Nikkei Shimbun April 2010 Telephone Opinion Poll (10-11)

Nikkei Shimbun April 2010 Telephone Opinion Poll

Dates Conducted
April 23 – 25 , 2010

Methodology
Nationwide poll. See below for age and gender breakdown

Key Issues

  • Support for the Hatoyama cabinet
  • Relocation of Futenma Air Station
  • House of Councillors election
  • Amendment to the constitution

Link to Original Source
http://www.nikkei-r.co.jp/phone/results/popup/y201004a.html

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

 

Survey

*All numbers are percentages

*Numbers in parentheses are the total number of respondents

Q1.  Do you support or not support the Hatoyama cabinet? (N=914)

Support 20
Do not support 63
Cannot say/Do not know 17

 

SQ1.  [For those who answered “Cannot say”/”Do not know”] Which of the following is closest to your feelings? (N=158)

Support 24
Do not support 31
Cannot say/Do not know 45

[Total (combined) approval rating (N=914)]

Support 24
Do not support 68
Cannot say/Do not know 8

 

SQ2.  [For those who answered “Support”] What are the reasons you support the cabinet?  Please choose all that apply from the following eight answers: (N=218)

Because it is a DPJ cabinet 37
Because it has good policies 20
Because it is internationally minded 5
Because it has good leadership 5
Because it is stable 4
Because of the trustworthy character of its members 26
Because it is politically clean 12
Because its management of government and party is good 9
Other 14
Cannot say/Do not know 8

 

SQ3.  [For those who answered “Do not support”] What are the reasons you do not support the cabinet?  Please choose all that apply from the following eight answers: (N=625)

Because it is a DPJ cabinet 11
Because its policies are bad 31
Because it is not internationally minded 22
Because of its lack of leadership 64
Because it is not stable 40
Because its members are not trustworthy 19
Because it is not clean politically 10
Because its management of government and party is bad 41
Other 3
Cannot say/Do not know 4

 

Q2.  Which political party do you currently support?  Please choose only one. (N=914)

Democratic Party ofJapan 22
Liberal Democratic Party 12
New Komeito 3
JapanCommunist Party 2
Social Democratic Party 1
The People’s New Party 0
Your Party 5
SunriseParty ofJapan 0
The New Party for Reform 0
The New Party ofJapan 0
Other political party 1
Do not favor any political party 48
Cannot say/Do not know 6

 

SQ1.  [For those who answered “Do not support any party” or “Cannot say/Do not know”] If you had to name one, which political party would you favor? (N=493)

Democratic Party ofJapan 10
Liberal Democratic Party 16
New Komeito 1
JapanCommunist Party 1
Social Democratic Party 0
The People’s New Party 0
Your Party 8
SunriseParty ofJapan 1
The New Party for Reform 4
The New Party ofJapan 0
Other political party 1
Do not favor any political party 45
Cannot say/Do not know 13

[Support + Preferred Parties (N=914)]

Democratic Party ofJapan 27
Liberal Democratic Party 21
New Komeito 4
JapanCommunist Party 2
Social Democratic Party 1
The People’s New Party 0
Your Party 9
SunriseParty ofJapan 1
The New Party for Reform 2
The New Party ofJapan 0
Other political party 1
Do not favor any political party 24
Cannot say/Do not know 7

Q3.  Although it appears that the national and prefectural debt will be the largest ever, Prime Minister Hatoyama has stated “the consumption tax will not be raised in four years.”  What are your thoughts on the prime minister’s statement? (N=914)

For 37
Against 50
Neither 8
Cannot say/Do not know 4

Q4.  The government 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 then, do you think the prime minister should resign or not resign? (N=914)

Should resign 57
Not necessary to resign 36
Neither 3
Cannot say/Do not know 4

 

Q5.  A number of new parties have formed prior to the House of Councillors election.  From the following, for which party do you hold the most expectations? (N=914)

Mr. Takeo Hiranuma and Mr. Kaoru Yosano’s Sunrise Party of Japan 4
Mr. Yoichi Masuzoe’s New Party for Reform 20
Mr. Hiroshi Yamada’s, (Mayor of Sugninami Ward of the Tokyo Metropolitan area) the Spirit of Japan Party 9
No expectations of any party 58
Cannot say/Do not know 8

 

Q6.  When you cast your vote this summer for the House of Councillors election, will you take into consideration Prime Minister Hatoyama and DPJ Secretary General Ozawa’s political fund scandals? (N=914)

Will take into consideration 54
Will not take into consideration 39
Neither 3
Cannot say/Do not know 4

 

Q7. May 3rd is Constitution Memorial Day.  What are your thoughts on amending the constitution? (N=914)

Should remain as it is 40
Should be amended 47
Cannot say/Do not know 14

 

SQ1.  [For those who answered “Should remain as it is”] What is the reason for this? Please choose one from the following four answers: (N=363)

There are no problems as it is 18
The revision of the constitution may trigger a change on pacifism 28
There are many other issues that should be tackled 23
The constitution should not be revised except in extraordinary circumstances 29
Other 0
Cannot say/Do not know 2

 

SQ2.  [For those who answered “Should be amended”] What is the reason for this? Please choose one from the following four answers:  (N=426)

The constitution was enacted under the occupation 10
The articles are unrealistic 11
It is necessary to incorporate new ideas
It is necessary to change the structure of the nation in order to facilitate reforms easily 60
Other 0
Cannot say/Do not know 3

 

Q8.  The National Referendum Law, which stipulates procedures for amendment of the constitution, comes into effect May 18.  Were you aware or not aware of this? (N=914)

Aware 20
Not aware 76
Other 0
Cannot say/Do not know 4

 

Q9.  In this summer’s House of Councillors election, which party or which candidate’s party will you vote for?  (N=914)

Democratic Party ofJapan 20
Liberal Democratic Party 14
New Komeito 4
JapanCommunist Party 3
Social Democratic Party 1
The People’s New Party 0
Your Party 11
SunriseParty ofJapan 2
The New Party for Reform 7
The New Party ofJapan 0
Other political party 2
Have not decided yet 23
Will not vote 0
Cannot say/Do not know 12

 

Q10.  In the future, which politician would you like to see demonstrate greater influence over Japanese politics?  Please choose one from the following: (N=914)

Yukio Hatoyama 5
Katsuya Okada 7
Ichiro Ozawa 3
NaotoKan 5
Seiji Maehara 13
Akira Nagatsuma 3
Sadakazu Tanigaki 1
Shigeru Ishiba 6
Nobuteru Ishihara 7
Yoichi Masuzoe 23
Other 7
Cannot say/Do not know 20

Polling Information

F1. Gender (Determined by the polltaker) (N=914)

Male 46
Female 54
Unknown 0

F2.  How old are you? (N=914)

20s 4
30s 16
40s 18
50s 20
60s 21
70 years old or older 17
Refused to answer 3

Average Age: 54.3 years

 

F3. What is your occupation? (N=914)

Agriculture, forestry and fisheries 4
Employee (company or governmental employee, teacher, etc.) 44
Self-owned business, self-employed (including a homemaker) 9
Full-time housewife (without job only) 19
Student 1
Unemployed 20
Refused to answer 3

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