Nikkei Shimbun May 2008 Telephone Opinion Poll (08-23)

Nikkei Shimbun May 2008 Telephone Opinion Poll

Dates Conducted
May 23 – 25, 2008

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

Key Issues

  • Support for the Fukuda Cabinet
  • Medical system for late-stage seniors
  • Dissolution of the House of Representatives

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

Survey

*All numbers are percentages
*Number in parentheses are the number of respondents

Q1.  Do you support or not support the Fukuda Cabinet? (N=966)

Support 24
Do not support 64
No answer/Do not know 12

 

SQ1.  For those who answered “support,” what are the reasons for your support?  Please choose as many as apply from the following seven answers. (N=230)

Because it is an LDP cabinet 36
Good policies 9
Good sense of international affairs 11
Leadership 6
Stability 11
Trustworthy character of members 38
Politically clean 14
Others 6
No answer/Do not know 3

 

SQ2.  For those who answered “do not support,” what are the reasons for not supporting?  Please choose as many as apply from the following seven answers. (N=615)

Because it is an LDP cabinet 20
Bad policies 52
Bad sense of international affairs 13
Lack of leadership 56
Instability 32
Members not trustworthy 15
Politically not clean 5
Others 2
No answer/Do not know 1

 

Q2.  Which political party do you currently support?  Please choose only one. (N=966)

Liberal Democratic Party 26
Democratic Party of Japan 25
Komeito 3
Japan Communist Party 3
Social Democratic Party 1
The People’s New Party 0
The New Party of Japan 0
Other political party 1
Do not favor any political party 33
No answer/Do not know 7

 

SQ1.  For those who answered “do not support any party” or “no answer/do not know,” if you are to name one, which political party do you favor? (N=385)

Liberal Democratic Party 11
Democratic Party of Japan 27
Komeito 3
Japan Communist Party 2
Social Democratic Party 2
The People’s New Party 0
The New Party of Japan 0
Other political party 1
Do not favor any political party 41
No answer/Do not know 13

[Support + Preferable Parties (N=966)]

Liberal Democratic Party 31
Democratic Party of Japan 36
Komeito 5
Japan Communist Party 4
Social Democratic Party 2
The People’s New Party 0
The New Party of Japan 0
Other political party 1
Do not support or favor any political party 16
No answer/Do not know 5

 

Q3.  The government has received criticism for the implementation of the medical system for late-stage seniors (for those 75 years or older) and is currently taking a second look into the system.  What are your opinions on this subject?  Please choose one from the following four choices. (N=966)

Abolish the system 25
Examine the system thoroughly 11
Stop automatically deducting health insurance premiums from pension benefits 20
Take measures to reduce health insurance premiums for lower-income people 35
Others 3
No answer/Do not know 7

 

Q4.  As the aging population (increase in elderly, decreasing birthrate) continues to grow, social security expenses such as pensions, health care, etc. are getting higher.  What are your thoughts on social security and the costs of social security as a tax burden?  Please choose one from the following. (N=966)

Although the burden may increase, current social security should be maintained/expanded 23
Adjust social security burden to current conditions 49
Reduce burden even if it means a decrease in social security 15
Others 4
No answer/Do not know 9

 

Q5.  The revenue source for the national pension that all citizens contribute to is taxes and health insurance premiums.  What are your thoughts on this? (N=966)

Everything should be provided through taxes and health insurance premiums 63
Everything should be provided through taxes 24
Others 3
No answer/Do not know 10

 

Q6.  What should Prime Minister Fukuda do in order to overcome a “divided Diet”?  Please choose one from the following five options. (N=966)

Dissolve the House of Representatives and hold general elections 37
Discuss policy with opposition parties 25
Form a “grand coalition” with the Democratic Party of Japan 8
Reorganize the political system 15
Not necessary to take special measures 6
No answer/Do not know 9

 

Q7.  Should the opposition party submit a censure motion against Prime Minister Fukuda while the House of Councillors is in session? (N=966)

They should submit the motion 45
They should not submit the motion 33
No answer/Do not know 22

 

Q8.  When do you think the dissolution of the House of Representatives and the next general election should be held? (N=966)

Dissolve the House of Representatives as soon as possible 18
After the G8 Summit in July 24
Within the year 23
There is no need to speed up the dissolution of the House of Representatives 25
Others 0
No answer/Do not know 9

 

Q9.  What kind of administration is desirable for you in the future?  Please pick one from the four choices below: (N=966)

LDP administration 6
LDP, Komeito coalition 11
DPJ, non-LDP coalition 24
LDP, DPJ coalition 40
Others 4
No answer/Do not know 14

 

Q10.  Who do you believe is most qualified to be prime minister?  Please choose one from the following. (N=966)

Yasuo Fukuda 4
Taro Aso 21
Koike Yuriko 3
Junichiro Koizumi 13
Sadakazu Tanigaki 3
Kaoru Yosano 2
Ichiro Ozawa 10
Katsuya Okada 3
Naoto Kan 6
Yukio Hatoyama 3
Seiji Maehara 3
Others 6
No answer/Do not know 22

 

Polling Information

F1.  Gender (Determined by the polltaker) (N=966)

Male 43
Female 56
Unknown 0

 

F2.  How old are you? (N=966)

In my 20s 7
In my 30s 17
In my 40s 17
In my 50s 19
In my 60s 20
70 years old or older 16
Refused to answer 4

Average Age    53.0

 

F3.  What is your occupation? (N=966)

Agriculture, forestry and fisheries 4
Employee (company or governmental employee, teacher, etc.) 42
Self-owned business, self-employed (including a homemaker) 10
Full-time housewife (without job only) 22
Student 2
Unemployed 16
Refused to answer 4

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