Nikkei Shimbun July 2007 Telephone Interview Poll (07-23)

Key Issues
  • Support for the Abe Cabinet
  • House of Councilors election in summer 2007
  • Abe Administration’s next steps in response to the election result
Dates Conducted

July 30 and 31, 2007

Date Released

August 1, 2007

Methodology

Nationwide poll. See below for age and gender breakdown.

Survey

Q1. Do you support or not support the Abe cabinet? (SA)

N=713

Support 28
Do not support 63
No answer/do not know 9

 

Q1SQ1. For those who answered “support” in Q1, what is the reason for your support? Please choose as many as apply from the following seven answers. (N=201)

Because it is an LDP cabinet 33
Good policies 16
Good sense of international affairs 12
Leadership 7
Stability 11
Can trust members’ personality 38
Politically clean 13
Others 7
Can’t say/ don’t know 4

 

Q1SQ2. For those who answered “do not support” in Q1, what is the reason for your lack of support? Please choose as many as apply from the following seven answers. (N=446)

Because it is an LDP cabinet 16
Bad policies 35
Bad sense of international affairs 10
Lack of leadership 52
Instability 30
Cannot trust members’ personality 15
Politically not clean 10
Others 6
Can’t say/ don’t know 4

 

Q2. Which political party do you currently support? Please choose only one of the following. (N=713)

Liberal Democratic Party 24
Democratic Party ofJapan 36
Komeito 5
JapanCommunist Party 3
Social Democratic Party 2
The People’s New Party 1
The New Party ofJapan 0
Other political party 0
Do not support any party 24
No answer/do not know 5

 

Q2SQ. 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 the most? Please choose only one of the following. (N=204)

Liberal Democratic Party 14
Democratic Party ofJapan 27
Komeito 1
JapanCommunist Party 2
Social Democratic Party 2
The People’s New Party 1
The New Party ofJapan 1
Other political party 0
Do not favor any party 30
Can’t say/ don’t know 19

[Support + Preferable Parties (N=713)]

Liberal Democratic Party 29
Democratic Party ofJapan 44
Komeito 5
JapanCommunist Party 4
Social Democratic Party 2
The People’s New Party 1
The New Party ofJapan 0
Other political party 0
Do not support or favor any party 9
Can’t say/ don’t know 5

 

Q3. Which party’s candidate did you vote for in the electoral district in this past election of the House of Councilors? (N=713)

Liberal Democratic Party 25
Democratic Party ofJapan 37
Komeito 4
JapanCommunist Party 5
Social Democratic Party 1
The People’s New Party 2
The New Party ofJapan 0
Other political party 1
Independent candidate 2
Did not vote 12
Can’t say/ don’t know 12

 

Q4. Which party or candidate did you vote for under the proportional representation system in this past election of the House of Councilors? (N=713)

Liberal Democratic Party 23
Democratic Party ofJapan 35
Komeito 6
JapanCommunist Party 5
Social Democratic Party 2
The People’s New Party 2
The New Party ofJapan 2
Other political party or candidate 2
Did not vote 11
Can’t say/ don’t know 13

 

Q5. On which policy did you place importance when you vote for this past election of the House of Councilors election? Please choose as many as apply from the following list. (N=641)

Social security policy including pension and welfare policy 60
Increase of consumer tax rate 19
Issues of gap 25
Constitutional amendment 17
Educational reform 20
Foreign policy and national security 10
Issues relating to “politics and money” 32
Agricultural policy 10
Administrative reform 16
Others 2
Can’t say/ don’t know 10

 

Q6. In response to the setback in the House of Councilors election, Prime Minister Abe indicated his intention to continue his administration. What is your opinion on this? (N=713)

Support 36
Oppose 50
Can’t say/ don’t know 14

 

Q7. The ruling parties, LDP and Komeito, lost the majority in the election of the House of Councilors. How do you think the ruling parties should respond? Please choose one from the following five answers. (N=713)

Current system is all right as it is 6
Abe cabinet should be reshuffled 20
Framework of LDP/Komeitocoalition should be changed 7
Abe cabinet should resign 13
It should appeal to the country through dissolution of the House of Representatives and general elections 42
Can’t say/ don’t know 12

 

Q8. What kind of administration is desirable in the future? Please choose one from the following four answers. (N=713)

Liberal Democratic Party’s single-party administration 8
Coalition administration centered on the LDP andKomeito 14
Non-LDP coalition administration centered on the Democratic Party of Japan 28
Coalition administration in which part of LDP and DPJ participates 34
Others 4
Can’t say/ don’t know 13

 

Q9. Who do you think is most suitable to become the prime minister in the future? Please choose one from the following ten people. (N=713)

ShinzoAbe 14
Taro Aso 5
Junichiro Koizumi 12
Sadakazu Tanigaki 2
Yasuo Fukuda 5
Ichiro Ozawa 18
Naoto Kan 8
Yukio Hatoyama 4
Katsuya Okada 4
SeijiMaehara 2
Others 4
Can’t say/ don’t know 21

 

Q10. When do you think the dissolution of the House of Representatives and the general elections should be carried out? (N=713)

The House of Representatives should be dissolved immediately 14
The House of Representatives should be dissolved within this year 30
The House of Representatives should be dissolved in the spring of next year 15
It is not necessary to dissolve it in a hurry 29
Others 0
Can’t say/ don’t know 11

 

F1. Gender (Determined by the polltaker) (N=713)

Male 42
Female 58
Unknown 0

 

F2. How old are you? (N=713)

In my 20s 7
In my 30s 15
In my 40s 15
In my 50s 21
In my 60s 24
70 years old or older 18
Refused to answer 1

Average age: 54.3

 

F3. What is your occupation? Please choose one from the following list. (N=713)

Agriculture, forestry and fisheries 5
Employee (company or government employee, teacher, etc.) 37
Self-owned business, self-employed (including a homemaker) 13
Full-time housewife(without job only) 21
Student 1
Unemployed 21
Refused to answer 2

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