Asahi Shimbun July 2009 Emergency Public Opinion Poll #2 (09-18)

Asahi Shimbun July 2009 Emergency Public Opinion Poll #2

Dates Conducted
July 18 and 19, 2009

Date Released
July 20, 2009 (Morning Edition of the Asahi Shimbun).

The last two questions pertaining to the Law on Organ Transplantation were released on July 23 (Morning Edition of the Asahi Shimbun).

Methodology
The poll was conducted by telephone on July 18 and 19 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 1,824, with 1,064 responses and a 58% response rate.  Decimals were rounded up.  The numbers in ( ) are the results from a poll conducted on July 4 and 5, 2009.

Key Issues

  • Support for the Aso Cabinet
  • House of Representatives general election
  • Amendment to the Law on Organ Transplantation

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

 

Survey

Q1. Do you support or not support the Aso Cabinet?

Support 17% (20)
Do not support 69% (68)

Q2. Which political party do you currently support?

Liberal Democratic Party 20% (24)
Democratic Party of Japan 31% (25)
New Komeito 3% (3)
Japan Communist Party 2% (2)
Social Democratic Party 1% (1)
The People’s New Party 0% (0)
Reform Club 0% (0)
The New Party of Japan 0% (0)
Other party 0% (0)
Do not support any party 35% (39)
No Answer/Do not know 8% (6)

 

Q3.  A general election will be held for the House of Representatives soon.  To what extent are you interested in this election?  Please select one from the following four choices:

Very interested 43% (38)
Somewhat interested 38% (36)
Not very interested 13% (20)
Not at all interested 5% (6)

 

Q4. If the general election were being held today, which party would you vote for in your proportional-representation district?

Liberal Democratic Party 19% (22)
Democratic Party of Japan 42% (37)
New Komeito 4% (4)
Japan Communist Party 4% (4)
Social Democratic Party 1% (1)
The People’s New Party 0% (0)
Reform Club 0% (0)
The New Party of Japan 0% (0)
Other party 1% (1)
No Answer/Do not know 28% (31)

Q5.  Next, which party’s candidate would you vote for in your small electoral district?  Please answer with the party’s name.

Liberal Democratic Party 20% (22)
Democratic Party of Japan 37% (32)
New Komeito 3% (2)
Japan Communist Party 2% (2)
Social Democratic Party 1% (1)
The People’s New Party 0% (0)
Reform Club 0% (0)
The New Party of Japan 0% (0)
Other party 0% (0)
Independent candidate 0% (2)
No Answer/Do not know 37% (39)

Q6. Do you think it would be best for the administration to continue to be centered on the LDP?  Or do you think that there should be a change to an administration centered on the Democratic Party of Japan?

Administration centered on the LDP 22% (24)
Administration centered on the DPJ 49% (47)

Q7. Between Prime Minister [Taro] Aso and DPJ President [Yukio] Hatoyama, who do you think is more suited to be prime minister?

Mr. Aso 21% (22)
Mr. Hatoyama 42% (42)

Q8.  In response to Prime Minister [Taro] Aso dissolving the House of Representatives, critics within the LDP have called for LDP presidential elections to take place prior to the national election.  As a result, has your impression of the LDP improved, worsened or not changed?

Impression has improved 3%
Impression has worsened 50%
Impression has not changed 43%

 

Q9.  When choosing the party or candidate to vote for in the next general elections, how important will DPJ President Hatoyama’s false fund donation statements affect your decision?

Regard highly 26%
Will not regard highly 62%

Law on Organ Transplantation

Q10.  Until now, the law has stipulated that brain death is a valid criterion for pronouncing death only for those who have agreed to be donors.  However, the law was recently revised to recognize brain death as actual death.  Are you in favor or opposed to such a revision?

In favor 40%
Oppose 39%

Q11.  Until now, the law stipulated that those who did not provide written consent and those under 15 years old could not be donors.  The new law allows a deceased person’s family to approve of organ donations.  Are you in favor or opposed to this revision?

In favor 71%
Oppose 17%

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