Nikkei Shimbun April 2008 Telephone Opinion Polls (08-11)

Key Issues
  • Support for the Fukuda Cabinet
  • Provisional gas tax
  • Japanese constitution and its amendment/revision
Dates Conducted

April 18 – 20, 2008

Methodology

Nationwide poll.  See below for age and gender breakdown.

Survey

*All numbers are percentages
*Number in parentheses are the number of respondents

Q1.  Do you support or not support the Fukuda Cabinet? (N=908)

Support 29
Do not support 59
No answer/Do not know 12

 

SQ1.  For those who answered “support,” what are the reasons for your support?  Please choose as many as applies from the following seven answers. (N=260)

Because it is an LDP cabinet 35
Good policies 9
Good sense of international affairs 10
Leadership 5
Stability 20
Trustworthy character of members 46
Politically clean 15
Others 5
No answer/Do not know 5

 

SQ2.  For those who answered “do not support,” what are the reasons for not supporting?  Please choose as many as applies from the following seven answers. (N=538)

Because it is an LDP cabinet 17
Bad policies 44
Bad sense of international affairs 16
Lack of leadership 62
Instability 37
Members not trustworthy 16
Politically not clean 5
Others 2
No answer/Do not know 2

 

Q2.  Which political party do you currently support?  Please choose only one. (N=908)

Liberal Democratic Party 31
Democratic Party of Japan 22
Komeito 3
Japan Communist Party 3
Social Democratic Party 1
The People’s New Party 0
The New Party of Japan 0
Other political party 1
Do not favor any political party 33
No answer/Do not know 6

 

SQ1.  For those who answered “do not support any party” or “no answer/do not know,” if you are to name one, which political party do you favor? (N=351)

Liberal Democratic Party 18
Democratic Party of Japan 18
Komeito 1
Japan Communist Party 4
Social Democratic Party 2
The People’s New Party 0
The New Party of Japan 0
Other political party 1
Do not favor any political party 40
No answer/Do not know 16

[Support + Preferable Parties (N=908)]

Liberal Democratic Party 38
Democratic Party of Japan 29
Komeito 4
Japan Communist Party 4
Social Democratic Party 2
The People’s New Party 0
The New Party of Japan 0
Other political party 1
Do not support or favor any political party 16
No answer/Do not know 6

 

Q3.  The provisional extra gas tax expired at the end of March.  What do you think should happen now? (N=908)

Reintroduce the extra rate and carry out road maintenance 10
Reintroduce the extra rate and use revenues for things other than road maintenance 39
Do not reintroduce the extra rate and maintain the current price of gasoline 42
Others 3
No answer/Do not know 7

 

Q4.  If the ruling parties passes a bill reintroducing the provisional extra gas tax through the House of Representatives, should the opposition party submit a motion to censure in the House of Councillors against Prime Minister Fukuda? (N=908)

They should submit the motion 45
They should not submit the motion 36
No answer/Do not know 18

 

Q5.  If the motion to censure is passed in the House of Councillors, how do you think the prime minister should respond? (N=908)

Dissolve the House of Representatives, hold general elections 42
Cabinet should resign 25
No special measures need to be taken 24
No answer/Do not know 9

 

Q6.  Prime Minister Fukuda is proposing in 2009 to take revenue, such as the gasoline tax that is set aside for road improvement, and designating it as general revenue.  Do you support or not support this proposal? (N=908)

Support 48
Do not support 37
No answer/Do not know 14

 

Q7.  Mr. Masaaki Shirakawa was endorsed as Bank of Japan governor, yet out of the 2 deputy governor positions one seat remains empty.  Who do you believe is responsible for this: the government, the ruling party or the opposition party? (N=908)

Government, ruling party 36
Opposition party 40
No answer/Do not know 24

 

Q8.  May 3 is Constitution Day, what are your thoughts in regards to the Constitution? (N-=908)

Should remain as it is 43
Should be amended 48
No answer/Do not know 9

 

SQ1.  For those who responded “should remain as it is,” what is your reason to think it should remain as it is? (N=386)

There are no problems as it is 19
The revision of the constitution may trigger a change on pacifism 29
There are many other issues that should be tackled 14
The constitution should not be revised except in extraordinary circumstances 35
Others 1
No answer/Do not know 2

 

SQ2.  For those who responded “should be amended,” what is your reason for the revision? (N=437)

The constitution was enacted under the occupation 8
The articles are unrealistic 22
It is necessary to incorporate new ideas 54
It is necessary to change the structure of the nation in order to facilitate reforms easily 14
Others 1
No answer/Do not know 1

 

SQ3.  For those who responded “should be amended”, what should be the time frame for the revision? (N=437)

It should be revised as soon as possible 28
It should be revised within a few years 34
It should be thoroughly debated without a deadline 37
Others 0
No answer/Do not know 1

 

Q9.  If there are problems with the current constitution, what are those items? (N=908)

Article 9 that contains renunciation of the right of belligerency is unrealistic 22
There is no article that is responsive for current society, such as environmental and privacy rights 31
The article on the Diet, including the bicameral system composed of the House of Councillors and the House of Representatives, is inappropriate 24
There is wide latitude for the government’s intervention and freedom of economic activities that is not clearly delineated 23
The idea of local autonomy is not fully incorporated 28
Others 2
There are no problems 3
No answer/Do not know 18

 

Q10.  Who do you believe is most qualified to be prime minister? (N=908)

Yasuo Fukuda 8
Taro Aso 21
Koike Yuriko 3
Junichiro Koizumi 20
Sadakazu Tanigaki 3
Kaoru Yosano 2
Ichiro Ozawa 6
Katsuya Okada 3
Naoto Kan 4
Yukio Hatoyama 2
Seiji Maehara 2
Others 4
No answer/Do not know 22

 

Polling Information

F1.  Gender (Determined by the polltaker) (N=908)

Male 44
Female 56
Unknown 0

 

F2.  How old are you? (N=908)

In my 20s 5
In my 30s 18
In my 40s 20
In my 50s 19
In my 60s 18
70 years old or older 15
Refused to answer 4

Average Age    52.6

 

F3.  What is your occupation? (N=908)

Agriculture, forestry and fisheries 3
Employee (company or governmental employee, teacher, etc.) 43
Self-owned business, self-employed (including a homemaker) 12
Full-time housewife (without job only) 22
Student 1
Unemployed 14
Refused to answer 5

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