Yomiuri Shimbun October 2010 Telephone Opinion Poll (10-31)

Yomiuri Shimbun October 2010 Telephone Public Opinion Poll

Dates Conducted
October 1 – 3, 2010

Methodology
Nationwide telephone survey using the RDD (random digit dialing) method.
Numbers selected for dialing: 4500
Households confirmed with an eligible voter: 1731
Random selection of one eligible voter per household.
Valid responses: 1104 (with 64% response rate)

Key Issues

  • Support for the Kan cabinet
  • China fishing vessel collision incident

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

 

Survey

*All numbers are percentages

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

Support 53
Do not support 37
Other 6
No answer 4

SQ1.  [Those who answered “Support” to Q1 only] Please select one reason from the following six answers for why you support the Kan cabinet:

Have expectations for their policies 13
Their aim to have political leadership lead decision-making 17
The prime minister has leadership qualities 3
Can trust the prime minister 16
Members of the cabinet are good 10
It is not an LDP administration 33
Other 5
No answer 4

 

SQ2.  [Those who answered “Do not support” to Q1 only] Please select one reason from the following six answers for why you do not support the Kan cabinet:

Cannot have expectations for their policies 24
Cannot have expectations for their aim to have political leadership lead decision-making 15
The prime minister does not have leadership qualities 35
Cannot trust the prime minister 11
Members of the cabinet are not good 4
It is not an LDP administration 6
Other 1
No answer 5

 

Q2.  Which political party do you currently support? Please select one:

Democratic Party ofJapan 36
Liberal Democratic Party 16
NewKomeito 2
JapanCommunist Party 2
Social Democratic Party 1
Your Party 5
The People’s New Party 0
SunriseParty ofJapan 0
The New Party ofJapan
New Renaissance Party
Other party
Do not support any party 36
No answer 1

 

Q3.  From following list, please select one issue, if any, that you would like the Kan cabinet to prioritize:

Economic conditions and job security 34
Social security reform, including pensions and healthcare 27
Support for child care and countermeasures for declining birthrates 8
Tax reform such as the issue of the consumption tax 10
Diplomacy, national defense and security 14
The problem of money in politics 7
Other 0
Nothing in particular 1
No answer 1

Q6.  In regards to the collision of a Chinese fishing vessel in Japanese territorial waters at the Senkaku Islands , prosecutors have decided to release and not press charges against the captain without “planning ahead and taking into consideration the future of Japan-China relations.”  Do you think this decision was appropriate or not appropriate?

Appropriate 19
Not appropriate 72
No answer 9

SQ1.  [Those who answered “Appropriate” to Q1 only]  Please select one reason from the following four answers for why you think the decision was appropriate:

Should avoid the deterioration of Japan-China relations 45
Because there will be an impact on the economy 23
Because Japanese employees have been detained inChina 17
Because it is not necessary to prosecute 10
Other 1
No answer 4

SQ2.  [Those who answered “Not appropriate” to Q1 only]  Please select one reason from the following four answers for why you think the decision was not appropriate:

Because it provides the impression thatJapanwill back down if pressure is applied 41
Will strengthenChina’s sovereignty claims to the islands 14
Prosecutors should not take into consideration diplomatic relations 12
Because the malicious incident took place within territorial waters 30
Other 0
No answer 2

 

Q7.  In regards to the decision to release the Chinese captain, Prime Minister Kan has stated that “this was a decision made by the prosecution” and there was no political involvement.  Do you accept or not accept this explanation?

Accept 11
Do not accept 83
No answer 7

 

Q8.  In response to the incident, China has taken measures such as postponing scheduled talks with the Japanese government and suspended a portion of civilian exchanges, which have had an impact on the economy.  Do you think China ’s series of measures went too far or not?

Went too far 89
Did not go too far 7
No answer 4

Q9.  Following the release of the Chinese captain, China has requested an apology and compensation from the Japanese.  Do you accept or not accept these requests?

Accept 3
Do not accept 94
No answer 3

 

Q10.  Do you think the Japanese government should lay precise claim to the international community that the Senkaku Islands are Japanese territory or is it not necessary to do so?

Should lay precise claim 90
Not necessary to lay precise claim 5
No answer 5

 

Q11.  To address issues surrounding the Senkaku Islands in the future, do you think Japan should deepen its alliance with the U.S. or is it not necessary to deepen its alliance?

Should deepen its alliance with theU.S. 71
Not necessary to deepen its alliance with theU.S. 19
No answer 10

 

Q12.  Do you trust or not trust China ?  Please choose one from the following four answers:

Greatly trustChina 1
Somewhat trustChina 12
Somewhat do not trustChina 49
Do not trustChina 35
No answer 2

Q13.  Do you feel anxious or not anxious about the DPJ administration’s foreign and security policies?  Please choose one from the following four answers:

Greatly feel anxious 39
Somewhat feel anxious 45
Somewhat do not feel anxious 11
Do not feel anxious 3
No answer 3

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