Yomiuri Shimbun October 2010 Telephone Public Opinion Poll
October 1 – 3, 2010
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)
- Support for the Kan cabinet
- China fishing vessel collision incident
*All numbers are percentages
Q1. Do you support or not support the Kan cabinet?
|Do not support||37|
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|
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|
Q2. Which political party do you currently support? Please select one:
|Democratic Party ofJapan||36|
|Liberal Democratic Party||16|
|Social Democratic Party||1|
|The People’s New Party||0|
|The New Party ofJapan||–|
|New Renaissance Party||–|
|Do not support any party||36|
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|
|Nothing in particular||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?
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|
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|
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?
|Do not accept||83|
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|
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?
|Do not accept||94|
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|
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|
Q12. Do you trust or not trust China ? Please choose one from the following four answers:
|Somewhat do not trustChina||49|
|Do not trustChina||35|
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|