July 2005 Nikkei Special Telephone Opinion Poll on Japanese Postal Privatization

July 2005 Nikkei Special Telephone Opinion Poll on Postal Privatization

Dates Conducted

July 7 – 9, 2005

Date Released

July 10, 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 1,069 males and females over the age of 20 throughout Japan.

Key Issues

  • Support for Prime Minister Koizumi
  • Support for postal privatization reform

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=1069)

Support 43%
Don’t support 43%
Can’t say/don’t know 14%

 

Q2. What political party do you currently support? Please choose one. (N=1069)

Liberal Democratic Party 31%
Democratic Party of Japan 15%
New Komeito 4%
Japanese Communist Party 2%
Social Democratic Party 1%
Others 0%
Don’t support any party 37%
Can’t say/don’t know 9%

 

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=491)

Liberal Democratic Party 15%
Democratic Party of Japan 20%
New Komeito 1%
Japanese Communist Party 5%
Social Democratic Party 2%
Others 0%
Don’t support any party 39%
Can’t say/don’t know 19%

[Support + preferable parties (N=1069)]

Liberal Democratic Party 38%
Democratic Party of Japan 24%
New Komeito 4%
Japanese Communist Party 5%
Social Democratic Party 2%
Others 0%
Don’t support any party 18%
Can’t say/don’t know 9%

 

Q3. The Postal Privatization Bill is being deliberated in the Diet. The Bill passed the Lower House at the July 5 vote in its plenary session by as little margin as five votes, as some members from the LDP voted against the Bill or missed the session in opposition to the party policy. What do you think about the rebellion by these members? Please choose one of the following three answers. (N=1069)

Understandable 22%
Understandable to some extent 40%
Not understandable 31%
Can’t say/don’t know 7%

 

Q4. Prime Minister Koizumi has indicated the possibility of dissolving the Lower House and elections in case the Postal Privatization Bill does not pass in this Diet session. What do you think about Prime Minister’s political posture like this? Please choose one of the following three answers. (N=1069)

Support Prime Minister’s posture 24%
Should not persist on enactment within this Diet session, and should gain understanding from opposition parties as well for enactment 43%
Oppose to enactment of the Postal Privatization Bill 22%
Can’t say/don’t know 10%

 

Q5. Prime Minister Koizumi’s tenure as the president of the Liberal Democratic Party will end in September 2006. How long do you think the Koizumi administration should last? Please choose one from the following three answers. (N=1069)

The administration should step down as soon as possible 20%
The administration should step down by the end of this year 14%
The administration should fulfill its term 55%
Can’t say/don’t know 11%

F1. Gender (judged by interviewers, N=1069)

Male 44%
Female 56%
Unknown 0%

 

F2. Age (N=1069)

20s 7%
30s 19%
40s 16%
50s 21%
60s 17%
Over 70 17%
Refuse to answer 3%

 

F3. What is your occupation? Please choose one from the following. (N=1069)

Agriculture, forestry, fishery 4%
Employed (corporate employee, bureaucrat, teacher, etc.) 39%
Self-employed (business, engineer), freelance
(including family business)
13%
House wife (without any outside job) 23%
Student 1%
Unemployed 17%
Refuse to answer 3%

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