Asahi Shimbun September 2007 Opinion Poll – Resignation of Prime Minster Abe (07-25)

Key Issues
  • Resignation of Prime Minister Abe
  • Continued operations by the Self Defense Forces in the Indian Ocean
  • Dissolution of House of Representatives, new election
  • Preferences for new prime minister
Dates Conducted

September 13, 2007

Date Released

September 14, 2007


The poll was conducted by telephone on September 13, 2007, of 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 1029, with a 62% response rate.


Q1. Prime Minister Abe has announced his intention to resign. Do you think that it is a good thing that Mr. Abe is resigning as prime minister, or not?

Good thing 51%
Not a good thing 29%


Q2. Prime Minister Abe announced his intention to resign during the same day that he answered questions in the Diet, and two days after he had delivered a policy speech to the Diet. Do you feel that the timing of his announcement was irresponsible, or not?

Irresponsible 70%
Not irresponsible 22%


Q3. Did Prime Minister Abe’s announcement that he intends to resign surprise you, or not?

Surprised 67%
Not surprised 30%


Q4.  Mr. Abe served as prime minister for approximately one year. To what extent do you positively evaluate his accomplishments? (Please select one.)

Very positively 4%
Somewhat positively 33%
Not very positively 45%
Not at all positively 15%


Q5. Warships from several countries, including the United States, are deployed in the Indian Ocean, to combat terrorist groups in Afghanistan. The legislation that allows the Self Defense Forces to support coalition warships, known as the Anti-Terrorism Special Measures Act, will expire on November 1. The government intends to submit a new bill to the Diet to allow the operations to continue, but the Democratic Party of Japan is opposed to it. Are you in favor of continued operations by the Self Defense Forces in the Indian Ocean, or not?

In favor 35%
Opposed 45%


Q6. As one of his reasons for the announcement of his resignation, Prime Minister Abe provided the explanation that he had decided that “it was necessary, in order to achieve a breakthrough” that would allow continued Self Defense Forces operations in the Indian Ocean. Are you convinced by this explanation, or not?

Convinced 11%
Not convinced 75%

Q7. Who do you think would be a good choice for the next prime minister? Please select any one member of the current Diet.

Taro Aso 14%
Yasuo Fukuda 13%
Junichiro Koizumi 11%
Ichiro Ozawa 6%
Yoichi Masuzoe 2%
Sadakazu Tanigaki 2%
Nobutaka Machimura 1%
Other politician 2%
No answer/do not know 49%


Q8. Which political party do you currently support? (Numbers in parentheses are the results of a poll conducted on August 27 and 28, 2007.)

Liberal Democratic Party 30%(25)
Democratic Party of Japan 28%(32)
Komeito 3%(3)
Japan Communist Party 2%(3)
Social Democratic Party 1%(1)
The People’s New Party 0%(0)
The New Party of Japan 0%(0)
Others 0%(1)
Do not support any party 30%(29)
No answer/do not know 6%(6)


Q9. Do you think that the House of Representatives should be dissolved and a general election held as soon as possible? Or do you think that there is no need to rush? (Numbers in parentheses are results from a poll conducted on July 30 and 31, 2007.)

As soon as possible 50%(39)
No need to rush 43%(54)

Q10. Do you think that it is a good thing for the administration to be composed mostly of LDP members? Or do you think that there should be a change over to an administration composed primarily of DPJ members? (The numbers in parentheses are the results from a poll conducted on July 21 and 22, 2007.)

Composed mostly of LDP members 33%(30)
Change to mostly DPJ members 41%(46)


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