Asahi Shimbun August/September 2009 Emergency Public Opinion Poll
Following the House of Representatives general election on August 31 and September 1, 2009
September 2, 2009 (Morning Edition of the Asahi Shimbun)
The poll was conducted by telephone beginning the afternoon of August 31 and ending late at night on September 1 with voters from across Japan , whose telephone numbers were selected by a computer at random. Subjects were selected using a three-stage random sampling method (the Asahi RDD). The total number of those polled was 1,855, with 1,104 responses and a 60% response rate. Decimals were rounded up. The numbers in ( ) are the results from a poll conducted on August 15 and 16, 2009.
- House of Representatives general election results
Q1. Which political party do you currently support?
|Democratic Party of Japan||39% (32)|
|Liberal Democratic Party||22% (20)|
|New Komeito||6% (2)|
|Japan Communist Party||3% (4)|
|Social Democratic Party||1% (1)|
|Your Party||1% (0)|
|The People’s New Party||0% (0)|
|The New Party of Japan||0% (0)|
|Reform Club||0% (0)|
|Other party||0% (0)|
|Do not support any party||22% (34)|
|No Answer/Do not know||5% (6)|
Q2. Which party did you vote for in your proportional-representation district?
|Democratic Party of Japan||39%|
|Liberal Democratic Party||22%|
|Japan Communist Party||6%|
|Social Democratic Party||3%|
|The People’s New Party||2%|
|The New Party of Japan||1%|
|New Party Daichi||1%|
Q3. As a result of the House of Representatives general election the administration will now be centered around the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ). Do you think this change in administration is a good or bad thing?
Q4. The DPJ now holds over 300 seats. Do you think the DPJ’s big victory was a good or bad thing?
Q5. Do you have expectations or not for the incoming administration centered around the DPJ?
Q6. Do you think an administration centered around the DPJ will greatly change or not change Japanese politics?
Q7.Yukio Hatoyama of the DPJ is likely to be the next prime minister. Do you have expectations or not of Mr. Hatoyama?
Q8. Do you think the DPJ’s big victory was a result of voters hoping for a change in administration from the LDP to the DPJ?
|Hope for a change in administration was a big reason||81%|
|Was not a big reason||12%|
Q9. Do you think the DPJ’s big victory was a result of voters indicating support for the DPJ’s policies?
|Support for DPJ’s policies was a big reason||38%|
|Was not a big reason||52%|
Q10. The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) has promised to provide families with young children a monthly allowance of 26,000 yen. This would be financed in part by abolishing the spousal tax deduction. Are you for or against this policy?
Q11. The DPJ has promised to abolish public highway tolls and repay past debt from the highway through taxes. Are you for or against this policy?
Q12. The LDP lost a large number of seats to the DPJ. Would you like to see the LDP recover and become a political party that can stand up against the DPJ?
|Would like the LDP to recover||76%|
|Do not want the LDP to recover||17%|