Asahi Shimbun August 2010 Regular Public Opinion Poll (10-26)

Asahi Shimbun August 2010 Regular Public Opinion Poll

Dates Conducted
August 7 and 8, 2010

Date Released
August 10, 2010 (Morning edition of the Asahi Shimbun).

Methodology
The poll was conducted by telephone on August 7 and 8 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 3,412, with 1,960 responses and a 57% response rate.  Decimals were rounded up.  The numbers in [ ] are the percentages of those polled as compared to the entire population of those who answered.  The numbers in ( ) are the results from a poll conducted on July 12 and 13, 2010.

Key Issues

  • House of Councillors election
  • DPJ centered administration
  • House of Councillors election

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 Kan cabinet?

Support 37% (37)
Do not support 43% (46)

 

SQ1.  Why? (Please choose one from the following.  On the left are the 37% that answered “Support,” and on the right are the 43% that answered “Do not support.”)

The prime minister isMr.Kan 17% [6] 2% [1]
The administration is centered around the Democratic Party of Japan 41% [15] 16% [7]
Policies 20% [8] 30% [13]
Ability to get things done 9% [3] 49% [21]

 

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

Democratic Party ofJapan 31% (27)
Liberal Democratic Party 19% (21)
New Komeito 2% (3)
JapanCommunist Party 2% (2)
Social Democratic Party 1%(1)
Your Party 7% (9)
The People’s New Party 0%(0)
SunriseParty ofJapan 0% (0)
The New Party ofJapan 0%(0)
New Renaissance Party 0% (0)
The Happiness Realization Party 0% (0)
Other party 0%(1)
Do not support any party 31% (30)
No answer/Do not know 7%(6)

 

Q3.  The DPJ presidential election will be held in September of this year.  Do you think Mr. Kan should be re-elected and continue as prime minister or should someone else be the DPJ representative and have a change in prime minister?

Should continue as prime minister 56%
Should have a change in prime minister 27%

 

Q4.  Do you think Prime Minister Kan should keep a distance from Mr. Ozawa or should he cooperate with him?

Keep a distance 69%
Cooperate 16%

 

Q5.  Do you think it is desirable or not desirable for Mr. Ozawa to increase his influence within the DPJ?

Desirable 10%
Not desirable 78%

 

Q6.  On another note, are you for or against the increase in consumption tax?

For 41% (35)
Against 47% (54)

 

Q7.  As a result of the House of Representatives election, the administration has changed to one that is centered around the DPJ.  Do you think this change in administration was good or not?  [The numbers in ( ) are the results from a poll conducted on March 13 and 14, 2010]

Good 68% (67)
Not good 20% (17)

 

Q8.  It has been almost a year since the change in administration.  To what extent do you evaluate the performance of the administration centered around the DPJ during this year? (Please choose one.)

Positively evaluate 2%
Somewhat positively evaluate 42%
Somewhat not positively evaluate 45%
Not positively evaluate 10%

 

Q9.  Do you approve or not approve of the way the administration centered around the DPJ has handled policies of diplomacy and national security?

Approve 15%
Do not approve 67%

 

Q10.  Then, do you approve or not approve of their handling of decreasing administrative waste?

Approve 69%
Do not approve 23%

 

Q11.  Then, do you approve or not approve of their handling of reforming the dependence on bureaucrats in politics?

Approve 62%
Do not approve 26%

Q12.  Do you approve or not approve of how the DPJ has tackled the politics and money problem?

Approve 21%
Do not approve 67%

 

Q13.    Do you hope an administration centered around the DPJ will continue or not?

Hope administration centered around DPJ will continue 38% (34)
Hope administration will not continue to be centered around DPJ 47% (45)

 

Q14.  Do you think the decrease in DPJ’s parliamentary seats in the House of Councillors election was mainly a result of criticism towards the substance of the DPJ’s policies?

Was a result of criticism towards the substance of the DPJ’s policies 61%
Was not a result criticism towards the substance of the DPJ’s policies 30%

 

Q15.  Do you think the decrease in DPJ’s parliamentary seats was mainly a result of Prime Minister Kan ’s statement referring to an increase in the consumption tax?

Was the result ofPrime MinisterKan’s statement referring to an increase in the consumption tax 47%
Was not the result of the Prime Minister Kan’s statement referring to an increase in the consumption tax 48%

 

Q16.  Do you think the decrease in DPJ’s parliamentary seats was mainly a result of the fact that the DPJ could not execute their promises?

Was the result of the fact that the DPJ could not execute their promises 69%
Was not the result of the fact that the DPJ could not execute their promises 24%

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