Nikkei Shimbun August 2008 Telephone Opinion Poll (08-20)

Key Issues
  • Support for the Fukuda Cabinet
  • Economy
Dates Conducted

August 29 – 31, 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=866)

Support 29%
Do not support 63
Can not say; Do not know 8

 

SQ1. For those who answered “support” in Q1: What is the reason for your support? Please select as many as apply from the following seven. (N=252)

Because it is an LDP cabinet 37%
Its policies are good 7
It has an international sensibility 7
It has leadership 5
It appears to be stable 17
Can trust its members’ personalities 37
Politically clean 16
Other 8
Can not say; Do not know 3

 

SQ2. For those who answered “do not support” in Q1: What is the reason for your lack of support? Please select as many as apply from the following seven. (N=543)

Because it is an LDP cabinet 18%
Its policies are bad 45
It does not have an international sensibility 20
It does not have a sense of leadership 59
It does not appear to be stable 32
Cannot trust its members’ personality 18
Politically it is not clean 5
Other 3
Can not say; Do not know 4

Q2. Which political party do you support right now? Please select one. (N=866)

Liberal Democratic Party 32%
Democratic Party of Japan 21
New Komeito Party 3
Japan Communist Party 3
Social Democratic Party of Japan 1
The New People’s Party 0
The New Party Nippon 0
Other 0
Do not support any party 34
Can not say; Do not know 5

 

SQ1. For those who answered “do not support any party” or “can not say/do not know” in Q2: If you had to select one, which party would you prefer? Please select one only. (N=342)

Liberal Democratic Party 14%
Democratic Party of Japan 24
New Komeito Party 1
Japan Communist Party 2
Social Democratic Party of Japan 3
The New People’s Party 0
The New Party Nippon 0
Other 0
Do not support any party 40
Can not say; Do not know 15

[Support + preferable parties (N=866)]

Liberal Democratic Party 37%
Democratic Party of Japan 30
New Komeito Party 3
Japan Communist Party 4
Social Democratic Party of Japan 2
The New People’s Party 0
The New Party Nippon 0
Other 1
Do not support any party 16
Can not say; Do not know 6

Q3. Do you support or not support the performance of the Fukuda cabinet? (N=866)

Support 25%
Not support 66
Neither support nor not support 5
Can not say; Do not know 5

 

SQ1. For those who answered “support” in Q3: What is the primary reason for your support? (N=215)

Efforts on the economic front 13%
Efforts toward fiscal reconstruction 13
Efforts on pensions and healthcare 30
Efforts on foreign policy and national security 15
Addressing problems associated with politics and money 14
Other 4
Can not say; Do not know 10

SQ2. For those who answered “do not support” in Q3: What is the primary reason for your lack of support? (N=570)

Efforts on the economic front 24%
Efforts toward fiscal reconstruction 14
Efforts on pensions and healthcare 37
Efforts on foreign policy and national security 5
Addressing problems associated with politics and money 18
Other 1
Can not say; Do not know 1

Q4. Which do you think is the most preferable economic measure? (N=866)

Enhanced investment in public-works projects 8%
Revision of securities-taxation system to invigorate investment in stocks 4
Tax cuts for businesses, centered on corporate taxes 5
Deregulation measures to stimulate corporate competition 6
Relief for small and medium-size businesses struggling with high oil prices 32
Fixed-amount, across-the-board tax cuts for low- and medium-income wage earners 36
Other 2
Can not say; Do not know 8

Q5. The government and ruling parties have come to an agreement to enact a one-time, fixed-amount cut this year of income taxes and local taxes. Do you support or not support this measure?

Support 61%
Not support 28
Can not say; Do not know 11

Q6. The government and the Bank of Japan have essentially confirmed that the economy has entered a recessionary phase. What makes you most aware of the economic downturn? (N=866)

Falling wages 10%
Worsening employment outlook 15
Rising gasoline, food and other commodity prices 58
Low returns on stocks and other financial products 7
Falling real-estate prices 2
Other 0
Can not answer; Do not know 7

Q7. Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ota registered his secretary’s family home as an office, and used the home to charge for office expenses and other outlays. He has explained that there is “nothing wrong” with doing so. What do you think about this? (N=866)

Nothing wrong 4%
Requires a more detailed explanation 55
He should resign as minister 33
Can not say; do not know 7

Q8. Do you think that the House of Representatives should be dissolved and a general election held? (N=866)

It should be dissolved as soon as possible 22%
It should be dissolved by the end of the year 23
It should be dissolved at the beginning of next year’s regular session of the Diet 9
It should be dissolved next spring, once the budget is complete 13
It does not need to be dissolved 22
Other 0
Can not say; Do not know 11

Q9. Who do you think is suitable as the next prime minister? (N=866)

Yasuo Fukuda 5%
Taro Aso 26
Yuriko Koike 6
Junichiro Koizumi 14
Sadakazu Tanigaki 3
Kaoru Yosano 2
Ichiro Ozawa 8
Takuya Okada 4
Naoto Kan 4
Yukio Hatoyama 2
Seiji Maehara 2
Other 6
Can not say; Do not know 17

 

Polling Information

F1. Gender (judged by the interviewers; N=866)

Male 43%
Female 57
Unknown 0

   

F2. What is your age? (N=866)

20s 7%
30s 18
40s 18
50s 17
60s 20
70s 16
Refused to answer 4

Average=52.7 years old

 

F3. What is your occupation? Please select one of the following (N=866)

Agriculture, forestry and fishing 3%
Employed (corporate employee, civil servant, teacher, etc.) 45
Self-employed, freelance (including family business) 9
Housewife (without any outside jobs) 20
Student 1
Unemployed 17
Refused to answer 5

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