June 2005 Nikkei Regular Telephone Opinion Poll

June 2005 Nikkei Regular Telephone Opinion Poll

Dates Conducted

June 16 – 19, 2005

Date Released

June 20, 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 1,704 males and females over the age of 20 throughout Japan.

Key Issues

  • Support for Prime Minister Koizumi
  • Postal privatization
  • Prime Minister Koizumi’s visits to Yasukuni Shrine

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=1704)

Support 48%
Don’t support 39%
Can’t say/don’t know 13%

 

 

Q1SQ1. For those who answered “support” in Q1, what is the reason for your support? Please choose as many as apply. (N=811)

Because it is an LDP cabinet 16%
Good policies 14%
Good sense in international affairs 14%
Leadership 25%
Stability 18%
Can trust personality 28%
Clean 14%
Others 10%
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 apply. (N=663)

Because it is an LDP cabinet 16%
Bad policies 42%
Bad sense in international affairs 37%
Lack of leadership 25%
Instability 23%
Cannot trust personality 28%
Not clean 5%
Others 6%
Can’t say/don’t know 5%

 

Q2. Which political party do you currently support? Please choose one. (N=1704)

Liberal Democratic Party 33%
Democratic Party of Japan 13%
New Komeito 3%
Japanese Communist Party 2%
Social Democratic Party 2%
Others 0%
Don’t support any party 42%
Can’t say/don’t know 5%

 

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=802)

Liberal Democratic Party 15%
Democratic Party of Japan 15%
New Komeito 1%
Japanese Communist Party 4%
Social Democratic Party 2%
Others 1%
Don’t support any party 49%
Can’t say/don’t know 12%

[Support + preferable parties (N=1704)]

Liberal Democratic Party 40%
Democratic Party of Japan 20%
New Komeito 4%
Japanese Communist Party 4%
Social Democratic Party 3%
Others 1%
Don’t support any party 23%
Can’t say/don’t know 6%

 

Q3. What policy issues do you want the Koizumi cabinet to prioritize? Please choose as many as apply from the following 15 answers. (N=1704)

Economy 31%
Fiscal reform 19%
Tax reform 20%
Administrative reform/deregulation 8%
Diplomacy/national security issues 23%
Social security issues including pension and welfare 51%
Employment 23%
Education 21%
Reforms in political systems 13%
Postal privatization 14%
So called “Sanmi ittai” or triple reform of central and local governments taxing systems 13%
Local economy revitalization 15%
Constitutional issues 10%
Environmental issues 17%
Safety/crime control 20%
Others 1%
Can’t say/don’t know 15%

 

Q4. Discussions on postal privatization are moving forward in the Diet. What do you think about the Koizumi cabinet’s postal revitalization? Please choose one of the following two answers. (N=1704)

Should privatize 41%
Need not privatize 37%
Can’t say/don’t know 23%

 

Q5. 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=1704)

Support Prime Minister’s posture 22%
Should not persist on enactment within this Diet session, and should gain understanding from opposition parties as well for enactment 44%
Oppose to enactment of the Postal Privatization Bill 15%
Can’t say/don’t know 18%

 

Q6. Prime Minister Koizumi has shown his philosophy that he visits the Yasukuni Shrine every year. What do you think about that? Please select one from the following two answers. (N=1704)

Support 38%
Oppose 42%
Can’t say/don’t know 20%

 

Q6SQ1. For those who answered “support” in Q6, what are the reasons of your support for Prime Minister’s visits to the Yasukuni Shrine? Please choose one of the following three answers. (N=650)

Because it is important to console the sole of war dead who lost their lives for the country 56%
Because it is wrong to cease the visit for oppositions from neighboring countries 21%
Because individuals’ religious beliefs should be respected 21%
Can’t say/don’t know 1%

 

Q6SQ2. For those who answered “oppose” in Q6, what are the reasons of your opposition against Prime Minister’s visits to the Yasukuni Shrine? Please choose one of the following three answers. (N=718)

Because it leads to deteriorated relationships with neighboring countries 69%
Because it violates the principle of separation of religion and politics under the Constitution 12%
Because the Yasukuni Shrine is a symbol of militarism during the war 16%
Can’t say/don’t know 3%

 

Q7. Recently China and Korea are opposing to Japan’s gaining a permanent membership at the United Nations Security Council for history issues, and so forth. What do you think about China’s and Korea’s posture like this? Please choose one from the following three answers. (N=1704)

Natural for the two countries 10%
Regrettable though it is somewhat inevitable 42%
Feel strong objection to the two countries 29%
Can’t say/don’t know 19%

 

Q8. Prime Minister Koizumi’s tenure as the president of the Liberal Democratic Party will end in September 2006. What framework of administration do you think would be appropriate as a post Koizumi cabinet administration? Please choose one from the following five answers. (N=1704)

Continuation of LDP-Komeito coalition administration 21%
LDP single-party administration 9%
LDP-DPJ large coalition administration 24%
DPJ single-party administration 6%
Non-LDP coalition administration centered around DPJ 15%
Others 1%
Can’t say/don’t know 24%

 

Q9. Who do you think is an appropriate “next Prime Minister” as a successor of Prime Minister Koizumi? Please choose one of the following. (N=1704)

Taro Aso 2%
Shinzo Abe 34%
Masahiko Komura 2%
Sadakazu Tanigaki 1%
Takeo Hiranuma 1%
Yasuo Fukuda 5%
Katsuya Okada 6%
Ichiro Ozawa 7%
Naoto Kan 8%
Others 3%
Can’t say/don’t know 32%

Q10. As a measure to save energy, the government is expanding its “Cool Biz” campaign that recommends no-tie and no-jacket in summer. What do you think about it? Please choose one from the following three answers. (N=1704)

Should spread this campaign nationally, including private companies 38%
Should do it within government agencies and let private companies decide on their own 35%
Oppose to it since it could be rude to others 9%
Can’t say/don’t know 18%

 

F1. Gender (judged by interviewers, N=1704)

Male 45%
Female 55%
Unknown 0%

 

F2. Age (N=1704)

20s 8%
30s 19%
40s 17%
50s 22%
60s 18%
Over 70 15%
Refuse to answer 2%

 

F3. What is your occupation? Please choose one from the following. (N=1704)

Agriculture, forestry, fishery 4%
Employed (corporate employee, bureaucrat, teacher, etc.) 42%
Self-employed (business, engineer), freelance (including family business) 13%
House wife (without any outside job) 20%
Student 2%
Unemployed 15%
Refuse to answer 3%

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