Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll Released June 13, 2011

Key Issues
  • Support for the Kan cabinet
  • Support for general election
  • Support for grand coalition
  • Support for raising tax for social security and disaster reconstruction
Dates Conducted

June 11 and 12, 2011

Date Released

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

Methodology

The poll was conducted by telephone on June 11 and 12 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 3,394, with 1,980 responses and a 58% 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 ratio to the participants who answer 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 June 3 and 4, 2011.

Survey

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

Support

22% (28)

Do not support

56% (53)

 

Q2. Which political party do you currently support?  ◆

Democratic Party of Japan

19% (20)

Liberal Democratic Party

16% (17)

New Komeito

2% (3)

Japan Communist Party

2% (2)

Social Democratic Party

0% (0)

Your Party

1% (1)

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

52% (48)

No answer/Do not know

8% (9)

 

Q3.  Do you think that the administration should dissolve the House of Representatives for a general election as soon as possible? Or do you think that the administration does not need to be in a hurry?   ◆

As soon as possible

19%

No need to be in a hurry

69%

 

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

20%

Liberal Democratic Party

24%

New Komeito

4%

Japan Communist Party

3%

Social Democratic Party

1%

Your Party

3%

The People’s New Party

0%

The Sunrise Party of Japan

0%

The Tax Cut Party of Japan

0%

The New Party Nippon

0%

New Renaissance Party

0%

Other party

1%

No answer/Do not know

44%

 

Q5.  Do you think that it would be better if the ruling party and the opposition party come to a compromise and cooperate more in the current Diet?◆

Come to a compromise and cooperate more

84%

No need to do that

10%

 

Q6.  Do you for or against the idea of the DPJ and LDP forming a grand coalition administration? ◆

For

42%

Against

32%

 

Q7.  If DPJ and LDP formed a grand coalition administration, should the administration limit the agenda to disaster reconstruction, or should the administration tackle not only disaster reconstruction but also other agendas such as social security? ◆

Only disaster reconstruction

48%

Not only disaster reconstruction but also other agendas

45%

 

Q8.  If DPJ and LDP formed a grand coalition administration, would it be better to choose the prime minister from DPJ or LDP? ◆

DPJ

33%

LDP

21%

 

Q9.  Do you appreciate the way the Kan Cabinet has handled the accident of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant? ◆

Yes

19%

No

63%

 

Q10. Do you agree or disagree with utilizing nuclear power? ◆

Agree

37%

Disagree

42%

 

Q11.  Across the nation, nuclear power plants have suspended operations for periodic inspections. If the nuclear power plants pass inspections and satisfy safety measures set by the government, would you be for or against the idea of restarting them? ◆

For

51%

Against

35%

 

Q12.  Do you agree or disagree with the idea of gradually reducing the use of nuclear power and eventually, stop using it in the future?  ◆

Agree

74%

Disagree

14%

 

Q13.  The next question concerns natural energy such as wind power and solar power. Do you think that natural energy will replace nuclear energy?  ◆

Natural energy will replace nuclear energy

64%

I do not think so

24%

 

Q14.  Do you think it would be better to raise the proportion of natural energy in the total electric power supply even though electricity prices rise? Or do you think it would be better not to raise the proportion of natural energy if the electricity prices will rise? ◆

Raise the proportion of natural energy

65%

Not to raise the proportion of natural energy

19%

 

Q15.  Do you agree or disagree with the idea of raising taxes in order to fund the earthquake disaster reconstruction? ◆

Agree

54%

Disagree

35%

 

Q15 b. (This question is answered by 54% of individuals who agreed with the idea of raising tax rate for earthquake disaster reconstruction) If the government raised the tax rate, should it be centered on consumption tax or should it be centered on income tax and corporate income tax? ◇

Consumption tax

45%〈25〉

Income tax and corporate income tax

40%〈22〉

 

Q16.  Aside from a source of revenue for disaster reconstruction, the government research committee compiled a proposal to raise the consumption tax rate incrementally to 10 percent by fiscal year 2015 to secure the financial resources needed for social security.  Do you agree or disagree with this proposal? ◆

Agree

43%

Disagree

44%

 

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