Nikkei Shimbun August 2010 Telephone Opinion Poll (10-28)

Key Issues
  • Support for the Kan cabinet
  • DPJ presidential election
Dates Conducted

August 27 – 29, 2010

Methodology

Nationwide poll. See below for age and gender breakdown

Survey

*All numbers are percentages

*Numbers in parentheses are the total number of respondents

Q1.  Do you support or not support the Kan cabinet? (N=940)

Support 46
Do not support 33
Cannot say/Do not know 21

 

SQ1.  [For those who answered “Cannot say/Do not know”] Which of the following is closest to your feelings? (N=195)

Support 38
Do not support 18
Cannot say/Do not know 44

[Total (combined) approval rating (N=940)]

Support 54
Do not support 37
Cannot say/Do not know 9

 

SQ2.  [For those who answered “Support”]  What are the reasons you support the cabinet?  Please choose all that apply from the following eight answers: (N=505)

Because it is a DPJ cabinet 25
Because it has good policies 9
Because it is internationally minded 3
Because it has good leadership 6
Because it is stable 7
Because of the trustworthy character of its members 39
Because it is politically clean 24
Because its management of government and party is good 6
Other 11
Cannot say/Do not know 10

 

SQ3.  [For those who answered “Do not support”] What are the reasons you do not support the cabinet?  Please choose all that apply from the following eight answers: (N=349)

Because it is a DPJ cabinet 18
Because its policies are bad 38
Because it is not internationally minded 23
Because of its lack of leadership 52
Because it is not stable 35
Because its members are not trustworthy 16
Because it is not clean politically 6
Because its management of government and party is bad 45
Other 5
Cannot say/Do not know 2

 

Q2.  Which political party do you currently support? Please choose only one. (N=940)

Democratic Party of Japan 35
Liberal Democratic Party 18
New Komeito 3
Your Party 5
Japan Communist Party 1
Social Democratic Party 1
The People’s New Party 0
Sunrise Party of Japan 0
New Renaissance Party 0
The New Party of Japan 0
Other political party 0
Do not favor any political party 31
Cannot say/Do not know 6

 

SQ1. [For those who answered “Do not support any party” or “Cannot say/Do not know”] If you had to name one, which political party would you favor? (N=344)

Democratic Party of Japan 16
Liberal Democratic Party 14
New Komeito 1
Your Party 9
Japan Communist Party 4
Social Democratic Party 2
The People’s New Party 0
Sunrise Party of Japan 1
New Renaissance Party 0
The New Party of Japan 0
Other political party 0
Do not favor any political party 40
Cannot say/Do not know 12

[Support + Preferred Parties (N=940)

Democratic Party of Japan 40
Liberal Democratic Party 23
New Komeito 4
Your Party 9
Japan Communist Party 2
Social Democratic Party 2
The People’s New Party 0
Sunrise Party of Japan 1
New Renaissance Party 0
The New Party of Japan 0
Other political party 0
Do not favor any political party 15
Cannot say/Do not know 4

 

Q3.  How do you evaluate the performance of the Kan cabinet so far? (N=940)

Positively 31
Not positively 49
Neither 13
Cannot say/Do not know 7

SQ1.  [For those who answered “Positively”] What is the biggest reason for your evaluation?  Please choose one from the following answers: (N=290)

Approach toward economic measures 7
Approach toward cutting wasteful public spending 45
Approach toward pension/medical care problems 8
Approach toward diplomacy/national security 3
Approach toward the politics and money problem 17
Approach toward building a system of political leadership 7
Approach toward global warming problems 1
Other 3
Cannot say/Do not know 8

 

SQ2.  [For those who answered “Not positively”] What is the biggest reason for your evaluation?  Please choose one from the following answers: (N=459)

Approach toward economic measures 42
Approach toward cutting wasteful public spending 7
Approach toward pension/medical care problems 8
Approach toward diplomacy/national security 7
Approach toward the politics and money problem 11
Approach toward building a system of political leadership 14
Approach toward global warming problems 1
Other 5
Cannot say/Do not know 5

Q4.  Prime Minister Naoto Kan has suggested his intention of holding nonpartisan discussions regarding an increase in the consumption tax.  Are you for or against an increase in the consumption tax? (N=940)

For 45
Against 46
Neither 8
Cannot say/Do not know 1

 

Q5.  It appears that for the election of DPJ president, Prime Minister Naoto Kan and former Secretary-General Ichiro Ozawa will battle head-to-head.  Of the two candidates, who do you think is more suitable as prime minister? (N=940)

Prime Minister Naoto Kan 67
Former Secretary-General Ichiro Ozawa 15
Cannot say/Do not know 19

 

SQ1.  [For those who answered “Cannot say/Do not know”] If you were to describe either as strong, which do you think is more suitable? (N=175)

Prime Minister Naoto Kan 31
Former Secretary-General Ichiro Ozawa 11
Cannot say/Do not know 57

[Q5 + Total of SQ1 (N=940)]

Prime Minister Naoto Kan 73
Former Secretary-General Ichiro Ozawa 17
Cannot say/Do not know 11

 

SQ2.  [For those who answered “Prime Minister Naoto Kan”] What is the reason for choosing the prime minister as a suitable candidate?  Please choose one. (N=682)

Because his character is trustworthy 12
Because he has good leadership 3
Because he is politically clean 7
Because his policies and policy decisions aregood 4
Because I cannot support former Secretary-General Ozawa 70
Other 1
Cannot say/Do not know 2

 

SQ3.  [For those who answered “Former Secretary-General Ichiro Ozawa”] What is the reason for you choosing him as a suitable candidate? (N=157)

Because his character is trustworthy 0
Because he has good leadership 67
Because he is politically clean 2
Because his policies and policy decisions aregood 4
Because I cannot support Prime Minister Kan 19
Cannot say/Do not know 4

 

Q6.  In the House of Councillors election held in July, the ruling party suffered crushing defeat and lost their majority.  What measures do you think the ruling party should take in the future? (N=940)

Form a grand coalition with the LDP 16
Form a new coalition with parties such as the New Komeito or Your Party 19
Form coalitions with opposition parties depending on specific policies 46
Other 6
Cannot say/Do not know 14

 

Q7.  Currently, the yen is appreciating and stock prices are low.  How do you evaluate the government’s economic policies as a response to this situation? (N=940)

Positively evaluate 10
Not positively 74
Neither 4
Cannot say/Do not know 12

 

Q8.  In the future, which politician would you like to see demonstrate greater influence over Japanese politics?  Please choose one from the following: (N=940)

Naoto Kan 15
Yukino Edano 2
Katsuya Okada 6
Ichiro Ozawa 6
Shinji Tarutoko 1
Yukio Hatoyama 1
Seiji Maehara 17
Sadakazu Tanigaki 3
Shigeru Ishiba 4
Yoichi Masuzoe 11
Yoshimi Watanabe 14
Other 5
Cannot say/Do not know 14

 

Polling Information

F1.  Gender (Determined by the polltaker) (N=940)

Male 44
Female 56
Unknown 0

 

F2.  How old are you? (N=940)

20s 5
30s 15
40s 17
50s 21
60s 20
70 years old or older 21
Refused to answer 2

Average Age: 55.1 years

 

F3.  What is your occupation? (N=940)

Agriculture, forestry and fisheries 4
Employee (company or governmental employee, teacher, etc.) 46
Self-owned business, self-employed (including a homemaker) 12
Full-time housewife (without job only) 18
Student 0
Unemployed 18
Refused to answer 2

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