April 2005 Nikkei Regular Telephone Opinion Poll

April 2005 Nikkei Regular Telephone Opinion Poll

Dates Conducted

April 7 – 10, 2005

Date Released

April 11, 2005 (Nikkei Shimbun)

Methodology

The Nikkei Shimbun regularly conducts public opinion polls on attitudes toward the government and domestic policy issues. The telephone poll surveyed 1,553 males and females over the age of 20 throughout Japan.

Key Issues

  • Support for Prime Minister Koizumi
  • Constitutional revision

Disclaimer

The Mansfield Foundation is responsible for the translation of this Nikkei Shimbun poll, subject to the Mansfield Foundation Terms of Use.

 

Survey

Q1. Do you support the Koizumi cabinet or not? (N=1553)

Support 44%
Don’t support 41%
Can’t say/don’t know 15%

Q1SQ1. For those who answered “support” in Q1, what is the reason for your support? Please choose as many as apply. (N=680)

Because it is an LDP cabinet 20%
Good policies 16%
Good sense in international affairs 18%
Leadership 22%
Stability 16%
Can trust personality 31%
Clean 20%
Others 7%
Can’t say/don’t know 6%

 

Q1SQ2. For those who answered “don’t support” in Q1, what is the reason for your non-support? Please choose as many as it apply. (N=635)

Because it is an LDP cabinet 19%
Bad policies 46%
Bad sense in international affairs 19%
Lack of leadership 31%
Instability 27%
Cannot trust personality 31%
Not clean 5%
Others 4%
Can’t say/don’t know 4%

 

Q2. Which political party do you currently support? Please choose one. (N=1553)

Liberal Democratic Party 30%
Democratic Party ofJapan 15%
New Komeito 4%
Japanese Communist Party 2%
Social Democratic Party 1%
Others 1%
Don’t support any party 43%
Can’t say/don’t know 7%

Q2SQ. For those who answered “don’t support any party” or “can’t say/don’t know” in Q2, if you have to choose one party, which party do you feel is most preferable? (N=734)

Liberal Democratic Party 15%
Democratic Party ofJapan 16%
New Komeito 1%
Japanese Communist Party 4%
Social Democratic Party 3%
Others 1%
Don’t support any party 43%
Can’t say/don’t know 17%

[Support + preferable parties (N=1553)]

Liberal Democratic Party 37%
Democratic Party ofJapan 22%
New Komeito 4%
Japanese Communist Party 4%
Social Democratic Party 3%
Others 1%
Don’t support any party 20%
Can’t say/don’t know 8%

Q3. What policy issues do you want the Koizumi cabinet to prioritize? Please choose as many as apply from the following 15 answers. (N=1553)

Economy 36%
Fiscal reform 21%
Tax reform 22%
Administrative reform/deregulation 8%
Diplomacy/national security issues 21%
Social security issues including pension and welfare 56%
Employment 26%
Education 28%
Reforms in political systems 15%
Postal privatization 13%
So called “Sanmi ittai” or triple reform of central and local governments taxing systems 14%
Local economy revitalization 16%
Constitutional issues 10%
Environmental issues 18%
Safety/crime control 24%
Others 1%
Can’t say/don’t know 13%

Q4. Discussions on revising the Constitution are getting into full swing in the Diet and among political parties. What do you think about the Constitution? Please choose one of the following two answers. (N=1553)

Fine as it is 29%
Should revise 54%
Can’t say/don’t know 17%

Q4SQ1. For those who answered “fine as it is” in Q4, why do you think it is fine as it is? Please choose one from the following four answers. (N=443)

Because the current Constitution does not have any specific problem 17%
Because revising the Constitution could change pacifism 47%
Because there are many other issues to work on 18%
Because the Constitution should not be revised unless there is a compelling reason 17%
Others 1%
Can’t say/don’t know 0%

Q4SQ2. For those who answered “should revise” in Q4, why do you think it should be revised? Please choose one from the following four answers. (N=843)

Because the current Constitution was formulated under the occupation 12%
Because clauses that are detached from reality stand out 26%
Because it is necessary to include new ideas 48%
Because it is necessary to change the country’s systems to make it easier to advance reforms 12%
Others 1%
Can’t say/don’t know 1%

 

Q4SQ3. For those who answered “should revise” in Q4, What do you think about the timing of revision? Please choose one from the following three answers. (N=843)

Should revise as soon as possible 36%
Should revise in some years 33%
Should discuss in details without setting a deadline 29%
Can’t say/don’t know 2%

 

Q5. What are problems in the current Constitution if there is any? Please choose as many as apply from the following five answers. (N=1553)

Article 9, which stipulates renunciation of war, does not match the reality 26%
No clauses on environmental right, the right of privacy, etc. that reflect changes of the times 35%
Clauses on the Diet, including the two-chamber system of House of Representatives and House of Councillors, are not appropriate 23%
It allows government to intervene in such a wide realm, and freedom of economic activities is not clear. 22%
Insufficient consideration of local autonomy 22%
Others 1%
No problem 2%
Can’t say/don’t know 21%

 

Q6. What do you think about the characterization of the Self Defense Force under the Constitution? Please select one from the following four answers. (N=1553)

Should stipulate its existence in the Constitution as “Self Defense Force” 26%
Should make clear that it is a military force by calling such name as “Self Defense Army” in the Constitution 20%
Should not mention in the Constitution, fine as it is 24%
Should not mention in the Constitution and should think towards reduction or abolition 10%
Can’t say/don’t know 20%

Q7. The current constitution stipulates the Diet as two-chamber system of House of Representatives and House of Councillors. What do you think about it? Please choose one from the following three answers. (N=1553)

Should maintain the two-chamber system 37%
Should maintain the two-chamber system, but should weaken the authority of the House of Councillors 13%
Should change to one-chamber system 28%
Can’t say/don’t know 22%

Q8. The Constitution can be revised when more than two thirds of members of both Houses approve and more than half of the entire population approve. What do you think about it? Please choose one from the following three answers. (N=1553)

Should loosen the conditions to make it easier to revise 30%
Fine as is 39%
Should tighten the conditions to make it more difficult to revise 11%
Can’t say/don’t know 20%

 

Q9. Prime Minister Koizumi plans to finalize the outline of Postal Privatization Bill and pass the Bill in this Diet session. What do you think about his approach? Please choose one from the following four answers. (N=1553)

Support Prime Minister’s approach 13%
Should privatize more drastically 22%
Should privatize with gaining more support from opposition forces 33%
Oppose to the privatization 12%
Can’t say/don’t know 20%

Q10. Conflicts between Fuji TV and Livedoor over acquisition of Nippon Broadcasting System continue. What do you think about it? Please choose one from the following two answers. (N=1553)

Support Fuji TV 30%
Support Livedoor 40%
Can’t say/don’t know 31%

 

F1. Gender (judged by interviewers, N=1553)

Male 43%
Female 57%
Unknown 0%

 

F2. Age (N=1553)

20s 9%
30s 20%
40s 17%
50s 21%
60s 16%
Over 70 16%
Refuse to answer 1%

 

F3. What is your occupation? Please choose one from the following. (N=1553)

Agriculture, forestry, fishery 2%
Employed (corporate employee, bureaucrat, teacher, etc.) 42%
Self-employed (business, engineer), freelance (including family business) 11%
House wife (without any outside job) 25%
Student 2%
Unemployed 17%
Refuse to answer 2%

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