Asahi Shimbun September 2007 Opinion Polls – Inauguration of the Fukuda Cabinet (07-27)

Key Issues
  • Support for Prime Minister Fukuda and his administration
Dates Conducted

September 25 and 26, 2007

Date Released

September 27, 2007


The poll was conducted by telephone on September 25 (following the announcement of the makeup of the Fukuda cabinet) and September 26, 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 908, with a 55% response rate. The numbers in [ ] are the percentages of those polled as compared to the entire population of those who answered. The numbers in ( ) are the results from a poll conducted on September 15 and 16, 2007.


Q1. The following question concerns the recently-formed Fukuda cabinet. Do you support the Fukuda cabinet, or not?

Support 44%(45)
Do not support 36%(34)


SQ1. Why? (Please select one of the following.) (The results in the left column are those 53% who answered “support,” and the results in the right column are the 27% who answered “do not support.”)

Fukuda is the Prime Minister 25%[13] 10%[3]
The cabinet is primarily composed of LDP members 20%[11] 49%[13]
Policies of the cabinet 22%[12] 27%[7]
Just because 30%[16] 8%[2]


Q2. Which political party do you currently support?

Liberal Democratic Party 33%(32)
Democratic Party of Japan 25%(24)
Komeito 4%(1)
Japan Communist Party 3%(2)
Social Democratic Party 1%(1)
The People’s New Party 0%(0)
The New Party of Japan 0%(0)
Other 0%(0)
Do not support any party 30%(35)
No answer/do not know 4%(5)


Q3. Do you think that Mr. Fukuda is a politician who is close to the people’s sensibilities, or not?

Close to the people’s sensibilities 38%
Not close to the people’s sensibilities 41%


Q4.  Do you think that Mr. Fukuda has the ability to follow through, or not?

Has the ability to follow through 46%
Lacks the ability to follow through 32%


Q5.  Do you think that Mr. Fukuda seems to have balance, or not?

Seems to have balance 58%
Does not seem to have balance 22%


Q6.  Many of the cabinet ministers from the preceding Abe cabinet are included in the new cabinet. Do you think that this is a good thing, or not?

Good 55%
Not good 27%


Q7. Considering the background to the formation of the Fukuda cabinet, do you think that the Liberal Democratic Party has returned to the LDP of old, or not?

Returned to the LDP of old 56%
Has not returned to the LDP of old 29%


Q8. Do you think that the Liberal Democratic Party under Prime Minister Fukuda will improve, worsen or remain unchanged?

Improve 22%
Worsen 6%
Remain unchanged 65%


Q9. The following questions concern three of the Fukuda cabinet’s policy issues: pensions, economic disparities and foreign policy. First, do you expect measures to deal with pensions, or not?

Expect 67%
Do not expect 26%


Q10. Next, do you expect measures to deal with income disparities, or not?

Expect 49%
Do not expect 41%


Q11. Finally, do you expect measures on foreign-policy issues, or not?

Expect 55%
Do not expect 34%


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