Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll Released April 18, 2011

Key Issues
  • Support for the Kan cabinet
  • Evaluation of Kan cabinet’s response to the March 11 Tohoku earthquake
  • Future policy for nuclear power plants
Dates Conducted

April 16 and 17, 2011

Date Released

April 18, 2011 (Morning edition of the Asahi Shimbun)

Methodology

The poll was conducted by telephone on April 16 and 17 with voters from across Japan (except Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, which were affected by the March 11 Tohoku earthquake), 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 3,352, with 1,999 responses and a 60% response rate.  Decimals were rounded up.  The questions with ◆ marks are questions for everyone. The questions with ◇ are branching questions, and the numbers with them are the ratio to the participants who answered the questions. The numbers in 〈 〉 are the ratio to the whole. Unless otherwise noted, the numbers in ( ) are the results from a poll conducted on February 19 and 20, 2011.

Survey

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

Support 21% (20)
Do not support 60% (62)

 

Q2. Why? The left column is out of the 21% who support the Kan cabinet, while the right column is out of the 60% who do not support. ◇

Because the Prime Minister is Mr. Kan 21%〈4〉 5%〈3〉
Because the administration is centered around the DPJ 35%〈7〉 8%〈5〉
Because of the polices 14%〈3〉 20%〈12〉
Because of the ability to get things done 10%〈2〉 65%〈38〉

 

Q3.  Which political party do you currently support?  ◆

Democratic Party of Japan 17% (19)
Liberal Democratic Party 19% (18)
New Komeito 3% (3)
Japan Communist Party 2% (2)
Social Democratic Party 1% (1)
Your Party 1% (2)
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)
Other party 0% (0)
Do not support any party 49% (50)
No answer/Do not know 8% (5)

 

Q4.  If the general election were being held today, which party do you think you would vote for in the proportional representation section? ◆

Democratic Party of Japan 18% (19)
Liberal Democratic Party 30% (25)
New Komeito 4% (5)
Japan Communist Party 3% (3)
Social Democratic Party 1% (1)
Your Party 5% (6)
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)
Other party 1% (1)
No answer/Do not know 38% (40)

 

Q5.  Do you want Mr. Kan to continue to be the Prime Minister? Or want him to resign? ◆

Want him to continue to be the Prime Minister 36% (30)
Want him to resign 43% (49)

 

Q6.  Do you appreciate the response of the Kan cabinet to the March 11 Tohoku earthquake? ◆

Yes 22%
No 60%

 

Q7.  Do you appreciate the response of the Kan cabinet to the accident of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant? ◆

Yes 16%
No 67%

 

Q8.  Do you agree or disagree with the idea that DPJ and LDP form a grand coalition regime? ◆

Agree 43%
Disagree 37%

 

Q9.  Do you agree or disagree with the idea of increasing taxes to fund earthquake disaster reconstruction? ◆

Agree 59%
Disagree 31%

 

Q10.  Which do you think would be a better source for the bulk of earthquake disaster reconstruction funding: tax increases or government bonds?  ◆

Tax increases 48%
Government bonds 25%

 

Q11.  We will ask you about the accident in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. To what extent do you feel anxiety about the accident? (Please choose one) ◆

High anxiety 56%
Some anxiety 33%
Not much anxiety 9%
No anxiety 2%

 

Q12.  To what extent do you feel anxiety about the similar catastrophic accident at other nuclear power plants? (Please choose one) ◆

High anxiety 50%
Some anxiety 38%
Not much anxiety 10%
No anxiety 1%

 

Q13.  Do you think the government’s dissemination of information about the accident in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was appropriate? ◆

Appropriate 16%
Not appropriate 73%

 

Q14. Do you agree or not agree with utilizing nuclear power generation? ◆

Agree 50%
Do not agree 32%

 

Q15.  What should be the future of Japan’s nuclear power generation? (Please choose one) ◆

Nuclear power generation should be increased 5%
Nuclear power generation should continue as it is 51%
Nuclear power generation should be decreased 30%
Nuclear power generation should end 11%

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