Asahi Shimbun April 2010 Regular Public Opinion Poll (10-12)

Asahi Shimbun April 2010 Regular Public Opinion Poll

Dates Conducted
April 17 and 18 , 2010

Dates Released
April 19 , 2010 (Morning edition of the Asahi Shimbun). Questions pertaining to the consitution were released on May 3, 2010 (Morning edition of the Asahi Shimbun).

Methodology
The poll was conducted by telephone on April 17 and 18 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 3,457, with 2,083 responses and a 60% response rate.  Decimals were rounded up.  The numbers in ( ) are the results from a poll conducted on March 13 and 14, 2010.

Key Issues

  • Support for the Hatoyama Cabinet
  • House of Councillors election
  • Relocation of U.S. Futenma Air Station
  • Revision/amendment ot constitution
  • Article 9

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

 

Published in the April 19, 2010 Morning Edition of the Asahi Shimbun

Q1.  Do you support or not support the Hatoyama cabinet?

Support 25% (32)
Do not support 61% (47)

 

SQ1.  Why? (Please choose one from the following.  On the left are the 25% that answered “Support,” and on the right are the 61% that answered “Do not support.”)

The prime minister is Mr. Hatoyama 8% [2] 3% [2]
The administration is centered around the Democratic Party of Japan 44% [11] 8% [5]
Policies 30% [7] 30% [18]
Ability to get things done 9% [2] 57% [35]

 

Q2.  Which political party do you currently support?  Please choose one from the following:

Democratic Party ofJapan 23% (27)
Liberal Democratic Party 14% (15)
New Komeito 2% (3)
JapanCommunist Party 2% (1)
Social Democratic Party 1% (1)
Your Party 3% (3)
The People’s New Party 0% (0)
SunriseParty ofJapan 0%
Reform Club 0% (0)
The New Party ofJapan 0% (0)
Other party 1% (0)
Do not support any party 47% (46)
No answer/Do not know 7% (4)

 

Q3.  This summer, a general election will be held for the House of Councillors.  If the general election were being held today, which party in the proportional-representation district and/or which party’s candidate would you vote for?  Please respond with the name of the party.

Democratic Party ofJapan 24% (30)
Liberal Democratic Party 20% (21)
New Komeito 4% (3)
JapanCommunist Party 3% (2)
Social Democratic Party 1% (1)
Your Party 7% (6)
The People’s New Party 0% (0)
SunriseParty ofJapan 1%
Reform Club 0% (0)
The New Party ofJapan 0% (0)
Other party 1% (0)
No answer/Do not know 39% (37)

 

Q4.  In the upcoming House of Councillors election, do you think it is better for the result to reflect the Democratic Party gaining a majority of parliamentary seats or not gaining a majority?

Better for the DPJ to gain a majority of seats 23%
Better for the DPJ to not gain a majority of seats 65%

 

Q5.  To date, how would you evaluate Prime Minister Hatoyama’s performance?

Exceeds expectations 0%
As expected 13%
Below expectations 53%
Did not have expectations 31%

 

Q6.  To what extent are you confident in Mr. Hatoyama’s political abilities as prime minister?

Very confident 2%
Somewhat confident 23%
Not very confident 48%
Not at all confident 26%

Q7.  We will ask you about the U.S. Futenma Air Station relocation issue.  Prime Minister Hatoyama has stated that a decision on the relocation of the U.S. Futenma Air Station will be made by the end of May.  If a decision is not made by the end of May do you think Prime Minister Hatoyama should resign or not resign?

Should resign 51%
Should not resign 40%

 

Q8.  Do you think Mr. Ozawa should take responsibility for the political fund scandal and resign as Secretary-General of the DPJ or not resign?

Should resign 76% (74)
Should not resign 19% (18)

 

Q9.  Do you think a large party that can oppose the DPJ and LDP should be formed or not?

Should be formed 52%
Should not be formed 37%

 

Published in the May 3, 2010 ( Constitution Day) Morning Edition of the Asahi Shimbun

Q1.  Do you think it is necessary or not necessary to amend the current constitution?

Necessary 47% (53)
Not necessary 39% (33)

 

SQ1.  [For those 47% of people who answered “Necessary”] What is your reason for this?  Please choose one from the following three choices:

A new constitution should be written up by ourselves [Japanese people] 10% (5)
There is a problem with Article 9 15% (7)
Should include a new system of rights 72% (34)

 

SQ2.  [For those 39% of people who answered “Not necessary”] What is your reason for this?  Please choose one answer from the following three choices:

There are no problems as it is 43% (17)
The revisions of the constitution may trigger a change on pacifism 33% (13)
Guarantees freedom and rights 21% (8)

 

Q2.  Article 9 states a “renunciation of war and the right to a military.”  Do you think Article 9 should or should not be amended?

Should be amended 24% (26)
Should not be amended 67% (64)

 

Q3.  To what extent do you think Article 9 is useful in the future of Japan ’s peace and stability of East Asia ?

Very useful 16%
Somewhat useful 54%
Not very useful 19%
Not useful 3%

 

Q4.  When viewed as a whole, to what extent in society and livelihood has the constitution been utilized?

Very utilized 6%
Somewhat utilized 60%
Not very utilized 27%
Not utilized 3%

 

Published in the May 24, 2010 Morning Edition of the Asahi Shimbun

Q1. Do you hold any interest or not in Prime Minister Hatoyama’s wife Miyuki’s speeches or actions?

Hold interest 25%
Hold no interest 72%

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