Mainichi Shimbun April 2010 Public Opinion Poll (10-09)

Mainichi Shimbun April 2010 Public Opinion Poll

Dates Conducted
April 17 and 18 , 2010

Date Released
April 19, 2010 (Morning edition of the Mainichi Shimbun)

Methodology
The poll was conducted by telephone on April 17 and 18, 2010.  Telephone numbers were selected at random using the RDS method.  The total number of those polled was 1,535, with 1,044 responses and a 68% response rate.

All numbers are percentages.  Decimals were rounded up. 0 reflects figures below 0.5%.  No answers were omitted.  The numbers in ( ) are the results from a poll conducted on March 13 and 14, 2010.

Key Issues

  • Support for the Hatoyama Cabinet
  • Relocation of Futenma Air Station
  • Japan Post Bank
  • House of Councillors election

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

 

Survey

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

Total Previous Poll Male Female
Support 33 (43) 34 32
Do not support 52 (45) 53 51
No interest 15 (11) 12 17

 

SQ1.  [For those who answered “Support”] What is the reason for your support?

Total Previous Poll Male Female
The prime minister is a member of the Democratic Party of Japan 14 (7) 18 10
Hold expectations for their leadership 1 (1) 1 2
Hold expectations for their policies 18 (17) 20 17
The way politics is conducted appears to be changing 66 (73) 61 70

 

SQ2.  [For those who answered “Do not support”] What is the reason for your lack of support?

Total Previous Poll Male Female
The prime minister is a member of the Democratic Party of Japan 2 (3) 2 2
Cannot hold expectations for their leadership 40 (36) 42 39
Cannot hold expectations for their policies 35 (33) 34 36
The way politics is conducted does not appear to be changing 22 (28) 21 23

 

Q2.  Which political party do you support?

Total Previous Poll Male Female
Democratic Party ofJapan 23 (28) 26 21
Liberal Democratic Party 14 (16) 15 14
New Komeito 3 (4) 2 4
JapanCommunist Party 3 (2) 3 2
Social Democratic Party 1 (2) 1 1
The People’s New Party 0 (1) 0 -
Your Party 8 (7) 9 7
SunriseParty ofJapan 1 1 2
Kaikaku Club (Reform Club) - (-) - -
The New Party ofJapan 0 (-) 0 0
Other political party 1 (0) 1 1
Do not favor any political party 45 (40) 41 48

 

Q3.  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?

Total Previous Poll Male Female
Should resign 53 54 52
Should not resign 45 45 46

 

Q4.  Kaoru Yosano seceded from the Liberal Democratic Party and with Independent Takeo Hiranuma launched a new party, the Sunrise Party of Japan.  Do you hold expectations or not for this party?

Total Previous Poll Male Female
Hold expectations 21 19 22
Do not hold expectations 78 80 77

 

Q5.  Within the Liberal Democratic Party, former health minister [Yoichi] Masuzoe has been criticizing LDP President [Sadakazu] Tanigaki and other party executives.  What do you think Mr. Masuzoe should do next?

Total Previous Poll Male Female
Resign from the LDP and form a new political party 20 18 22
Aim for the presidency of the LDP 44 45 43
Not holding expectations for Mr. Masuzoe 35 35 34

 

Q6.  The government has announced plans to double the deposit limit at Japan Post Bank from 10 million to 20 million yen in their postal system reform proposal.  There have been those that have said this proposal will be “more convenient to the depositor” while others have criticized the plan for making it difficult for “private financial institutions to secure deposits.”  Are you for or against the government’s postal system reform proposal?

Total Previous Poll Male Female
For 33 33 34
Against 64 64 64

 

Q7. Following the House of Councillors election, is an administration comprised solely of the DPJ desirable?

Total Previous Poll Male Female
Sole DPJ administration is desirable 23 (21) 26 20
Coalition administration with the Social Democratic Party and The People’s New Party is desirable 19 (25) 18 20
Coalition administration with another political party is desirable 53 (46) 51 54

 

Q8. If the House of Councillors election were being held today, which party in the proportional-representation district and/or which party’s candidate would you vote for?

Total Previous Poll Male Female
Democratic Party ofJapan 29 (31) 32 26
Liberal Democratic Party 21 (22) 20 23
New Komeito 4 (5) 3 5
JapanCommunist Party 5 (3) 5 4
Social Democratic Party 2 (3) 1 2
The People’s New Party 0 (1) 1 0
Your Party 12 (12) 13 11
SunriseParty ofJapan 3 3 2
Kaikaku Club (Reform Club) 0 (-) 0 -
The New Party ofJapan 0 (0) 0 1
Other political party 17 (12) 17 18

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