Mainichi Shimbun November 2009 Public Opinion Poll (09-31)

Key Issues
  • Support for the Hatoyama Cabinet
  • Next fiscal year budget
  • Appointment of new Japan Post president
  • Relocation of U.S. Futenma Air Station
  • Voting rights to permanent foreign residents
  • Hatoyama and the false fund donation statements
Dates Conducted

November 21 and 22, 2009

Methodology

The poll was conducted by telephone on November 21 and 22.  Telephone numbers were selected at random using the RDS method.  The total number of those polled was 1,581, with 1,066 responses and a 67% response rate.

All numbers are percentages. Decimals were rounded up. 0 reflects figures below 0.5%.  No answers were omitted.  The numbers in ( ) are the results from a poll conducted on October 17 and 18, 2009.

Survey

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

Total Previous Poll Male Female
Support 64 (72) 67 61
Do not support 21 (17) 18 23
No interest 15 (10) 14 15

 

SQ1.  [For those who answered “Support”]: What is the reason for your support?

Total Previous Poll Male Female
The prime minister is a member of the Democratic Party of Japan 4 (1) 4 3
Hold expectations for their leadership 4 (4) 3 6
Hold expectations for their policies 11 (16) 12 11
The way politics is conducted appears to be changing 78 (78) 80 77

 

SQ2.  [For those who answered “Do not support”]: What is the reason for your lack of support?

Total Previous Poll Male Female
The prime minister is a member of the Democratic Party of Japan 4 (8) 1 6
Cannot hold expectations for their leadership 16 (12) 14 18
Cannot hold expectations for their policies 48 (57) 47 49
The way politics is conducted does not appear to be changing 30 (21) 35 26

 

Q2. Which political party do you support?

Total Previous Poll Male Female
Democratic Party of Japan 39 (40) 43 35
Liberal Democratic Party 15 (14) 15 14
New Komeito 3 (4) 3 4
Japan Communist Party 3 (4) 3 2
Social Democratic Party 1 (1) 1 1
The People’s New Party 1 (0) 1 1
Your Party 2 (2) 2 1
Kaikaku Club (Reform Club) 0 0 0
The New Party of Japan 0 (0) 0 0
Other political party 0 (1) 0 0
Do not favor any political party 33 (32) 30 36

 

Q3. The Hatoyama cabinet has announced that in next year’s compilation of the budget they plan to place priority on bringing to realization their policy promises outlined in their manifesto.  Please choose one that best reflects your thoughts.

Total Previous Poll Male Female
Priority should be given to the realization of the manifesto 24 22 26
Should not be particular about the manifesto 69 71 66

 

Q4.  The government’s Administrative Reform Congress is undertaking the process of checking the business contents of next fiscal year’s budget, and determining what needs to be abolished or constricted.  Do you approve or not approve of this?

Total Previous Poll Male Female
Approve 74 76 72
Do not approve 17 16 19

 

Q5.  Former Vice Finance Minister Jiro Saito was appointed as the new Japan Post President.  Do you approve or not approve of this appointment?

Total Previous Poll Male Female
Approve 28 29 26
Do not approve 57 58 57

 

Q6.  In regards to the planned relocation of U.S. Futenma Air Station within Okinawa prefecture to Nago City in Henoko district, Prime Minister Hatoyama has expressed the desire to the House of Representatives to relocate the U.S. military airfield to either outside Okinawa prefecture or outside of Japan.  How do you think the prime minister should proceed?

Total Previous Poll Male Female
Should negotiate with the U.S. aiming to relocate the military airfield either outside Okinawa prefecture or outside of Japan 50 44 54
Should look to transfer the air station to someplace else within Okinawa prefecture 17 16 18
Should accept the planned relocation of the air station to Henoko district 22 31 15

 

Q7.  The DPJ and the Komeito Party are examining the possibility of submitting a bill that would grant permanent foreign residents the right to vote in local-level elections.  Are you for or against providing permanent foreign residents the right to vote in local-level elections?

Total Previous Poll Male Female
For 59 58 59
Against 31 34 29

 

Q8.  When evaluating Prime Minister Hatoyama, how important a role do the prime minister’s false fund donation statements weigh in your evaluation?

Total Previous Poll Male Female
Important role 41 36 45
Not important 48 55 43

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