Asahi Shimbun August/September 2009 Emergency Public Opinion Poll (09-22)

Asahi Shimbun August/September 2009 Emergency Public Opinion Poll

Dates Conducted
Following the House of Representatives general election on August 31 and September 1, 2009

Date Released
September 2, 2009 (Morning Edition of the Asahi Shimbun)

Methodology
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.

Key Issue

  • House of Representatives general election results

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

 

Survey

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%
New Komeito 10%
Japan Communist Party 6%
Social Democratic Party 3%
Your Party 3%
The People’s New Party 2%
The New Party of Japan 1%
New Party Daichi 1%
Reform Club 0%
Other party 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?

Good 69%
Bad 10%

 

Q4. The DPJ now holds over 300 seats.  Do you think the DPJ’s big victory was a good or bad thing?

Good 54%
Bad 25%

 

Q5.  Do you have expectations or not for the incoming administration centered around the DPJ?

Have expectations 74%
No expectations 17%

 

Q6. Do you think an administration centered around the DPJ will greatly change or not change Japanese politics?

Greatly change 32%
Not change 46%

 

Q7.Yukio Hatoyama of the DPJ is likely to be the next prime minister.  Do you have expectations or not of Mr. Hatoyama?

Have expectations 63%
No expectations 29%

 

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?

For 31%
Against 49%

 

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?

For 20%
Against 65%

 

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%

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