Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll Released November 15, 2011

Asahi Shimbun Regular Public Opinion Poll (11/15/2011)

Terms of Use

Dates Conducted
November 12 and 13, 2011

Released
November 15, 2011 (Morning edition of the Asahi Shimbun).

Methodology

The poll was conducted by telephone on November 12 and 13 with voters from across Japan (except Fukushima), whose telephone numbers were selected by a computer at random. Subjects were selected using a three-stage random sampling method (the Asahi RDD). The total number of those polled was 3,179, with 1,857 responses and a 58% response rate. Decimals were rounded up.

The questions with ◆ marks are questions for everyone. The questions with ◇ are branching questions, and the numbers with them are ratio to the participants who answer the questions. The numbers in 〈 〉 are the ratio to the whole. Unless otherwise noted, the numbers in ( ) are the results from a poll conducted on October 15 and 16, 2011.

Key Issues

  • Support for the Noda cabinet
  • Japan- U.S. relations (TPP and U.S. army bases in Okinawa)
  • Tax increases (for disaster relief and social welfare)

 

Q1. ◆ Do you support the Noda cabinet?

Support

40% (48)

Do not support

33% (26)

Q2. ◇ Why? Choose one. (The numbers on the left are the reasons from the supporting 48%, on the right from the not-supporting 26%)

Because Mr. Noda is the Prime Minister 24%〈10〉 1%〈0〉
Because the administration is centered around the DPJ 24%〈10〉 23%〈7〉
Because of the polices 25%〈10〉 35%〈12〉
Because of the ability to get things done 18%〈7〉 37%〈12〉

Q3. ◆ Which political party do you currently support?

Democratic Party of Japan

23% (25)

Liberal Democratic Party

15% (19)

New Komeito

3% (2)

Japan Communist Party

2% (1)

Social Democratic Party

1% (1)

Your Party

2% (2)

The People’s New Party

0% (0)

The Sunrise Party of Japan

0% (0)

The New Party Nippon

0% (0)

New Renaissance Party

0% (0)

Other party

1% (0)

Do not support any party

45% (45)

No answer/Do not know

8% (5)

Q4. ◆If a general election were to be held, which party would you vote for in the proportional representation vote? ?

Democratic Party of Japan

26% (31)

Liberal Democratic Party

25% (23)

New Komeito

3% (3)

Japan Communist Party

4% (4)

Social Democratic Party

1% (2)

Your Party

6% (4)

The People’s New Party

0% (0)

The Sunrise Party of Japan

0% (0)

The New Party Nippon

0% (0)

New Renaissance Party

0% (0)

Other party

1% (3)

No answer/Do not know

34% (30)

Q5. ◆ How much of an expectation do you have of Prime Minister Noda? (Select one)

Very high expectations 12%〈14〉
Relatively high expectations 47%〈48〉
Relatively low expectations 30%〈28〉
Very low expectations 10%〈8〉

Q6. ◆ Asian nations, led by the United States, are negotiating to form a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  How much interest do you have towards Japan’s participation in the TPP? (Select one)

Very interested 33%
Relatively interested 46%
Not very interested 14%
Not interested at all 5%

Q7. ◆ Prime Minister Noda has stated that he would start negotiations with participating states to prepare for participation in the TPP. How do you evaluate this action?

Highly

51%

Not at all

34%

Q8. ◆ Do you agree with Japan’s participation in the TPP?

Agree

46%

Disagree

28%

Q9. ◆ Do you think the Noda cabinet has disclosed enough information to the public concerning the TPP?

Very high expectations 1%
Relatively high expectations 24%
Relatively low expectations 56%
Very low expectations 17%

Q10. ◆ Japan is also currently considering establishing open economies with China and Korea. From an economic perspective, do you think Japan should prioritize the relationship with the United States or the relationship with China and Korea?

The United States

37%

China and Korea

36%

Q11. ◆ Do you agree with moving the Futenma airbase to Henoko?

Agree

29%

Disagree

41%

Q12.  ◆ In light of the necessity to increase taxes for the disaster relief effort, the Democratic Party of Japan, the Liberal Democratic Party, and New Komeito have drawn a proposal to increase income tax and residence tax instead of the tobacco tax. How do you reguard this decision?

Highly

31%

Not at all

56%

Q13. ◆ Apart from disaster relief, the government is also planning to raise consumption tax to 10% by the mid 2010s to fund the welfare system. Do you agree with this move?

Agree

50%

Disagree

42%

 

 

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