Nikkei Shimbun December 2009 Telephone Opinion Poll (09-34)

Key Issues
  • Support for the Hatoyama cabinet
  • DPJ policies
  • Relocation of Futenma Air Station
  • Hatoyama and the false fund donation statements
  • Meeting between the emperor and the Chinese vice president
Dates Conducted

December 25 – 27, 2009

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 Hatoyama cabinet? (N=1033)

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

 

SQ1.  [For those who answered “Cannot say”/”Do not know”] Which of the following is closest to your feelings? (N=190)

Support 33
Do not support 24
Cannot say/Do not know 43

[Total (combined) approval rating (N=1033)]

Support 50
Do not support 42
Cannot say/Do not know 8

 

SQ2.  [For those who answered “Support”] What are the reasons you support the cabinet?  Please choose all that apply from the following seven answers: (N=518)

Because it is a DPJ cabinet 37
Because it has good policies 27
Because it is internationally minded 13
Because it has good leadership 6
Because it is stable 4
Because of the trustworthy character of its members 27
Because it is politically clean 12
Other 10
Cannot say/Do not know 6

 

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 seven answers: (N=433)

Because it is a DPJ cabinet 19
Because its policies are bad 32
Because it is not internationally minded 22
Because of its lack of leadership 54
Because it is not stable 38
Because its members are not trustworthy 26
Because it is not clean politically 10
Other 9
Cannot say/Do not know 4

 

Q2.  Which political party do you currently support?  Please choose only one. (N=1033)

Democratic Party of Japan 39
Liberal Democratic Party 18
New Komeito 3
Japan Communist Party 2
Social Democratic Party 1
The People’s New Party 1
Your Party 1
Kaikaku Club 0
The New Party of Japan 0
Other political party 0
Do not favor any political party 31
Cannot say/Do not know 4

 

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=359)

Democratic Party of Japan 19
Liberal Democratic Party 15
New Komeito 1
Japan Communist Party 2
Social Democratic Party 3
The People’s New Party 0
Your Party 3
Kaikaku Club 0
The New Party of Japan 0
Other political party 1
Do not favor any political party 43
Cannot say/Do not know 14

[Support + Preferred Parties (N=1033)]

Democratic Party of Japan 46
Liberal Democratic Party 23
New Komeito 4
Japan Communist Party 2
Social Democratic Party 2
The People’s New Party 1
Your Party 2
Kaikaku Club 0
The New Party of Japan 0
Other political party 1
Do not favor any political party 15
Cannot say/Do not know 5

 

Q3.  Do you positively or not positively evaluate the performance of the Hatoyama cabinet? (N=1033)

Positively 43
Not positively 37
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 seven choices: (N=445)

Approach toward economic measures 5
Approach toward cutting wasteful public spending 68
Approach toward pension/medical care problems 5
Approach toward diplomacy/national security 1
Approach toward the politics and money problem 2
Approach toward building a system of political leadership 11
Approach toward global warming problems 4
Other 2
Cannot say/Do not know 2

 

SQ2.  [For those who answered “Not positively”] What is the biggest reason for your evaluation?  Please choose one from the following seven answers: (N=385)

Approach toward economic measures 24
Approach toward cutting wasteful public spending 11
Approach toward pension/medical care problems 8
Approach toward diplomacy/national security 18
Approach toward the politics and money problem 19
Approach toward building a system of political leadership 7
Approach toward global warming problems 4
Other 5
Cannot say/Do not know 5

 

Q4.  The government has decided not to make changes to current taxes such as the gasoline tax.  Do you approve or not approve of this? (N=1033)

Approve 45
Do not approve 43
Neither 5
Cannot say/Do not know 8

 

Q5.  The government has decided not to place income restrictions on the “child allowance” for each child up to middle school age.  Do you approve or not approve of this? (N=1033)

Approve 38
Do not approve 55
Neither 2
Cannot say/Do not know 5

 

Q6.  The government has delayed settling the issue of the Futenma Air Station relocation problem.  Do you approve or not approve of this? (N=1033)

Approve 24
Not approve 63
Neither 3
Cannot say/Do not know 10

 

Q7.  Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s former secretary has been indicted for violating the political funds control law.  Do you think the prime minster has provided a sufficient explanation for his fund management group’s false fund donation problem? (N=1033)

Explanation is sufficient 16
Explanation is not sufficient 75
Neither 3
Cannot say/Do not know 6

 

SQ1.  [For those who answered “Explanation is not sufficient”] Do you think Prime Minister Hatoyama should take responsibility for the indictment of his former secretary and resign or not resign?  (N=773)

Should resign 37
Resignation is not necessary 53
Neither 2
Cannot say/Do not know 7

 

Q8.  It is said that DPJ Secretary Ichiro Ozawa holds large authority over the Hatoyama administration.  What are your thoughts on Mr. Ozawa’s influence over the administration? (N=1033)

His influence should be restrained 65
His influence is appropriate 16
His influence should be increasingly exhibited 9
Other 2
Cannot say/Do not know 9

 

Q9.  In regards to claims of special treatment in setting up the meeting between the emperor and the Chinese vice president, DPJ Secretary Ozawa has stated “the emperor’s acts in matters of state are subject to the cabinet’s advice and approval.”  Are you in support or against this statement? (N=1033)

Support 24
Against 60
Neither 5
Cannot say/Do not know 12

 

Q10.  In the future, which politician would you like to see demonstrate greater influence over Japanese politics?  Please choose one from the following: (N=1033)

Yukio Hatoyama 12
Katsuya Okada 9
Ichiro Ozawa 7
NaotoKan 7
Seiji Maehara 7
Akira Nagatsuma 4
Sadakazu Tanigaki 3
Shigeru Ishiba 6
Nobuteru Ishihara 6
Yoichi Masuzoe 18
Other 6
Cannot say/Do not know 16

 

Polling Information

F1. Gender (Determined by the polltaker) (N=1033)

Male 48
Female 52
Unknown 0

 

F2.  How old are you? (N=1033)

20s 6
30s 15
40s 18
50s 18
60s 23
70 years old or older 17
Refused to answer 3

Average Age: 53.9 years

 

F3. What is your occupation? (N=1033)

Agriculture, forestry and fisheries 3
Employee (company or governmental employee, teacher, etc.) 42
Self-owned business, self-employed (including a homemaker) 10
Full-time housewife (without job only) 20
Student 2
Unemployed 18
Refused to answer 3

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