November 2005 Nikkei Emergency Telephone Opinion Poll on “Cabinet Reshuffle”

November 2005 Nikkei Emergency Telephone Opinion Poll on “Cabinet Reshuffle”

Dates Conducted

October 31 and November 1, 2005

Date Released

November 2, 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 839 males and females over the age of 20 throughout Japan.

Key Issues

  •  Support for Prime Minister Koizumi
  • Post-Koizumi leadership
  • Prime Minister Koizumi’s visit 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=839)

Support 56%
Don’t support 30%
Can’t say/don’t know 14%

Q2. What political party do you currently support? Please choose only one. (N=839)

Liberal Democratic Party 43%
Democratic Party of Japan 18%
New Komeito 2%
Japanese Communist Party 2%
Social Democratic Party 2%
The People’s New Party 0%
New Party Nippon 0%
Others 1%
Don’t support any party 23%
Can’t say/don’t know 8%

 

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? Please choose only one. (N=262)

Liberal Democratic Party 16%
Democratic Party of Japan 15%
New Komeito 1%
Japanese Communist Party 3%
Social Democratic Party 1%
The People’s New Party 0%
New Party Nippon 1%
Others 0%
Don’t support any party 41%
Can’t say/don’t know 22%

[Support + preferable parties (N=839)]

Liberal Democratic Party 48%
Democratic Party of Japan 23%
New Komeito 3%
Japanese Communist Party 3%
Social Democratic Party 2%
The People’s New Party 0%
New Party Nippon 0%
Others 1%
Don’t support any party 13%
Can’t say/don’t know 7%

 

Q3. Prime Minister Koizumi reshuffled his cabinet on October 31. What do you think about the new cabinet? Please choose only one of the following two answers. (N=839)

Approve 49%
Don’t approve 24%
Can’t say/don’t know 27%

Q4. Prime Minister Koizumi’s tenure as LDP president will end in next September. Who do you think is appropriate as the next prime minister? Please choose only one of the following. (N=839)

Taro Aso 5%
Shinzo Abe 41%
Sadakazu Tanigaki 3%
Yasuo Fukuda 8%
Ichiro Ozawa 6%
Naoto Kan 6%
Seiji Maehara 4%
Others 2%
Can’t say/don’t know 25%

Q5. Discussions on fiscal revitalization are becoming vigorous among the ruling parties. What do you think about raising the consumption tax rate? Please choose one from the following four answers. (N=839)

Acceptable under the current fiscal conditions 19%
Acceptable if the raised portion is spent for limited projects such as the government pension plans, etc. 29%
Should maintain the current rate 27%
Should abolish the consumption tax 11%
Others 1%
Don’t know/can’t say 13%

Q6. A council of advisers to the prime minister decided to support the idea of female emperors. What do you think about this? Please choose one from the following two answers. (N=839)

Support 77%
Oppose 6%
Don’t know/can’t say 16%

 

Q7. The council is considering the order of succession to the imperial throne in case the idea of female emperors is officially approved. Which of the following do you think is most appropriate? Please choose only one. (N=839)

Prioritize a first child regardless of gender 44%
Prioritize male children 42%
Don’t know/can’t say 14%

Q8. Prime Minister Koizumi continues his annual visit to the Yasukuni Shrine. What do you think about it? Please choose one from the following two answers. (N=839)

Support 47%
Oppose 37%
Don’t know/can’t say 16%

Q9. There is an opinion among the ruling parties that the government should build a secular national memorial for the war dead, separate from the Yasukuni Shrine. What do you think about that? Please choose one of the following two answers. (N=839)

Support 49%
Oppose 31%
Don’t know/can’t say 20%

Q10. Which baseball team in Japan do you support? Please choose only one. (N=839)

Hanshin Tigers 17%
Chunichi Dragons 5%
Yokohama BayStars 1%
Yakult Swallows 3%
Yomiuri Giants 23%
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 1%
Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 4%
Chiba Lotte Marines 3%
Seibu Lions 2%
Orix Buffaloes 0%
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 2%
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 1%
None 18%
Can’t say/don’t know 19%

 

Q11. The investment fund headed by Mr. Yoshiaki Murakami has gained a large volume of Hanshin Electric Railway’s stocks, and proposed to list the stocks of its subsidiary, Hanshin Tigers. What do you think about the listing of Hanshin’s baseball team? Please choose only one of the following three answers. (N=839)

Support 9%
Oppose 30%
No opinion 48%
Can’t say/don’t know 13%

 

F1. Gender (judged by interviewers, N=839)

Male 43%
Female 57%
Unknown 0%

 

F2. Age (N=839)

20s 8%
30s 16%
40s 16%
50s 21%
60s 20%
Over 70 16%
Refuse to answer 3%

 

F3. What is your occupation? Please choose one from the following. (N=839)

Agriculture, forestry, fishery 4%
Employed (corporate employee, bureaucrat, teacher, etc.) 40%
Self-employed (business, engineer), freelance (including family business) 12%
House wife (without any outside job) 23%
Student 1%
Unemployed 17%
Refuse to answer 3%

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