35 [6]

 

Q2. Which political party do you currently support?

Democratic Party of Japan 31 (18)
Liberal Democratic Party 17 (15)
New Komeito 3 (3)
Japan Communist Party 2 (3)
Social Democratic Party 1 (1)
Your Party 1 (1)
People’s New Party 0 (0)
Sunrise Party of Japan 0 (0)
Genzei Nippon “Tax Cut Japan” 0 (0)
New Party Nippon 0 (0)
New Renaissance Party 0 (0)
Other 1 (1)
Do not support a particular party 36 (51)
No answer/ Don’t know 8 (7)

 

Q3. If elections were to be held today, which party would you vote for in the proportional representation section?

Democratic Party of Japan 31 (20)
Liberal Democratic Party 23 (22)
New Komeito 3 (3)
Japan Communist Party 4 (5)
Social Democratic Party 2 (2)
Your Party 4 (4)
People’s New Party 0 (0)
Sunrise Party of Japan 0 (0)
Genzei Nippon “Tax Cut Japan” 0 (0)
New Party Nippon 0 (0)
New Renaissance Party 0 (0)
Other 3 (1)
No answer/ Don’t know 30 (43)

 

Q4. Looking at the new cabinet and upper management members of the Democratic Party of Japan, do you think that Prime Minister Noda would be able to make progress?

Will make progress 48
Will not make progress 25

 

Q5. Prime Minister Noda appointed Azuma Koshiishi as Secretary-General of the Democratic Party of Japan. Do you agree or disagree with this move?

Agree 36
Disagree 35

 

Q6. Do you think that Noda will be able to unify the Democratic Party of Japan?

Yes 52
No 30

 

Q7. Do you think that Noda will be able to win the cooperation of opposition parties such as the Liberal Democratic Party?

Yes 49
No 33

 

Q8. Do you think that Noda will be able to have effective leadership over the bureaucracy?

Yes 44
No 33

 

Q9. Noda has shown a willingness to raise taxes in order to procure the budget for social welfare and disaster relief. Do you agree with this stance?

Agree 57
Disagree 32

 

Q10. Do you think that Noda would be able to cut unnecessary spending by the government?

Yes 30
No 50

 

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