Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll Released June 5, 2011

Key Issues
  • Support for the Kan cabinet
  • Kan’s declaration of resignation
  • Evaluation of no-confidence motion
Dates Conducted

June 3 and 4, 2011

Date Released

June 5, 2011 (Morning edition of the Asahi Shimbun).


The poll was conducted by telephone on June 3 and 4 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 1,690, with 1,044 responses and a 62% 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 May 14 and 15, 2011.


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


28% (26)

Do not support

53% (51)


Q2. Which political party do you currently support?  ◆

Democratic Party of Japan

20% (19)

Liberal Democratic Party

17% (19)

New Komeito

3% (3)

Japan Communist Party

2% (2)

Social Democratic Party

0% (0)

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

48% (45)

No answer/Do not know

9% (10)


Q3.  Prime Minister Kan declared that he would step down once certain progress had been made in the rebuilding process after the March 11 Tohoku earthquake and nuclear crisis in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Do you think that it was good that the Prime Minister declared the resignation? ◆






Q4.  Prime Minister Kan did not make any definite statement on when he will resign. Are you satisfied with the fact that he did not mention when he will resign? ◆



Not satisfied



Q5.  When do you think Prime Minister Kan should resign? (Please choose one)  ◆

In June


After passing the budget repair bill for the earthquake disaster reconstruction


After seeing prospects for restoring the nuclear crisis in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to its normal state



Q6.  Do you think that response to the earthquake disaster reconstruction and the nuclear accident will progress better if Prime Minister Kan resigns, and new prime minister plays a leadership role? ◆

Progress better


I do not think so



Q7.  What kind of administration do you think should be formed after Prime Minister Kan’s resignation? (Please choose one)  ◆

Administration centered around the DPJ


Administration centered around the LDP


Administration centered around a grand coalition of the DPJ and the LDP



Q8.  The LDP and others submitted a no-confidence motion to the House of Representatives and it was defeated. Do you appreciate the submission of the no-confidence motion? ◆



Not appreciate



Q9.  Do you think the DPJ should continue as one group or split up? ◆

Split up


Stay together



Q10.  The Diet is responsible for the budget and to enact laws. Do you think the Diet is fulfilling its duty to handle the earthquake disaster reconstruction?  Or do you think that the Diet is not fulfilling its duty? ◆

Fulfilling its duty


Not fulfilling its duty



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