Nikkei Shimbun May 2007 Telephone Interview Polls (07-21)

Nikkei Shimbun May 2007 Telephone Interview Poll

Dates Conducted
May 25 – 27, 2007

Date Released
May 28, 2007

Methodology
Nationwide poll. See below for age and gender breakdown.

Key Issues

  • Support for the Abe Cabinet
  • Hometown tax payment
  • Collective self-defense action with other countries
  • House of Councilors election in summer 2007

Disclaimer

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

 

Survey

Note:  All numbers are percentages.

Q1. Do you support or not support the Abe cabinet? (N=917)

Support 41
Do not support 44
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 from the following answers. (N=374)

Because it is an LDP cabinet 32
Good policies 12
Good sense of international affairs 15
Leadership 7
Stability 16
Can trust members’ personalities 41
Politically clean 17
Other 3
Can’t say/ don’t know 4

 

Q1SQ2. For those who answered “do not support” in Q1, what is the reason for your lack of support? Please choose as many as apply from the following answers. (N=405)

Because it is an LDP cabinet 23
Bad policies 39
Bad sense of international affairs 15
Lack of leadership 48
Instability 31
Cannot trust members’ personalities 17
Politically not clean 9
Other 5
Can’t say/ don’t know 2

 

Q2. Which political party do you currently support? Please choose only one of the following. (N=917)

Liberal Democratic Party 34
Democratic Party ofJapan 14
Komeito 3
JapanCommunist Party 2
Social Democratic Party 1
The People’s New Party 0
The New Party ofJapan 0
Other 0
Do not support any party 41
Can’t say/ don’t know 5

 

Q2SQ. For those who answered “Do not support any party” or “Can not say/do not know” in Q2, if you had to select one, which party would you prefer the most? Please choose only one of the following. (N=423)

Liberal Democratic Party 15
Democratic Party ofJapan 20
Komeito 1
JapanCommunist Party 4
Social Democratic Party 3
The People’s New Party 1
The New Party ofJapan 0
Other 0
Do not support any party 42
Can’t say/ don’t know 14

[Support + Preferable Parties (N=917)]

Liberal Democratic Party 41
Democratic Party ofJapan 23
Komeito 3
JapanCommunist Party 4
Social Democratic Party 3
The People’s New Party 0
The New Party ofJapan 0
Other 0
Do not support any party 20
Can’t say/ don’t know 6

 

Q3. Do you support or not support the performance of the Abe Cabinet?  (N=917)

Support 33
Do not support 49
Neither support nor not support 7
Can’t say/don’t know 11

 

Q4. A “Hometown tax payment” initiative that allows citizens to pay a portion of their taxes, such as an inhabitant tax, to their hometown local governments has been proposed within the government and the ruling party. What is your opinion on this? (N=917)

Support 50
Oppose 26
Can’t say/ don’t know 25

 

Q5. When a country that has close relationship with Japan is attacked, Japan could consider it as a threat to Japan’s security and take joint action against such threats with the other country. The right to take such action is called the right of collective self defense. The government’s interpretation is that “the current constitution does not allow exercise of the right of collective self defense. What is your opinion on this?  (N=917)

It is all right as it is. 39
Japanshould be allowed to exercise the right by changing the interpretation without an amendment of the constitution. 25
Japanshould be allowed to exercise the right by amending the constitution. 22
Other 1
Can’t say/ don’t know 13

 

Q6. On which policy issues do you place the most importance when you vote for the House of Councilors in the election this summer?  (N=917)

Social security policy including pension and welfare policy 56
Increase of consumer tax rate 13
Issues of gap 26
Constitutional amendment 15
Education reform 29
Foreign policy and national security 18
Issues relating “politics and money” 30
Agricultural policy 14
Administrative reform 22
Other 1
Can’t say/ don’t know 11

 

Q7. Which party do you want to vote for or has a candidate you want to vote for in the House of Councilors election this summer? (N=917)

Liberal Democratic Party 33
Democratic Party ofJapan 22
Komeito 4
JapanCommunist Party 3
Social Democratic Party 1
The People’s New Party 0
The New Party ofJapan 0
Other political party or candidate 3
Independent candidate 9
Have not made up mind 11
Not going to vote 1
Cast a blank ballot 0
Can’t say/ don’ t know 13

 

Q8. Do you think there should be a change in the administration from the ruling party to an opposition party, or not? (N=917)

There should be a change 57
There should not be a change 28
(No answer/do not know) 15

 

Q9. What kind of administration is desirable after the House of Councilors election? (N=917)

Liberal Democratic Party’s single-party administration 10
Coalition administration centered on the LDP andKomeito 19
Non-LDP coalition administration centered on the Democratic Party of Japan 24
Coalition administration in which part of the LDP and DPJ participates 30
Other 2
Can’t say/ don’t know 16

 

Q10. To what extent are you interested in politics? (N=917)

Very interested 17
Interested to some extent 57
Not so interested 14
Not interested at all 2
Can’t say/ don’ t know 10

Interested: 74 in total      Not interested: 16 in total

 

F1. Gender (Determined by the polltaker) (N=917)

Male 47
Female 53
Unknown 0

 

F2. How old are you? (N=917)

In my 20s 6
In my 30s 18
In my 40s 17
In my 50s 22
In my 60s 19
70 years old or older 16
Refused to answer 2

Average age: 53.0

 

F3. What is your occupation? Please choose one from the following list. (N=917)

Agriculture, forestry and fisheries 3
Employee (company or government employee, teacher, etc.) 43
Self-owned business, self-employed (including a homemaker) 13
Full-time housewife(without job only) 21
Student 1
Unemployed 16
Refused to answer 2

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