Asahi Shimbun September 2008 Special Opinion Poll (08-16)

Key Issues
  • Resignation of Prime Minister Fukuda
Dates Conducted

September 2 and 3, 2008

Date Released

September 4, 2008 (Morning Edition of the Asahi Shimbun)


The poll was conducted by telephone from the evening of September 2 through the evening of September 3 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 1,069, with a 58% response rate. Decimals were rounded up. Portions of some answers have been abbreviated. Figures in parentheses are the results of a survey conducted on August 30 and 31, 2008.


Q1. Prime Minister Fukuda has announced his resignation. Do you think it is a good thing that Mr. Fukuda has decided to resign, or not?

Good thing 46%
Not a good thing 34%


Q2. Do you think that it was irresponsible of Mr. Fukuda to announce his resignation at this point in time, or not?

Irresponsible 66%
Not irresponsible 25%

Q3. Following former Prime Minister Abe, Mr. Fukuda is the second prime minister to resign suddenly after less than a year in office. Has this changed your impression of the Liberal Democratic Party for the worse, or not at all?

Changed for the worse 51%
No change at all 44%


Q4. How do you evaluate Mr. Fukuda’s performance during the year that he served as prime minister? Please select one from the following list:

Very favorably 1%
Somewhat favorably 29%
Not very favorably 47%
Not at all favorably 21%


Q5. Who do you think would be good as the next prime minister? Please select one of the following members of the Diet.

Taro Aso 30%
Ichiro Ozawa 8%
Junichiro Koizumi 4%
Koike Yuriko 3%
Yoichi Masuzoe 1%
Nobuteru Ishihara 1%
Katsuya Okada 1%
Seiko Noda 1%
Other politician 4%


Q6. Which political party do you currently support?

Liberal Democratic Party 29% (26)
Democratic Party of Japan 21% (20)
Komeito 3% (3)
Japan Communist Party 1% (3)
Social Democratic Party 2% (1)
The People’s New Party 0% (0)
The New Party of Japan 0% (0)
Other 0% (0)
Do not support any party 37% (40)

Q7. 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’s no need to rush?

As soon as possible 56% (43)
No need to rush 33% (45)

Q8. If the general election were being held today, which party would you vote for in your proportional-representation district? Please answer with the party’s name.

Liberal Democratic Party 28% (27)
Democratic Party of Japan 32% (31)
Komeito 4% (3)
Japan Communist Party 3% (4)
Social Democratic Party 2% (2)
The People’s New Party 1% (0)
The New Party of Japan 0% (0)
Other 0% (1)

Q9. Do you think that it would be best for the administration to continue to be centered on the LDP? Or do you think that there should be a changing of the guard, to an administration centered on the Democratic Party of Japan?

Administration centered on the LDP 32%
Administration centered on the DPJ 41%


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