Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll Released December 13, 2011

Key Issues
  • Support for the Noda cabinet
  • Social Security and taxes
  • Nuclear Power
Dates Conducted

December 10 and 11, 2011

Date Released

December 13, 2011 (Morning edition of the Asahi Shimbun).


The poll was conducted by telephone on December 10 and 11 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 3,066, with 1,655 responses and a 54% response rate. Decimals were rounded up. Unless otherwise noted, t The numbers in ( ) are the results from a poll conducted on November 12 and 13 , 2010.


Q1.Do you support the Noda cabinet?

Support 31% (40)
Do not support 43% (33)


SQ1.Why? (Please choose one from the following. On the left are the 31% that answered “Support,” and on the right are the 43% that answered “Do not support.”)

The prime minister is Mr. Noda 25%(8) 3% (1)
The administration is centered around the Democratic Party of Japan 22%(7) 17% (7)
Policies 24%(7) 28% (12)
Ability to get things done 16%(5) 48 %  (20)


SQ1. (For the 26% of the people who chose [Others, no comment] in response to Q1) Do you think there is not enough evidence to evaluate the Noda cabinet? Or do you not think so?

There is not enough evidence 67% (18)
I do not think so 10% (3)

Q2. Which political party do you currently support?

Democratic Party of Japan 20% (23)
Liberal Democratic Party 16% (15)
New Komeito 2% (3)
Japan Communist Party 2% (2)
Social Democratic Party 0% (1)
Your Party 4% (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 1% (1)
Do not support any party 50% (45)
No answer/Do not know 5% (8)

Q3. How often do you get to see or hear about Noda PM on a newspaper or TV? (Choose one)?

Very often 19%
Some degree 52%
Not really 26%
Not at all 3%

Q4. Are you empathetic with what Noda is hoping to do as a PM? Or not?

Yes, I feel for him 20%
No, I don’t feel for him 71%

Q5. House of Councillors passed censure motions against Defense Minister Ichikawa and Minister of Consumer Affairs Yamaoka. Prime Minister Noda addressed that he will continue to keep those two ministers. Do you support Prime Minister Noda’s decision? Are you empathetic with what Noda is hoping to do as a PM? Or not?

Yes, I support his decision 25%
No, I don’t support his decision 59%


Q6. Aside from the tax increase for the earthquake restoration, the government is planning to raise the consumption tax in stages to 10% by the mid-2010s in order to finance social security. Do you agree on the 10% tax increase on consumption for social security?

Agree 45% (50)
Disagree 45% (52)


Q7. How much do you rely on the Japan’s social security measure? (Choose one)

Very much 3%
To some extent 36%
Not much 50%
Not at all 10%


Q8. What do you think about tax increase for financial recovery? (Choose one)

Agree 8%
Somewhat agree 44%
Somewhat disagree 31%
Disagree 13%


Q9. Do you agree on use of nuclear power generation?

Agree 30%
Disagree 57%


Q10. Are you for the idea of gradually decommissioning nuclear power plant operation and bring to a complete halt in the future? Or are you against the idea?

I am for it 77%
I am against it 16%


Q11. To what extent do you feel insecure about the influence of radioactive materials leaking from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident on you and your family? (Choose one)

Very much 25%
To a certain extent 42%
Not much 25%
Not at all 8%


Q12. Regarding the policy of increasing the application of renewable energy such as solar and wind energy, how much do you think you can expect from the Noda cabinet? (Choose one)

Very much 2%
To a certain extent 26%
Not much 57%
Not at all 13%


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