Nikkei Shimbun February 2010 Telephone Opinion Poll (10-06)

Nikkei Shimbun February 2010 Telephone Opinion Poll

Dates Conducted
February 26 – 28, 2010

Methodology
Nationwide poll. See below for age and gender breakdown

Key Issues

  • Support for the Hatoyama cabinet
  • House of Councillors election
  • Ozawa’s political fund scandals
  • Relocation of Futenma Air Station
  • DPJ policies

Link to Original Source
http://www.nikkei-r.co.jp/phone/results/popup/y201002a.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=948)

Support 39
Do not support 46
Cannot say/Do not know 15

 

SQ1.  [For those who answered “Cannot say”/”Do not know”] Which of the following is closest to your feelings? (N=141)

Support 24
Do not support 22
Cannot say/Do not know 54

[Total (combined) approval rating (N=948)]

Support 43
Do not support 49
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 seven answers: (N=404)

Because it is a DPJ cabinet 39
Because it has good policies 28
Because it is internationally minded 8
Because it has good leadership 4
Because it is stable 3
Because of the trustworthy character of its members 26
Because it is politically clean 13
Other 9
Cannot say/Do not know 4

 

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 seven answers: (N=467)

Because it is a DPJ cabinet 20
Because its policies are bad 34
Because it is not internationally minded 17
Because of its lack of leadership 53
Because it is not stable 36
Because its members are not trustworthy 25
Because it is not clean politically 17
Other 5
Cannot say/Do not know 3

 

Q2.  Which political party do you currently support?  Please choose only one. (N=948)

Democratic Party ofJapan 34
Liberal Democratic Party 17
NewKomeito 4
JapanCommunist Party 2
Social Democratic Party 1
The People’s New Party 0
Your Party 2
KaikakuClub 0
The New Party ofJapan 0
Other political party 0
Do not favor any political party 36
Cannot say/Do not know 4

 

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=377)

Democratic Party ofJapan 17
Liberal Democratic Party 17
NewKomeito 2
JapanCommunist Party 3
Social Democratic Party 0
The People’s New Party 1
Your Party 3
KaikakuClub 0
The New Party ofJapan 0
Other political party 1
Do not favor any political party 43
Cannot say/Do not know 14

[Support + Preferred Parties (N=948)]

Democratic Party ofJapan 41
Liberal Democratic Party 24
NewKomeito 5
JapanCommunist Party 3
Social Democratic Party 1
The People’s New Party 1
Your Party 4
KaikakuClub 0
The New Party ofJapan 0
Other political party 1
Do not favor any political party 17
Cannot say/Do not know 5

 

Q3.  Although it appears that the national and prefectural debt will be the largest ever, Prime Minster Hatoyama has stated “the consumption tax will not be raised in four years.”  What are you thoughts on the prime minster’s statement? (N=948)

For 50
Against 37
Neither 9
Cannot say/Do not know 5

Q4.  In regards to a controversial land purchase made by DPJ Secretary Ichiro Ozawa’s fund management group, the opposition parties are seeking to summon Mr. Ozawa and other persons of interest and witnesses.  How do you believe Mr. Ozawa should handle this issue? (N=948)

Should comply with request to summon persons of interest or witnesses 83
Not necessary to comply with the request to summon persons of interest or witnesses 11
Neither 2
Cannot say/Do not know 4

Q5.  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=948)

Will take into consideration 57
Will not take into consideration 35
Neither 3
Cannot say/Do not know 6

Q6.  The government aims to make a decision on the relocation of the U.S. Futenma Air Station by the end of May and is hurrying its examination of the issue.  How do you believe the government should handle this issue? (N=948)

Should relocate elsewhere withinOkinawa 17
Should relocate withinJapan, but outsideOkinawa 12
Should relocate outside ofJapan 31
No need to relocate fromFutenma 19
Neither 7
Cannot say/Do not know 14

Q7.  Finance Minister Nato Kan has said that discussions on tax reform, including consumption tax, will begin.  Do you approve or not approve of this? (N=948)

Approve 62
Do not approve 25
Neither 3
Cannot say/Do not know 11

 

Q8.  It is said that if the main policies outlined in the DPJ manifesto during the House of Representatives election were implemented, there would be insufficient funds to finance them.  From the following choices, please pick the policies that you think should be reexamined. (N=948)

Abolishment of highway tolls 52
Abolishment of provisional taxes such as the gasoline tax 27
Child allowance payments 36
Free high school tuition 33
Door-to-door compensation for farmers 18
Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2020 compared with 1990 levels 17
Not necessary to reexamine any policies 2
Other 1
Cannot say/Do not know 8

Q9. In this summer’s House of Councillors election which party or which candidate’s party will you vote for?  Please choose one from the following: (N=948)

Democratic Party ofJapan 33
Liberal Democratic Party 20
NewKomeito 5
JapanCommunist Party 3
Social Democratic Party 1
The People’s New Party 1
Your Party 6
KaikakuClub 0
The New Party ofJapan 0
Other political party 1
Have not decided yet 20
Will not vote 1
Cannot say/Do not know 11

Q10.  In the future, which politician would you like to see demonstrate greater influence over Japanese politics?  Please choose one from the following: (N=948)

YukioHatoyama 9
KatsuyaOkada 8
Ichiro Ozawa 2
NaotoKan 8
SeijiMaehara 12
AkiraNagatsuma 4
SadakazuTanigaki 4
ShigeruIshiba 6
NobuteruIshihara 4
YoichiMasuzoe 21
Other 4
Cannot say/Do not know 18

Q11.  What is the most desirable form of administration? (N-=948)

Administration centered on the DPJ 18
DPJ only administration 14
Administration centered on the LDP 11
LDP only administration 5
A grand coalition that includes the DPJ and LDP 34
Other 4
Cannot say/Do not know 14

 

Polling Information

F1. Gender (Determined by the polltaker) (N=948)

Male 45
Female 55
Unknown 0

F2.  How old are you? (N=948)

20s 4
30s 15
40s 17
50s 18
60s 23
70 years old or older 20
Refused to answer 3

Average Age: 55.4 years

 

F3. What is your occupation? (N=948)

Agriculture, forestry and fisheries 4
Employee (company or governmental employee, teacher, etc.) 41
Self-owned business, self-employed (including a homemaker) 10
Full-time housewife (without job only) 20
Student 2
Unemployed 21
Refused to answer 3

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