Mainichi Shimbun June 2010 Public Opinion Poll (10-15)

Mainichi Shimbun June 2010 Public Opinion Poll

Dates Conducted
June 4 and 5, 2010

Date Released
June 6, 2010 (Morning edition of the Mainichi Shimbun)

Methodology
The poll was conducted by telephone on June 4 and 5, 2010.  Telephone numbers were selected at random using the RDS method.  The total number of those polled was 1,594, with 981 responses and a 62% 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 May 29 and 30, 2010.

Key Issues

  • Support for the Kan Cabinet
  • Resignation of Hatoyama and Ozawa
  • 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 hold expectations or not for Prime Minister Kan ?

Total Previous Poll Male Female
Hold expectations 63 69 59
Do not hold expectations 37 30 41

Q2.  Former Prime Minister Hatoyama has given as reasons for his resignation the withdrawal of the Social Democratic Party from the coalition government over the U.S. Futenma Air Station relocation issue and his own political fund scandal.  Do you approve or not approve of his resignation?

Total Previous Poll Male Female
Approve 58 62 56
Do not approve 40 38 42

Q3.  This summer there will be a House of Councillors election.  What are your thoughts on the timing of Mr. Hatoyama’s resignation?

Total Previous Poll Male Female
Appropriate time to resign 27 25 28
Too slow to resign 49 53 47
Was not necessary to resign 23 21 24

Q4.  Following the urging of former Prime Minister Hatoyama former DPJ Secretary-General Ozawa has resigned over illegal political donations.  Do you approve or not approve of Mr. Ozawa’s resignation?

Total Previous Poll Male Female
Approve 81 78 84
Do not approve 18 22 15

 

Q5.  What are your thoughts on the timing of Mr. Ozawa’s resignation?

Total Previous Poll Male Female
Appropriate time to resign 11 12 10
Too slow to resign 82 78 84
Was not necessary to resign 7 9 5

Q6. Now that there has been a change in prime minister, should the House of Representatives be dissolved and general elections held so the people can choose a new administration?

Total Previous Poll Male Female
Should dissolve 45 42 47
Should not dissolve 52 56 49

Q7.  Following the decision of the U.S. and Japanese government to relocate Futenma Air Station to Henoko in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture , the Social Democratic Party has withdrawn from the coalition government.  Do you approve or not approve of the Social Democratic Party’s withdrawal from the coalition government?

Total Previous Poll Male Female
Approve 60 56 63
Do not approve 37 42 34

Q8.  Which political party do you support?

Total Previous Poll Male Female
Democratic Party ofJapan 28 (17) 35 23
Liberal Democratic Party 14 (17) 14 13
New Komeito 4 (4) 1 6
JapanCommunist Party 2 (2) 2 3
Social Democratic Party 2 (2) 3 2
The People’s New Party 0 (0) 1 -
Your Party 8 (9) 9 7
New Renaissance Party 1 (1) 1 1
SunriseParty ofJapan - (1) - -
The New Party ofJapan 0 (0) 1 0
Other political party 1 (1) 1 1
Do not favor any political party 39 (44) 32 43

Q9. 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 34 (22) 39 31
Liberal Democratic Party 17 (21) 17 16
New Komeito 4 (4) 1 6
JapanCommunist Party 3 (4) 3 4
Social Democratic Party 3 (3) 4 3
The People’s New Party 0 (1) 1 -
Your Party 10 (14) 11 10
New Renaissance Party 1 (1) 1 1
SunriseParty ofJapan 1 (2) 1 1
The New Party ofJapan 0 (0) 0 -
Other political party 18 (18) 17 19

Q10. The DPJ holds more than half of the seats in the House of Representatives, however depending on the results of the House of Councillors election there is a possibility that the framework of the coalition government will change.  What is your desirable form of administration?

Total Previous Poll Male Female
DPJ-only administration 33 (32) 40 29
Administration with Social Democratic Party and The People’s New Party 13 (7) 13 13
Grand coalition with the LDP 11 (14) 10 11
Administration with New Komeito 3 (2) 4 3
Administration with Your Party 12 (10) 12 12
Other 23 (29) 19 27

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